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

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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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Is it possible (intellectually honest) to 'contextualise' the 'anti-divorce' passages, but not the 'anti-homosexual' ones?

(Disclaimer: This is an honest question, I'm not trying to be inflammatory. Also I confess to not having done a great deal of research on this one) I'm not familiar with the positions of all ...
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How literally is Romans 10:14 supposed to be taken?

I recently learned that St. Augustine held an extremely literal view of a particular verse in Romans... Romans 10:14 (NLT)  14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they ...
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What does Revelation 21:5 mean by “everything”?

Revelation 21:5 (NIV):: He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” My pastor included this ...
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What is the “Leviathan” mentioned in Job?

I'm trying to brush up on my apologetics skills, but this is one question I haven't found a clear answer to. I've seen a few explanations for this — a dinosaur, crocodile, whale etc., but none ...
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Can Christians be judges

There is this famous, often (ab)used phrase "judge not, lest you be judged", which implies -to me at least- that people on the whole, and Christians in particular, should defer from judging other ...
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What did Paul mean by 'work out your salvation'? [closed]

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Does ...
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What arguments can be made that 1 Corinthians 15 is not about Physical Resurrection?

This is something of a long shot. I had a friend look at 1 Cor 15 (and other parts of the Bible) and he formed the conclusion that 1 Cor 15 was about a spiritual and not bodily resurrection. ie that ...
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Is “Rapture” or “Caught up alive” in contradiction to God's words “Dust to dust”?

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. (Genesis 3:19, NIV) Just as ...
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Does God care about Denominational differences? [closed]

As a Protestant and Catholic household, we are aware of the differences between our two Denominations, but as Christians we are also well aware that we are bonded by a common belief that Jesus death ...
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Why did Elisha curse children?

23 And he(Elisha) went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; ...
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What was Jesus' soul?

In the following Scriptures Jesus refers to my soul: Matthew 26:38 KJV Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. Mark 14:34 ...
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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. ...
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Do Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 contradict each other?

I have been replaying Luke 1:48 and Luke 11:27-28 in my mind. Something doesn't make sense here. Luke 1:48 is the part of Mary's song where Mary announces that all successive generations will call her ...
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Why would Jesus begin to be called the Son of God?

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35, NIV) This verse ...
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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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How do people become the sheep that Jesus speaks of in John 10?

In my daily Bible study, I've been working through the book of John, and have come to the point where Jesus makes several references to the sheep of His sheepfold. Today's passage, below, which marks ...
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How do Old Earth Creationists use 2 Peter 3:8 to support the “day-age” theory?

It seems that a popular argument for Old Earth Creationists (OECs) is that 2 Peter 3:8 shows the Genesis days could be longer periods of time and not literal 24 hour days: 2 Peter 3:8 ESV But do ...
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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 ...
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Did Jesus' parables have different meanings to the different Gospel writer's congregations?

My parish priest uses the example of Matthew 13:18-23 to explain that this one explanation of the parable of the sower was the one that Matthew, wanted to put in his Gospel to drive home some ...
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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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What does it mean that “many parts which are plain have been taken away”?

The question To what point in time do the dead sea scrolls prove the bible accurate? made me wonder: Is the common interpretation of 1 Nephi 13:26-28 that something was physically omitted from ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, ...
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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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How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil?

How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil? As it was said that Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong. Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now ...
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Did God's curse on Cain extend to only Cain, Cain's descendants or to everyone?

When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, did that curse extend to Cain's offspring, to Cain alone, or to everyone? God tells Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth ...
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Which denominations follow “queer theology”?

According to this page, it briefly describes this: Queer theology begins with an assumption that gender non-conformity and homosexual desire have always been present in human history, and are ...
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What is Typology in the context of Christianity, and how does it help understand doctrinal matters?

What is Typology in the context of Christianity, and how does it help understand, or enhance our understanding of doctrinal matters? Also, is this something that the Church has always believed ...
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What does it mean to “worship in truth”?

In the early verses of this scripture, Jesus tells the woman that we wouldn't need to go to the mountains or Jerusalem to worship. ...God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him ...
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What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden?

What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden, mentioned in Genesis (English Standard Version Bible)? Do they all correspond to actual rivers today? I know the 3rd, ...
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What is the proper use of money in Luke 16:1-13?

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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What exactly is the biblical reference to a serpent?

It seems that most places in the bible where serpents are referred to they are a reference to Satan/the devil. Yet in Mathew 10:16 Christ says, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ...
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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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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 difference between Hell and Lake of Fire? [duplicate]

The answers on this question "Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire" are not clear enough regarding difference between Hell and Lake of Fire. And the sea gave up the dead which were ...
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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise? [closed]

The serpent said so. The gnostics said so. Many others say so. But what does Christians say? And how do they interpret the bible? In my Swedish translation it simply states that Eve gained wisdom, ...
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What is the significance of Ehud being left-handed?

In Judges 3 we find an interesting story about Israel's left-handed assassin and his hit on Moab's obese king, Eglon. Judges 3:15-22 ESV Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the ...
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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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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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In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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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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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 is the power that Christians possess?

There are some verses that use the terminology "power", and I heard it with different preachers that the Christians possess power. Here are some examples: and my speech and my message were not in ...
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What is the way of Cain, the error of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core (Korah)?

Jude 1:11 (KJV): Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Jude 1:11 (NIV): Woe to ...
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Did Jonah die and rise from the dead?

I've heard from a friend a theory claiming Jonah died in the whale's belly and then he was raised from the dead to preach to the Ninevites. He told me it is based on those verses: "He said: “In my ...
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What is the significance of Matthew starting with the names of the ancestors of Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew starts by stating the names of ancestors of Jesus Christ. Does that have any significance other than to establish that Jesus was a descendant of King David?
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Who is Father or God in Christianity

The following are some lines in which Jesus (Peace be upon him) mentions "Father" or "God". Is Islam we consider "Father" or "God" to be referring to Allah as Jesus (Peace be upon him) is ...
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" of ...
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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Is the tree of “knowledge of good and evil” the same as the “tree of life”?

Is there one off-limits tree in the Garden of Eden or two? Genesis speaks of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17) and then later talks of the tree of life (Genesis 3:22). Are they the ...