Questions tagged [exegesis]

Exegesis is the interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance. Exegesis questions should generally specify which perspective is desired. If you don't want questions from just one perspective, ask at the Biblical Hermeneutics site instead.

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Does the Catholic Church explain why Jesus only appeared in short apparitions to his followers post-resurrection?

The Gospels give the account of ten apparitions of Jesus, which he allowed his followers after the resurrection. The longest time he spent with them was perhaps during the co-journey to Emmaus, that ...
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Which Christians will Jesus reject? [closed]

What group is Jesus talking about in Matthew 7:21-23? Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in ...
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What's the body, soul and spirit? How do they relate to each other? [closed]

There has confusion as to the difference between the body, the soul and the spirit of man. What's the difference between these three:body, soul and spirit These three named as part of man in these ...
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Were the sexual laws in the Bible written for a male audience? [closed]

More specifically a male, heterosexual audience. Some exemplar verses from Leviticus 18 (warning some disturbing incest): "The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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How did Noah's lineage populate the entire planet after the Flood? [closed]

Noah and his family after the flood populated the entire earth? How did they get to Australia and become aborigines? How did they lose their culture, language and customs and become what we have now?...
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Did God want Satan to tempt Jesus as a means of showing the spiritual realm that Jesus's love for and loyalty to God was undeniable?

Matthew 4:1 "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." I am wondering if God wanted Jesus to be tempted by Satan as a means of showing Satan and the demons, ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

We see in Acts 11:24-26 (NRSVCE): "For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and ...
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easy yoke and heavy cross

I am having difficulty reconciling a tension that I see in the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28--30 Jesus tells us 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I ...
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What did Evangelist Luke mean by 'many' in his introductory statement? [migrated]

We see the introductory paragraph of the Gospel according to Luke, as follows: Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, Luke 1 ...
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Do the Edomites, Moabites and Ammonites exist today?

I'm not sure if this is the right site for this type of question but I'm asking this because the Bible makes frequent references to these nations in prophecies, some of which pertain to the future, ...
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What is the basis for the Apostles devoting themselves to prayer for nine days in Acts 1:14?

We know that in Acts the Apostles prayed in the upper room consecutively until the Holy Spirit descended on them. Oftentimes I heard that this was calculated to be for nine days. How did people reach ...
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Does the “fullness of time” in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. (Galatians 4:4) When God finally sent angel Gabriel, the encounter begins with an unusual greeting ...
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Does the Bible forbid space exploration?

I am very keen in space exploration, and have an ambition to be a pioneer in that field. However, I was thrown off-guard by this verse that I found, which appears to be forbidding space travel. ...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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How did Arius interpret Colossians 2:9?

Colossians 2:9 HCSB For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, NASB: For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, How did Arius interpret Colossians ...
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Nehemiah 9:2 were there foreigners in Israel at that time?

Nehemiah 9:2 NIV reads: “Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners.” Were there other people in Israel that didn’t have Israel descent at the time? And did they build ...
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Were all Nephilim evil?

The Bible speaks of the Nephilim as the offspring of the “sons of God and daughters of men” in books such as: Genesis, Enoch, and a couple others. It does explain that they bred from evil beings, but ...
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Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

Is there a problem with the punctuation, as we see that Jesus did not go to paradise that day? Could Jesus' words be punctuated as: I tell you the truth this day - with me thou shalt be in ...
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

Unitarians use John 17:3 to affirm their faith that the Father alone is the only true God. They would say that this is the strongest evidence that there is only one person who is true God. Thus, the ...
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How do YECs interpret waters above the expanse in Genesis 1?

According to Protestant Young Earth Creationists what are the waters above the expanse in Genesis 1? Day four says the expanse contains the stars sun and moon so I do not think it can be the ...
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How come Good and Evil fruit brought from same tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden?

GOD's words will never change from the beginning of creation and forever. If we read in Mathew chapter 7 words 17-18 it says: 17) Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a ...
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Can you find scholarly support that Behemoth is an example of humble submission?

In the Book of Job, chapter 40 describes Behemoth, a large land animal that may be mythical, a hippo, an herbivourous dinosaur, or an as yet uncreated beast that God has in the works for the future. I ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In a recent question about the names of God, two answers from different people wrote that the letters of the Tetragrammaton by themselves give the meaning of: The Hebrew letters mean “Behold the ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain 1 Peter 3:18-20?

1 Peter 3:18-20: Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, 19 in ...
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Proverb 30 v:32 [closed]

I have a problem accepting and interpreting the following verse in christianity and it says: if you have played the fool and have planned evil put your hand over your mouth and it continues saying , ...
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El Elohe Isra’el - What does it mean?

So when Jacob names the site of his altar, he declares “El Elohe Isra’el”. I understand the most common translation of this phrase is said to be something along the lines of “God is the God of Israel”....
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What was the intended meaning of the quotation marks around “sinners” in the old NIV?

Take for example Matthew 9:10-13: While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they ...
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Where did the darkness come from? [closed]

In the beginning God said "let there be light" and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light form the darkness. Where did the darkness come from? I do not have ...
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Do any church fathers interpret Luke 18:17 as teaching the necessity of infant baptism?

Luke 18:15-17 (DRB) And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to ...
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According to Calvinists, how do Job's works correspond to his salvation?

Job 31:1–4 (DRB) I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.1 2 For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high? 3 ...
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Are there any Eastern-Orthodox theologians who question the historicity of, for example, Moses and Joshua?

Some of the early church fathers seem to condone allegorical interpretations of certain part of scripture (for example Gregory of Nyssa concerning God's killing of the firstborn in Egypt). Are there ...
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Did Prophet Jeremiah's soul pre-exist his conception in human form?

At Jeremiah 1: 4-5 we see the prophet speaking of his call: Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; ...
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How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3?

How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the Vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3? (Vulgata Clementa) qui cum sit splendor glóriæ, et figúra substántiæ ejus, portánsque ómnia verbo ...
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Meaning of Acts 10:34-35 according to Protestantism

Acts 10:34-35 (DRB) And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

Within Protestantism there is no universal definition of theology or how to understand the Bible: Anglicans have one definition, Lutherans another, Calvinists another, (insert name here), etc. So ...
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Did Jesus appear post-resurrection to twelve apostles?

We see at 1 Cor 15:3-5: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that ...
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What is the mainline Protestant understanding of “unceasing prayer”?

The Bible speaks about this concept of unceasing prayer, to give some examples that seem to talk about thus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; ...
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Heart of the earth

On what basis do some assume that the phrase "heart of the earth" is equivalent to a burial tomb? For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three ...
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Keeping the Sabbath and Colossians 2:16

Colossians 2:16-17, 20-21 says, 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of ...
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What is the significance of Mary treasuring and pondering in her heart? [closed]

In "the Christmas parts" in Luke Mary's reaction to many great occurrences is to treasure and ponder them in her heart. Is there specific significance to this phrasing or is it simply to highlight ...
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Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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If Christ has all power to perform miracles, how is that that “he could there do no mighty work” save that He healed a few?

If Christ has all power to act upon all his creations, including the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, I would assume he could never be prohibited from performing miracles for them. Yet in Mark 6:5-...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses say about Matthew 16:28?

If Jesus didn't come until 1914 why didn't those surrounding Jesus not experience death until then? [Mat 16:28 KJV] 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of ...
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How do Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists reconcile Hebrews 8:13?

Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists believe God has two covenants: one with the Christians and one with the Jews but that appears to be going against the grain of what Hebrews 8:13 says. "By ...
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How are the words of Mary in Luke 1:34 incontrovertible proof of her perpetual virginity?

Based on this question it seems that a lot of weight is given to the simple statement by Mary to Gabriel that she is a virgin. Luke 1:34 NIV How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a ...
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Whom does Jesus refer to as 'infants' at Luke 10:21?

At Luke 10:21 we see : At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the ...
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What are the benefits of last rites to a mortally injured person in the Catholic belief?

If a person is a unbeliever and has been injured in a way that there is no hope of survival and has never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, does the Catholic Church believe that last rites performed ...
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Who is the object of the New Covenant and what are it's terms? [closed]

I've asked this question to several people over the years, only professing Christians and particularly those who tout them selves as 'New Testament Christians'. And this is an important question as ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

18"Why do you call Me good?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone." (Mark 10:18 BSB, Luke 18:19 BSB) How can Jesus be God Himself (and part of the Trinity) when he says "no one is good ...