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

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Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying that the least in the kingdom of heaven in greater than John the Baptist?

We read at Matthew 11:11 (NRSVCE): "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." What ...
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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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How do Mormons interpret Phillipians 2:6?

In the context of the doctrine of exaltation, which says that God was a man who was exalted to Godhead, and Jesus after him, interpret Phillipians 2:6, which says that Jesus was "in the form of God" ...
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How well supported is the generic interpretation Rublev's Icon as being a depiction of the Holy Trinity as portrayed in Genesis 18? [closed]

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It is generally taken to be depicting the three men of Genesis 18 as being ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul notes that he is thankful he did not have to baptize some individuals. 14: I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius 15: so ...
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Who is the king described in 2 Kings 8:1–6?

2 Kings 8:1–6 (ESV) 1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine, ...
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Why was Paul annoyed with the loud slave girl in Acts 16? [closed]

In Acts 16, why was Paul annoyed with the slave girl who had a spirit of divination and kept shouting "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation."? Isn't ...
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Definition of light in Matthew 5:16 [closed]

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives ...
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Why did Judas need to identify Jesus?

Annas, Caiaphas and all other important people of synagogue knew the identity of Jesus and how he looks. So why was the kiss necessary? In Gethsemane garden Jesus was only with 11 disciples. The Mob ...
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Was Phoebe a deacon?

Was Phoebe a deacon? The NIV/NLT translators seem to think deacon: Romans 16:1 (NIV) I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. Furthermore, when I read the ...
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Is Jesus speaking from Himself or is the Holy Spirit speaking through Him? [closed]

When Jesus spoke, are the words recorded His own as the Messiah, or those of God delivered through Him by his Holy Spirit? How can we distinguish? Jesus and the Holy Spirit who filled Him sometimes ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:5, what do the “many gods and many lords” refer to?

In 1 Corinthians 8:5–6, we read: 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God (ESV) I'm having ...
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Deuteronomy, chapter 13 [closed]

Deut 13 mentions a prophet (or 'sons of belial'- v.13) coming along and seducing about God/religion things (let us follow other gods / gods you have not known). It mentions that even if the thing he ...
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Does Revelation 21 teach that the entire universe will be made new? [closed]

Does Revelation 21:1a, "a New Heaven and a New Earth," mean the whole universe will be made new and not just the earth?
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How did Nathanael see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man? [closed]

In Jesus' encounter with Nathanael, Jesus concludes the conversation by indicating that Nathanael, as well as others, would see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. 43 ...
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How do Calvinists interpret 1 John 2:2 in light of Limited Atonement?

1 John 2:2 (ESV) He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Understanding the "ours" as referring to the universal church of believers, ...
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What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?

If there is no clear definition stemming from the Bible of what makes one a Christian, how does mainstream Christianity justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?...
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Which came first, man or animal? [duplicate]

Genesis 1:24-27 states that humans were created after the other animals, and the first man and woman were created simultaneously. 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature ...
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Are we living with Angels in flesh?

Are we living with angels in flesh? I've heard of the spiritual element of angels through the Bible and other mediums, but the following verse introduces them in flesh. "Do not forget to show ...
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How do Seventh Day Adventists interpret Romans 14:5?

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. ‭Romans‬ ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about women, prayer, and head coverings. As he often does, rather than simply laying down a law, he appeals to logic and well known facts. For example, Doth not even ...
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What is the 'reward' that Jesus is referring to in Matthew 6:6?

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:6 NIV I would like to ...
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How do Calvinists explain Luke 19:41-44

How do Calvinists explain Luke 19:41-44: 41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! ...
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How do I interpret Joshua 10? [closed]

I know questions have been asked looking for scientific evidence; but let's set that aside. If we are to interpret the bible, we must interpret it with scripture, no? This is why I will not accept ...
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What does 'do not be overrighteous' mean in Ecclesiastes?

What does the following verse mean? Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise - Why destroy yourself? (Ecclesiastes 7:16, NIV) The Bible often asks us to be righteous (Psalm 106:3, Matthew ...
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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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In the Lord's Prayer, to what does “daily bread” refer? [closed]

I am taught that in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) all petitions concern matters of our souls upon which we should meditate, except the fourth, "Give us today our daily bread" which petitions for ...
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Holy children, does it mean that they are saved if they die young?

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Galatians 2:7?

From my understanding, the Catholic belief of ordained church leadership comes from the interpretation of Jesus' words to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...
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How do Protestants understand major differences in doctrine between denominations?

As a Catholic I believe that the Catholic Church was established by Jesus and given the authority to teach infallibly on the topics of faith and morals. My understanding is that many Protestants ...
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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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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

Today's OT Reading for CoE Common Worship was Exodus 32:15-34. Although to the modern ear it appears indiscriminate no doubt it wasn't. Please could someone explain why the Levites as the Priestly ...
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Paul's analysis of Abraham's “offspring(s)” in Galatians 3 [closed]

In Paul's letter to the Galatians, he talks about (among other things) how God's promise to Abraham was fulfilled in Christ. Galatians 3:16 reads (in the NRSV; other translations may say "seed", "...
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How do Baptists interpret the summoning of Samuel by the medium of Endor?

Considering that Baptists generally believe that the soul of a faithful servant of God is immediately united with God upon death, how does the Baptist Church interpret 1 Samuel 28:8: 8 So Saul ...
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The Greatest Commandment - Loving God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) strength

Jesus highlights Deuteronomy 6:5 as the greatest commandment in the law. This commandment highlights three aspects of loving God, specifically with our hearts, our souls, and our strengths. Love ...
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Understanding Jesus counter argument against the Pharisees (Luke 11:19 )

I don't understand the following counter argument by Jesus. And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Luke 11:19 One viewpoint is that the Pharisees' students (...
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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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Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans? [closed]

I was looking back over Genesis 9, just after the flood, when God allowed man to eat animals for food. The text is fairly interesting here: 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood ...
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How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What does the Bible really teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41–42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
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Jesus called God his own Father, and this is supposed to mean that Jesus is equal with God. Why?

John 5:18 reads as follows: This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself ...
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Did we exist before we were born? [duplicate]

Jeremiah 1:4–5 (NIV) reads: 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I'd like to know if this hints that ...
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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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The Jews were so offended after Stephen said that he saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God in Acts 7:55 that they stoned him. Why? [closed]

Jesus is pictured as "sitting" at the right hand of God, rather than standing, in most of the New Testament. But Stephen saw Jesus "standing" in Acts 7:55. Then in verse 58 they cast him out of the ...
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Who are the “little ones” in Luke 17:2?

From Luke 17:1-3, NIV: Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into ...
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Did Jesus and the repentant thief reunite in heaven on the very day they died?(Catholic view)

The reading of Luke 23:43 differs depending on how we punctuate it: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Or And Jesus said unto him, ...
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Were Jews allowed to sacrifice to the LORD at altars other than at the tabernacle and temple?

I am familiar with the references in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that legislated that the sacrifices were to occur only where the LORD had chosen to "put His name." He evidently had put His name with ...
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What's the problem with groves?

In Exodus 34:13, Deuteronomy 7:5, Deuteronomy 12:3, God states laws against idolatry, and God says to cut down or burn groves: Exodus 34:13 KJV But ye shall destroy their altars, break their ...
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Did the “spirit of Samuel” come from God? [closed]

Was the "spirit of Samuel" that the witch of Endor summoned (1st Samuel 28:11-19) from God or from Satan?
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it ...