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

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What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?

Here are some common definitions from a dictionary for ‘literal’: Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words. Word for word; verbatim: a ...
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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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Proverbs 14:4 - What does this mean? [closed]

Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. I've been reading proverbs lately, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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Knowledge of your sin

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which ...
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How does spiritual maturity affect our hermeneutic (how we interpret the Bible)?

The are various Bible passages that compare learning to the phase of infancy to adulthood. I assume children and adults have a similar hermeneutic, in terms of logic, yet they do not see things the ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God?

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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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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What is the Biblical view of “the spiritual gift of leadership”?

Romans 12 is said to describe "spiritual gifts". (See this post, for instance.) Such gifts are often regarded as being granted supernaturally to specific Christians, who are then specially able to ...
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Is Matthew 28 saying something about Baptism?

On our sister site I asked a question about what the correct grammatical interpretation of Matthew 28:19 is with relation to baptism. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing ...
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What was Paul's “revelation” (mentioned in Galatians 2:2)?

Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which ...
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Did Thomas 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 ...
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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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What does the Bible say about giving your life away for Jesus?

On a Christian radio station I constantly hear the phrase "to give your life away for Jesus" but they never say what that means. I am very confused about this concept. Any clarification is helpful, ...
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Why isn't God mentioned in Esther?

As you may know, God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, either by name (Yahweh), title (Adonai), or being (El). Neither is prayer. Why not? I realize this is rather open ended, so I'll try to ...
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Why does the throne in Daniel 7:9 have wheels and are they literally wheels?

Daniel 7:9 He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire. There are also references to wheels in Ezekiel Chapter 10 (which may or may not be related). Is there a significance to the ...
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Per Ecclesiastes 7:16, Does the Bible want me to sin?

From Ecclesiastes 7:16, Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? So, why does the Bible say, "don't be too righteous"? Encouraging one to be moderate in ...
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What does it mean “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)? Psalm ...
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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., ...
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Why and when did allegorical interpretations of Scripture lose their appeal?

Gregory of Nyssa's book The Life of Moses is, if nothing else, a very interesting read. He goes through Moses' account in Exodus and ascribes spiritual meanings to every little detail, although it is ...
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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 does it mean that someone managed to live beyond 120 years?

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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Have there been any attempt in Christianity to draw a set of rules or principles on how the Bible must be interpreted?

Have there been any attempt in Christianity to draw a set of rules or principles on how the Bible must be interpreted? For example, I know some Christians take the words of the Lord literally that He ...
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Why was Tamar more righteous than Judah?

Genesis 38 tells the story of Judah and Tamar. At first Tamar was married to Er (Judah's firstborn son) but he was wicked and killed by the Lord v6-7. So Judah tells Tamar to wait until his youngest ...
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Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
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Did God REALLY want to destroy the people of Israel?

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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Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges) [closed]

The Sodom story in Genesis 19 is about the attempted gang-rape of two (apparent) men. This is usually taken as an indictment against homosexuality in general. A very similar story appears in Judges ...
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What does Jesus mean by saying, “Why do you call me good?”

Luke 18:19 (NKJV) So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. My question is: is this contradictory? What does Jesus mean by this statement?
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What is the biblical basis for the position that Embryonic Stem Cell Research is immoral/sinful?

Many churches teach the embryonic stem cell Research is strictly wrong, while adult stem cell research is alright. What is the biblical basis for this teaching and why are the two distinguished?
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Significance of Genesis 1 verb choices

I was surprised recently when I read Genesis 1 again, and noticed how inactive God is during the creation process. I mean that from a literary standpoint, not a literal one... bear with me. :) Below ...
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Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home?

Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home? Does 1 Timothy 5:8 mean that only the husband is to provide for the family? Anyone who does not provide for their ...
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In the parable of the sower, what exegetical reasons are there to interpret the third type of soil to be genuine Christians?

In the parable of the sower, four types of soil are mentioned. It seems to be pretty commonly accepted that the first two types of soils represent unbelievers or "make believers". The fourth type of ...
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Was it Adino or his army that killed eight hundred at one time?

2 Samuel 23:8 KJV These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear ...
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What is the significance of the three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve in the garden?

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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To what do the seven churches of Revelation refer?

I have heard of the Seven Church Ages interpretation of the seven churches of Revelation, specifically that each church identified there also represents ages of the church since that time. I've also ...
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What did Jesus mean when He said we must “eat His flesh and drink His blood”?

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 is the significance of Eve being created as a “helper fit for [Adam]?”

The Bible appears to indicate that there was a specific purpose in the creation of Eve, from Adam, to be a helper fit for him. It seems, then, that the design of Adam and Eve may be distinct, while ...
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Does 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 assume Christian pacifism?

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Paul makes a contrast between spiritual warfare and war "according to human standards": Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

At the time of Noah, God said: Genesis 6:3 NIV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” ...
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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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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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Jesus on how seeds germinate

Jesus tells us in John 12:24 that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Today the process of germination ...
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Why do women have inferior rights in the Bible? [closed]

The Bible has many parts (in both the Old and New Testaments) that shows the inferior status of women. Does this come from status in ancient times or does it have another basis? Why do woman today ...
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The effect of poison on Christians

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 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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What are the “seven spirits of God”?

In Revelation, we see God along with the "Seven Spirits before his throne". Revelations 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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What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?

We hear that we are no longer under the law. It even says so in Galations: Galations 3:23-25 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith ...
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What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?

After the Flood abates, God reassures Noah that it was a one time event: Genesis 9:13 (ESV) I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. The ...
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Why are wives considered the “weaker partner”? (1 Peter 3:7)

In 1 Peter, we read: 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the ...
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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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Is Paul making an oath in Galatians 1?

Several times in the New Testament, we are told not to make oaths but to make simple statements of affirmation or denial. For example... Matthew 5:33-37 (NIV)     33 “Again, ...