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

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Creation order of events: Was there unanimous consent among the Church Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent (as described here and here) among the Fathers of the Church who wrote on the interpretation of Genesis that the order of events of creation actually occurred in the order ...
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Is the unpardonable sin unpardonable? [duplicate]

I understand that in Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
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Why was there a 'governor' at the Wedding in Cana?

The miracle of the Wedding at Cana is described in John 2. There are specific references to a 'governor'/'ruler' of the feast in John 2:7-10. What role did a 'governor' at a wedding perform at this ...
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In Matthew 5:25 what does it mean to be in the way with our adversary?

Jesus Christ said the following words recorded in Matthew 5:25 "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and ...
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Tower of Babel dispersion after the Table of Nations?

Genesis 11 has the story of the Tower of Babel, which is the event which caused all the nations to be dispersed into the World. But the chapter before, Genesis 10, called the Table of Nations, ...
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What does 1 Corinthian 2:15 mean?

Is this verse saying that spiritual people are above the judgment of those who are not spiritual? Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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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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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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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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Catholic Exegesis: The Cleansing of the Temple

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. ...
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Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death?

In I Chronicles 13, why was David upset? Was it mainly upset about Uzzah's death because of the amount of responsibility that came with being God's anointed and being responsible for the Ark of the ...
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Why did God kill Uzzah ? - 2 Samuel 6:6-7 [closed]

6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent ...
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Are we supposed to ASK for wisdom or SEEK it--or are they the same thing?

I'm a bit confused on a seeming "contradiction" on how to obtain wisdom from God. James 1:5-6 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it ...
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Context for Paul and Solomon's usage of “heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:20 - "On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Proverbs 25:22 - "In ...
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Did God give Moses visions of History and the Tabernacle on Mount Sinai? [closed]

After Moses spent forty days and nights on the mountain, he gave the people the requirements God had told him to say to the Israelites: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation unless ...
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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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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. First,...
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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 ...