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

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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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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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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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In the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, what is the the distinction between the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge?

In the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, what is the the distinction between the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge? cf. Isaiah 11:2 (RSVCE) 2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest ...
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What does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers mean?

Does the Parable of the Vineyard Workers (in Matthew 20) mean that those who die exactly on judgement day will be the first to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Does this mean that when people die they ...
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Did God change the DNA and genetics of Adam's rib? [closed]

I recently read an article which talked about Mitochondrial DNA, and it placed quite a bit of emphasis on how different female DNA was from male DNA. It even went so far as to say that Mitochondrial ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Isaiah 14:21?

The canon of the entire Bible was essentially settled around the turn of the fourth century. By logical extension, the Catholic Church thereby affirmed that the book of Isaiah represented the Word of ...
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What does Paul mean by “Love believes all things?”

In 1 Corinthians Paul says Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7, ESV) This has long puzzled me from a couple of angles. ...
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What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

On the fourth day, God created lights in the expanse of the heavens for "signs", among other things. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the ...
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What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?

I've heard some stories about how kids have died and come back to life a couple of minutes later with a note or something from heaven (e.g., Colton Burpo). Is this biblical? Is it possible? Could it ...
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What happens to Hell after Revelation 21:1?

This question popped into my head after reading this question. God states, quite specifically, in v.5 that He would make everything new, "for the old order of things has passed away". Which leads to ...
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What scriptural evidence exists in support of our spirit's pre-mortal existence? [duplicate]

Some denominations believe that our spirit existed before we were born on this earth. What scriptural/historical evidence do they use to lay support for their claims?
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Did Jeremiah lie in Jeremiah 38:27

Is Jeremiah lying here? I know that Jeremiah had previously discussed not being sent back to Jonathan's house in Jeremiah 37:20, but that is not the conversation that the officials seem to be asking ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12?

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (RSVCE) has: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will ...
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What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?

Does Paul point to any type of mystical experience when he speaks of "in Christ"? What does he express? It seems this phrase cannot be taken literally - so what is the deeper meaning of it, possibly ...
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What is the specific meaning of “believe” in John 3:16? [duplicate]

I would like to know the specific meaning of the word "believe" in John 3:16 when it says whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Many people that I know say that they ...
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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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What does it mean for Christ to have been slain before the creation of the world? [closed]

The book of Revelation describes Jesus as "slain before the foundations of the earth": All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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Why did Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords? [duplicate]

Why did Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords? Was he suggesting they be warriors like the ancient Israelites? “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a ...
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What is the basis for an omnipotent God allowing imperfect transmission of his Word? [closed]

tl;dr> Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur If so, Why? Some assumptions for my question first. First, God knows all things, even future ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret 1 Timothy 4:3

In it's context in the NRSVCE (including section title): False Asceticism 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful ...
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Why did God tell David to go to the town of Hebron?

After the death of Saul, David asks God where he should Go. God indicates he should to to Hebron, where David is soon anointed king. 2 Samuel 2:1 (NIV): In the course of time, David inquired of ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room and saying, "I got an investment that I want you to invest all your money in." You test him. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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Is receiving the Holy Spirit the completion of Salvation? [closed]

In Luke Chapter 11:1 through 13, Jesus exhorts us seek righteousness through persistence. Luke 11:9 and 10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they ...
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What is the difference between the first and second resurrection in the book of Revelation?

I want to understand What is the meaning of first resurrection and second resurrection. Revelation 20:5 KJV But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does “One faith” mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “do not go beyond what is written.”

In 1 Cor 4:6, Paul instructs the church in Corinth to "not think above what is written." Did any early Christian scholars (before translation of the Bible into English) comment on this? If so, what ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question addresses the first part of the passage. The second part is the phrase Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes ...
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What do people fear in Jude 1:23?

I know fear can mean multiple things. But what I'm getting out of Jude 1:23 is that people saved others by fearing something. Do they fear Satan? Or do they fear God? The whole time, I was assuming ...
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Who is the Spirit hearing from in John 16:13? [closed]

I'm wondering who the Spirit is hearing from in this verse: John 16:13 (ESV) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but ...
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

I was raised a Lutheran, and am looking for an answer from someone (like a Lutheran) who believes in salvation by grace alone (by faith alone, etc.). I still believe in salvation by faith alone ...
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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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What does Romans 11:32 mean? [closed]

For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. NLT Does this scripture mean that God made everyone disobedient just to have mercy on us?
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How does calling someone an “idiot” make one bound for Gehenna?

How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna? I'm sure there is something of translation, meaning, or ancient culture to be considered here. ...and whoever says, You cursed fool! ...
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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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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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Are only Christians allowed to speak directly to God or can anyone?

In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 5 we are given the summation by Moses of God having spoken directly to the Nation of Israel and giving them the ten commandments from fire. All Scripture is quoted ...
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What are the 'things offered to idols'?

What are the 'things offered to idols' written about in Acts 15:29 and the 'things polluted by idols' of Acts 15:20? How was this understood by the Apostles and their followers? On what laws in the ...
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Who is entitled to partake in the Lord's Supper? [closed]

1 Cor 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. What does this mean, "unworthily"? (cp. 1 Cor. ...
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What is the “present crisis” in 1 Corinthians 7?

In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul says regarding marriage, Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. What is the "present crisis"?
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'take up your cross and follow me'?

What exactly did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Does it mean we should carry our burdens in life, or what?
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Does the Bible say for sure that Daniel was a eunuch?

Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. (Dan 1:9, KJV) The prince of the eunuchs is the guy Daniel asks for permission to eat the pulse and water ...
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Does Paul say in Galatians that we put our faith in Jesus or work to stop sinning?

One minute Paul says anyone who tries to earn their way to heaven by obeying the law will die. An then he goes on to say don't obey the desires of your sinful nature. OK, I'm confused. Do we put ...
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Why did Elisha curse children?

2 Kings 2:23-24 (KJV) 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 ...