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

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How does washing your face and anointing your head hide that you are fasting?

How does washing your face and "anointing your head" hide the fact that you are fasting? But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; (Matthew 6:17)
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What are common explanations for the angel being delayed for 21 days in Daniel 10:13?

In the book of Daniel chapter 10, Daniel is in a period of mourning because a great war is coming. He fasts for 21 days and then sees a vision of what I presume to be an angel. Before the angel ...
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How do those who believe in a works or works + faith based salvation interpret Jesus' words to the criminal in Luke 23:43? [closed]

Luke 23:39-43 tells of Jesus' interaction with the two criminals being crucified on either side of him: 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save ...
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Do any denomination read Matthew 24:5 from this perspective?

Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (Matthew 24:5, KJV) The statement when commented on usually is understood as others ...
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From where did Jesus draw the notion of salt losing its saltiness, for his usage “You are the salt of the earth” [closed]

At Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus says :“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and ...
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Please clarify Phil 2:8-9 with reference to the Trinity

In Philippians 2:8-9 we read: He [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why did Jesus address Martha in Luke 10:41 by repeating her name?

Luke 10:41 presents Jesus as calling Martha by name twice : “Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things". In today's usage of the language, we repeat a person's ...
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What is the relation of Jesus's and Jonah's boat stories?

Studying about "sleep" in the Bible I came across some passages and found out that the story of Jonah and Jesus in boats are quite similar. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, ...
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Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

It has been said that Matthew 19:4-6 indicates Jesus believed in an original Adam and Eve. I don't reach this conclusion at all. Can somebody help explain why people read it this way? Matthew 19:4-6 ...
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What is the Calvinist and Hyper-Calvinist understanding of the “whosoever will” from Rev. 22:17?

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev. 22:17 KJV) I've heard ...
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If faith without deeds, or actions, is dead, then what are these concrete actions?

I have been very concerned lately with James 2, starting with verse 14, especially with actions related to faith: What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't ...
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According to reformed theologians, was Barnabas an Apostle?

We usually read the position that there were only 12 Apostles + Paul, and that after the Apostolic era, we have no more Apostles at all. Specially I see this among Reformed theologians. But how do ...
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What do the woman and the man child from Rev.12 symbolize, for diferent traditions?

In the book of Revelation, chapter 12, verses 1 to 6, we read a story about a Woman, a Dragon and a man child. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the ...
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When was “pistis christou” first understood as a statement about Christ’s faith?

There is an ongoing debate among translators and commentators of Paul’s letters about how to understand the phrase Πίστις Χριστοῦ (pistis christou)1 -- “[the] faith[fulness] of Christ" vs. “faith in ...
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Why is Satan referred to as Beelzebub? [closed]

In one of the passages in the bible, Satan is referred to Beelzebub which means "lord of flies." But why flies? Why is this name so significant?
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that “Render Unto Caesar” affirmed the paying of taxes?

In Matthew 22:15–22, Luke 20:20–26, and Mark 12:13–17, the question "is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?" is perceived as a "trap" by both Jesus and the Pharisees who are putting the question forth. ...
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What did Jesus mean by seventy times seven? [duplicate]

We hear Jesus telling Peter at Matthew 18:22 :“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven " when Peter asks for the maximum number of times he is expected to forgive his brother or sister. ...
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Are there any groups of Christians who believe that all loans made with their money should be made without the expectation of repayment?

In Luke 6:35, Jesus says that Christians are to: "lend, expecting nothing in return" Are there any denominations or groups in Christianity (past or present) which have taught and acted on the ...
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Did Jesus forbid debt collection? [closed]

In both Luke 6:34, And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. and Luke 6:35, But love your ...
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What is the basis for arguing that the gospel has already been preached to “all nations”?

In Matthew 24:14 (cf. Mark 13:10), Jesus says: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Many ...
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What is the basis for believing that the wrath of God is not an accommodation?

It is widely accepted that the Bible contains many accommodated descriptions of God; the finite human mind cannot comprehend the infinite God, so he has revealed himself to us in ways which we can ...
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What is the origin of the interpretation of the Song of Solomon as a picture for Christ and the Church?

For today's average Christian, it is commonplace to read Song of Solomon as a prophetic picture of Christ, as the Bridegroom, and the Church, as the Bride. But where did this view have its beginning? ...
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Why was God so specific about how to make the Tabernacle?

