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

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Does John 6:44 imply that there is no free will when it comes to salvation? [closed]

I was struck by reading this verse in John the other night: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him I've heard the term 'predestination', however it is unclear to me how ...
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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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What does the parable of the Fig Tree mean? [closed]

Luke 13:6-9 (NIV) 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care ...
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Was Enoch sinless?

I find this wording interesting in Genesis 5:24 (NIV) (my emphasis) Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. To me, this means God took Enoch to heaven. ...
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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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If jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

Exodus 20:4–5 reads: for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me But jealousy is sin,...
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In Protestant churches, who is the authority in interpreting the Bible?

I need a better understanding of Protestant teaching on who has the authority to interpret Sacred Scripture.
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What did Pilate mean by asking “What is truth?” [closed]

When Jesus is brought before Pilate, he asks him if he is a king. When Jesus admits that he is Pilate says “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In ...
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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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Is there any significance to naming Lazarus in this parable? [closed]

The parable I'm referring to is 'The Rich Man and Lazarus': 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar ...
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How many resurrections (raptures) will there be? [closed]

Revelations 20:4-6 NIV 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and ...
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Who first described Pentecost as a reversal of Babel?

In Spiritual Maturity, J. Oswald Sanders describes Pentecost as a reversal of Babel. An online search shows this to be a link made by others, and in a related thesis on the topic, Paul J. Pastor goes ...
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What exactly did Jesus mean when He said “I am coming soon” and similar phrases? [closed]

From Jesus: Luke 17:37 (NLT)  37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked.    Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass ...
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Do Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have polar opposite views of wisdom? [closed]

I've noticed that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have shockingly differing views of wisdom and knowledge: “Her [wisdom and understanding personified] ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.”...
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Why did Adam claim he was “naked” before God when he and Eve had clothed themselves with fig leaves?

After sinning, Adam and Eve "sewed fig leaves together" and made clothing for themselves. However, when God comes into the garden and calls to Adam, Adam responds by claiming that he was afraid and ...
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What does it mean to comment on scripture with scripture?

What does it mean to "comment on a verse with a verse" or "only scripture can explain scripture"? I see these kinds of comments popping up in comment threads that discuss the meaning of a verse. What ...
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What is the significance of the three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve in the garden? [closed]

Genesis 3 indicates that there were three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the ...
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Does the Bible make a distinction between Christian and secular love?

John makes this startling claim in his first epistle. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) 7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows ...
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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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What is an overview of how Christian commentators have explained rulers to be a terror to bad conduct?

Paul writes in Romans 13: For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. (Romans 13:3a ESV) If we interpret it as referring to all rulers at all times this statement does not seem to ...
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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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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

Revelation 1:1 (NIV) reads: The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. So ...
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What does “in the image of God” mean? [closed]

Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild ...
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What does being lukewarm mean in contrast with being hot or cold for the church of Laodicea?

From Rev. 3:14-22(ESV) 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 “‘I know your works:...
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Did Thomas actually touch Jesus's side?

John 20:24-29 24Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, ...
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The effect of poison on Christians [closed]

Can someone explain me these passages about the effect of poison? Who is immune to poison? Why do they have this trait? Why isn't anyone today immune to poison? Mark 16:17-18 17And these ...
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What does it mean to pray in Jesus' Name? [closed]

A few times in the book of John, Jesus instructs us to pray "in His Name". What does this mean? How do we know if we are praying in His name? How would we not be praying in His name? I don't ...
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What is the argument in support of personal interpretation of the Scriptures?

The Catholic church teaches that only the Church (Magisterium) has the right to interpret Scriptures whereas Protestant churches typically believe that anyone has that right. What is the argument ...
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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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Does “Where ever there is more than one of you gathered in My name” apply to the Internet? [closed]

I mean I'd like to think so...and people communicate on this site about Christianity, but I was wondering if a virtual gathering counted as well. The verse I'm referring to is Matthew 18:20: 20 ...
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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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Is Levi from Luke 5:27 and Mark 2:14 referring to the apostle Matthew

Both Luke 5:27 and Mark 2:14 mention a tax collector named Levi: 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to ...
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Why did the soldiers go backward and fall down when Jesus said “I am he” in John 18:6? [closed]

I really don't get it. Why did the soldiers trying to arrest Jesus go backward and fall to the ground in John 18:6? Was it because they realized that he was the I AM? If so, then why did they arrest ...
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Who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse: Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning,     &...
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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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How do Christians that do not believe in inerrancy interpret the Bible?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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Why did God relent on killing Moses when Zipporah circumcised their son?

In Exodus 4 we are told that God sought to kill Moses for not circumcising his son in accordance with the law given to Abraham in: Genesis 17:11 KJV And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your ...
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What is joy? How is it different from happiness (or is it)?

The bible talks all about joy. Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ...
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Why did God describe the light as being good, but not the darkness?

In the account of creation in Genesis 1, it seems that God describes many of the things He creates as being "good". Verse 2 indicates that prior to there being light, there was "darkness over the ...
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What is the difference between “called” and “chosen”?

Matthew 22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen. [ESV] What is the difference between “called” and “chosen” here? Though I believe in predestination, I struggle to see how this verse ...
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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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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to? [closed]

In the Bible, when it refers to “two becoming one flesh”, does it mean that the physical act of sex creates a position where both bodies are connected? or the flesh (DNA) from the man and and ...
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What does the Bible say about praying too much? [closed]

I don't understand how these verses: "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few."...
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What did Jesus quote Psalm 22: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

What is the correlation between these two scripture? Why Jesus felt forsaken if he knew what was going on? Why was it mentioned in Old Testament as well as New Testament(in two places)? My God, ...
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How valid is the JEDP theory?

The JEDP theory basically states that the first five books of the bible (the Pentatauch) were not written by a single person, but rather by four different people. I'm trying to understand if this ...
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Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?

The scene of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane has confused me for a time. How could Jesus be overcome with fear or anguish or what-have-you when his Spirit is one of power and self-control, ...
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Why did Jesus say that “Mary has chosen the better part”? [closed]

Why did Jesus tell Martha, who was serving the Lord and making preparations, that Mary had "chosen what is better"? As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a ...
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What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed?

In 2 Tim 3:16, Paul writes All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and ...
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Of whom is God jealous?

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate ...