Exegesis is the critical interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance.

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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?

I think we can all agree that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken literally. Consider the Song of Solomon (what would his lover look like if we take it literally?) or the book of Revelation. ...
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What is the significance of “seventy times seven”?

Twice in the bible, God makes reference to "seventy times seven" (or "seventy-seven times"). Once in Genesis 4:24 (dealing with Cain's punishment for his murder of Abel), and the other in Matthew 18:...
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From an idealist perspective, what are the “seven spirits of God”?

In Revelation, we see God along with the "Seven Spirits before his throne". Revelation 1:4 (NIV) John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who ...
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Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers? [closed]

1 Corinthians 14:22-25 confuses me. Verse 22 states: Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So, tongues is ...
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What did Jesus mean when He said we must “eat His flesh and drink His blood”? [closed]

In John 6, Jesus states that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in us: Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink ...
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears?

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?

Famous computer scientist Donald Knuth is also the author of 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated (A-R Editions, 1990). This is a tour of the Bible using the methodology of "stratified random sampling", where ...
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Blood transfusions and Christianity? [closed]

Inspired by this question, if we choose to allow a doctor to heal us, how far is too far? In Lev 17:13-14: 13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird ...
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Where does the Bible stand on vegetarianism? [closed]

The subject of vegetarianism (or dietary recommendations in general) appears to me to be a bit ambivalent in the Bible. For example, Genesis 1:29 , Romans 14:21 and Isaiah 65:21-25 appear to endorse ...
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What does it mean to “Bless the LORD”?

Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits What does it mean to say "Bless the ...
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How do Old-Earth Creationists explain Romans 5:12-19?

Old Earth Creationism incorporates evolution, which requires natural selection, which requires death. If death pre-dated Adam, then death pre-dated sin. How then do Old Earth Creationists explain ...
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What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)?

What are the common Protestant interpretations of Luke 1:48 (KJV)? Luke 1:48 (KJV) 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall ...
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Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

It seems like a "cure" for leprosy that involves taking two birds, killing one and dipping the other in the blood of the first, then sprinkling the blood in a particular fashion, multiple times. ...
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Does God hate Sinners like he hates Sin? [closed]

I've heard it a thousand times, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Recently I came across a verse in Psalms 5:5 Psalm 5:5 (KJV) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?

John 3:5 (NKJV) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Does "born of water" means baptism i.e., water ...
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How do protestants understand Jesus' statement that unless we eat the flesh of the Son of Man we will have no life? [duplicate]

Catholics teach that they literally eat the body of Jesus during communion, a belief called Transubstantiation. Protestant churches mostly do not share this belief and there is no obligation to ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Heaven twice?

While studying the book of John I came to: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your ...
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Why is there no marriage in Heaven? [closed]

Why did Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven? Mark 12:25 NIV When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Is it because ...
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How do Roman Catholics reconcile the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus with his not having returned?

There are verses in the earlier Gospels that fairly explicitly say that Jesus will return: "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's “right hand”?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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How could Jesus be surprised?

Matthew 8:5-10 (NLT)  5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”  7 Jesus said,...
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Is there a difference between prayer and petition?

Philippians 4:6 uses two words, possibly implying a difference between prayer and petition. Can someone explain what this difference is? Philippians 4:6 (NIV) 6  Do not be anxious about ...
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What is the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22?

Inspired by an answer to one of my other questions, what is the proper meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22? KJV Abstain from all appearance of evil. NIV: reject every kind of evil. NKJV ...
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Do we answer the arguments of fools or not? How are Proverbs 26:4-5 to be understood?

Proverbs 26:4-5 (NLT) 4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,       or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of ...
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When were the angels created?

I was preparing a lesson for Sunday school and came across this passage in the teaching material: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who ...
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In the parable of the ten minas, why does the king kill his enemies? [closed]

The Parable of the Ten Minas Luke 19:27 (NIV) But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me. Now, this is spoken in the 3rd ...
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What feast does Paul refer to in 1 Corinthians 5:8?

What feast is Paul referring to? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 ...
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What is the proper use of money in Luke 16:1-13? [duplicate]

This is the parable of the dishonest manager, about to sacked for squandering his master's property. (We don't know if used the property for personal gain, or made bad investments, or what have you.) ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh?

In Exodus 1:15–16, the king of Egypt orders the Hebrew midwives to kill the sons born to Hebrew women. However, they do not obey: But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt ...
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Does God have a form as seen by John the Apostle?

Revelation 4 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow ...
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Why is a distressing spirit said to be from God? [on hold]

1 Samuel 16 reads: 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from ...
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What is the meaning of the word “ONE” in the Bible?

In the Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father John 10:30 but also says that we should be one with them John 17:11. In the Bible's original Greek text, is the same word used for both, or is ...
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In what way does the author of Hebrews argue that every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution?

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or ...
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When Pilate offered up Jesus or Barabbas for release, was this to the crowd for their justice or for pardon?

I have limited understanding of this was a tradition each year where Pilate would release a prisoner during the Jewish Passover but did this release mean a pardon? This was posed in my Sunday ...
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Was the serpent in the wilderness a foreshadowing of Jesus?

The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the ...
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Was the flood of Noah global or local? [closed]

Genesis 7 and 8 describes the flood of Noah, and says in part: The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, ...
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Who was Melchizedek? [closed]

Melchizedek ("King of Justice" in Hebrew) is mentioned in Genesis 14 as receiving the dime from Abraham, and breaking bread with him: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: ...
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What does it mean that Satan is “god of this world”?

In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul refers to Satan as "god of this world". What does it mean that Satan is god of this world? 2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the ...
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Why was God so upset with Moses for striking the rock the second time in the desert?

In Exodus, God commands Moses to strike a rock, and promises to make water flow in the desert for the people. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the ...
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What does it mean that someone managed to live beyond 120 years? [duplicate]

God Himself limited a human's lifespan to 120 years, as told in the following verse: Genesis 6:3 (NLT) 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they ...
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Did God REALLY want to destroy the people of Israel? [closed]

When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert, there were two interesting occasions when God wanted to destroy the people of Israel and start over. (There may be more occasions that I don't ...
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If there were no punishment for sin would salvation be necessary?

Every time I hear someone say that 'If God were a loving God he would not send people to Hell', It makes me wonder Why does God, who is such a loving God send unbelievers to Hell. Since Jesus said ...
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What does Jesus mean by “this generation” and “all these things” in Mark 13:30 [closed]

In Mark 13, Jesus tells about the last days and the tribulation. In this context, he says in verse 30 (KJV): Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be ...
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Is 1:Cor 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?

Paul makes it clear that the following section is not a command from God but his own opinion: Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by ...
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If the Bible is open to interpretation, how does one know which one is right? [closed]

Often times when I cite a particularly egregious passage from the Bible in an argument with a Christian, they just shrug and say it's not meant be taken literally, that it's parable, or worse - that ...
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What is the basis for the idea that the Song of Solomon is about the relationship between God and the church?

I am familiar with the interpretation of Song of Solomon which suggests that it is love poetry written by (or at the behest of, or in honour of, or later attributed to) King Solomon and that it is ...
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How do “once saved, always saved” advocates explain the Parable of the Sower?

How do advocates of a strict perseverance of the saints doctrine explain the Parable of the Sower? That is, how does someone explain it who believes that once someone is saved they cannot lose that ...
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What is the non-abstract definition of love according to the Bible? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,...
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What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?

Going back to original Hebrew texts where possible, what is the most basic understanding of the firmament (the substance/realm/space that God supposedly stuck between heaven from earth)? I've read a ...
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Why is Satan called the prince of the power of the air?

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of ...