The Book of Exodus (ch 25–27) spends quite a bit of time describing how to build the Tabernacle, right down to the type of metal and wood to use for minor parts, all straight from the mouth of God. ...
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Why did the children of Israel run out of food in the wilderness, causing them to complain? [closed]

In the wilderness, the children of Israel on more than one occasion ran out of food and/or water to the point that they complained about it to Moses. They probably had no way to get food or water on ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why does Wisdom merely “infer” the things to come?

I'm confused about Wisdom 8:8: Or again, if one yearns for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come. She understands the turns of phrases and the solutions ...
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Why was the prodigal son spoken harshly of by his elder brother?

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus narrates : "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living" (Lk 15:...
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Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes? [closed]

John 19: 23-24 reads: "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven ...
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Why did Simon Peter react so violently?

In John 18, when Jesus is in the Garden on Gethsemane, Judas approaches with a mob of Pharisees and soldiers, coming to arrest Him. 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out ...
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Why did the unborn child become happy at the voice of Mary's greeting?

Luke 1:39-45 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth ...
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Since YHWH and the Bible acknowledge other gods, does that mean that they literally exist?

Exodus 20:3 (NIV) reads, "You shall have no other gods before Me." According to the Tanakh (Old Testament), YHWH / Yahweh / (God) is an individual divine being, and the only God. Some sections of ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why did Jesus co-relate end of the world and passing of the generation of His time? [duplicate]

At Matthew 24:34 Jesus, while referring to the signs of the end of the world says: "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." Does the ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “the works of God might be displayed” in the man born blind?

John 9:1–3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, "It was not that ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider the 40 year trek in the wilderness an allegory?

Much of the story about the Israelites 40 year wandering in the desert wilderness is as hard to believe as the flood in Noah's day and the allegorical creation account in Genesis. Does the Catholic ...
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How do dispensationalists understand the “antichrists” and “last hour” in 1 John 2:18?

It seems that a large contingent of Christians believe the antichrist will come soon or at some future time and set in motion the eschatological "end times." How, then, can dispensationalists ...
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Is Romans 1:26 a condemnation of homosexuals or the sin of lust? [closed]

God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret John 3:35?

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. John 3:35 (ESV) The Father gave the Son the following: All authority (Matthew 28:18). Life in Himself (John 5:26). Authority ...
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John 1:47-49 understanding Nathaniel [duplicate]

As Nathaniel approaches Jesus the Lord says "here comes a true Israelite in whom there is no duplicity." Nathaniel asks "how do you know me?" Jesus answers "I saw you under the fig tree." Nathaniel ...
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Mark 6:48 - Why was Jesus about to walk on water past the disciples?

Mark 6:47-49 The Message (MSG): Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. ...
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How can the “Son of Man” passages of Matthew 24 be interpreted as a fulfilled prophecy?

Matthew 24 contains a prophecy spoken by Jesus. In verse 34, He says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (ESV) This verse is sometimes used ...
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Was it necessary for Jesus to be identified by a disciple of His? [duplicate]

Why did the Jewish leaders have to seek the help of Judas Iscariot in identifying Jesus for them ( Matt 26:49 ; Mark 14:45 ) . Is it that Jesus looked so similar to his disciples that it was ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret Luke 4:13, regarding the devil leaving Jesus “until an opportune time”?

Luke 4:13 (NIV) reads: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him [Jesus] until an opportune time. What is the Catholic interpretation of the phrase "until an opportune time"? ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to ...
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How do evangelicals interpret 1 Corinthians 10:16?

Evangelical Christians do not believe in Transubstantiation. Instead, a view held by many is that the communion elements are mere symbols of Christ's body and blood (source). The cup of blessing ...
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Who was Darius the Mede?

And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. [Daniel 5:31] I have read much about the possible identities of Darius the Mede; to me, the most convincing alias is that ...
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What is the Catholic view of what it meant for Jesus to be “called” Immanuel?

Matthew 1:23 (NIV) says: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23, NIV) But, nowhere in the Gospels is Jesus ...
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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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How do the Eastern Orthodox interpret this verse from Psalm 69:3?

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and brought to shame that desire evils ...
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How do the early church fathers expound upon the “exaltation of Christ” (Philippians 2:9-11) in light of the immutability of Jesus Christ?

Philippians 2:9-11 NIV 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on ...
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In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? [closed]

In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? It is my understanding that the Holy Ghost was sent after the death of Christ.
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If Mark's gospel presents Jesus as servant, why does John say he's unworthy to loose his shoes? [closed]

If Mark is the gospel which presents Jesus as servant, why did John the Baptist say in verse 7 that he was mightier than he and that he (John) was unworthy to stoop down and untie his shoes?