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Exegesis is the interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance. Most exegesis questions should be asked at the Biblical Hermeneutics site; exegesis questions on this site need to specify a perspective and explain why an answer from that perspective is needed.

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What do non-Calvinists believe about Proverbs 21:1

Proverbs 21:1 says The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. This seems to imply that kings (and perhaps everyone else too) don't have ...
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According to the Catholicism, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35?

According to the Catholic Church, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, ...
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Why is 1 Corinthians 15:28 disregarded by trinitarians?

International Standard Version: But when everything has been put under him, then the Son himself will also become subject to the one who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. The ...
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How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 24:36?

Matthew 24:36 (NIV) 36“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. If the Father and the Son are expressions of the same God, how come ...
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Why did god give words for things in genesis? [migrated]

In Genesis 1:10, 1:5, and 1:8, why did God give words for things if he knew humans would have languages that would have their own words for the day, night, sky, seas, and earth?
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How Did Ussher Determine That the World Began on “Sunday Evening, October 23, 4004 B.C.”?

One of the more famous estimates of the age of the earth was given by James Ussher in 1656, who, based on a literal biblical interpretation, concluded that the world began on Sunday evening, October ...
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How do Christians tell whether they lack or have the “power” promised in Acts 1:8?

Acts 1:7-8 (NIV): 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you ...
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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

In the Catholic Church there is a certain mystic aspect regarding to the suffering of Jesus Christ in which often faithful who go trough sufferings, especially for the faith, see their suffering as ...
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How many non-decalogue commandments from the Old Testament are still morally binding for Christians? [duplicate]

Many denominations believe that Christians should obey the ten commandments (also known as the decalogue), which can be found in Exodus 20:1-17. However, there are 613 commandments in the Old ...
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Why aren't the two greatest commandments part of the Decalogue?

In Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) Jesus says: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the reference to Christ at 1 Cor. 10?

We read at 1 Corinthians 10: 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, 9 (NRSVCE): I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief by Seventh-day Adventists that evangelized Gentiles should keep the Sabbath?

Which passages of Scripture are canonically or typically cited by Seventh-day Adventists in defense of the belief that evangelized Gentiles are to keep the Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday) ...
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Genesis 3:22 inconsistent with singularity of god [duplicate]

Genesis 3:22 says: Then the LORD God said, "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret Jesus's statement that “I live because of the Father”?

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:57) This statement by Jesus seems to insinuate that Jesus derives his ...
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Who resurrected Jesus - the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit

In John 2:19-22 Jesus tells the Jews that he will perform a miraculous sign by raising the temple of his body in three days. In John 10:18 Jesus says he has authority to lay down his life and ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Galatians 1:11-12?

The Apostle Paul stated at Galatians 1:11-12 the following: Galatians 1:11-12: For I would have you know, brethern, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither ...
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Does the verse in Song of Solomon 5:16 contain the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad?

I have met Muslims and interacted with them directly and indirectly about their brief that the Islamic prophet Muhammad is mentioned in the Bible. One such claim is centred on the Song of Solomon 5:16....
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Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses cite William Barclay as to the identity of the speaker in Revelation22:13 knowing he believed it is Jesus?

This is according to the following link, https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/alpha-omega/ which also says, "This term occurs three times in the Bible. -Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:...
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How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18?

How do Reformed Protestants interpret Matthew 18:18? Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. - Matthew 18:...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25? [closed]

When reading about Samaria's condition, I have came across the following: 2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for ...
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Which of these interpretations of Malachi 3:1 can be eliminated? [closed]

The authorised KJV translates Malachi 3:1 as follows: "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, ...
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Who is the speaker and who is “him” in Daniel 11:1 according to the Seventh-day Adventist?

Daniel 11:1 New American Standard Bible In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. In my own interpretation, the speaker is Jesus and the "him&...
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According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are the two messengers at Malachi 3:1?

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who are these two messengers in Malachi 3:1? Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will ...
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Don't the questions of Hebrews 1:5 and 1:13 demand an answer of 'None'? So how can Jehovah's Witnesses say that Jesus is the archangel Michael?

There's a suggested duplicate to this question but that question deals with how the Jehovah's Witnesses explain the begotten divinity of Jesus while still maintaining that He is unequal to God. This ...
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How do Baptists interpret Revelation 20 and 21?

I understand that Revelation is one of the more challenging books to ask about, but what I hope to find out is what Baptists believe chapters 21 and 22 foretell for the future. Chapter 20:1-3 and ...
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Cleansing of unclean meat to clean meat interpretation of Acts 10:17-18 and 22-23 in relation to Isaiah 66:17

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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Being 'known by Jesus' in Matthew 7:22

In Matthew 7:21-22 Jesus says for Him to know me I must do His will. There are plenty of scriptures that talk about God seeing us and knowing us, why then does Jesus say I didn't know you? Is it ...
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Looking for references from the early Church Fathers on Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [Galatians 3:13, KJV] ...As it relates to a Luther(esque) ...
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In what sense do faith and hope remain?

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul discusses various different spiritual gift, explaining that most of them will be redundant in the New Creation, and therefore "fade away". He concludes his ...
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How do Lutherans or Reformed Christians interpret Acts 8:16?

A little context, Acts 8 tells us about Philip baptizing the people of Samaria, however people that have not received the Holy Spirit, even after baptism, until Peter and John lay their hands on them ...
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How do Christains argue that “messianic psalms” are messianic and refer to Jesus Christ?

I've heard Christians assert that you can prove that Jesus Christ is the Messiah from the book of psalms. There doesn't seem to be any watertight argument for the existence of messianic psalms other ...
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In what sense are angels elect?

In 1 Timothy 5:21 we read: I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 1 Timothy 5:...
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Why did Jesus order the unclean spirits in the Multitude at the Seaside (Mark 3.7-12) to not make him known? [duplicate]

The passage I am referring to is Mark 3.11-12: 11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” 12 But he sternly ordered them not to make ...
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Almond branch or watcher?

What does Jeremiah 1:11 mean with regards to almond branch? The Lord’s response about watching is not clear with regards to almond trees. 11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "...
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Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be retranslated?

Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be more aptly translated to read: 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of ...
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In Hebrew 5:9, what changed about the Son's perfection?

In the book of Hebrews, we read: 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was ...
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Is there a consensus among early Christians on Romans 9?

How did the early church interpret St. Paul in Romans 9? Is there a consensus in early Christianity regarding the relation between predestination and free will?
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According to Catholicism which parts of the Bible actually happened historically?

One of the things that have tested my faith is the question: Did the bible really happen? Was there really a "garden of Eden"? Was there a universal flood" And perhaps more importantly, how important ...
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What is the significance of the 5 “faithful sayings” of Paul?

Throughout the epistles written by Paul to Timothy and Titus, he mentions 5 different "sayings" which he describes as "faithful" or "true". These 5 sayings are in: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 1 Timothy 3:1 1 ...
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Does Ecclesiastes give an example of a time to tear and a time to mend?

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 lists fourteen pairs of opposites, inluding "a time to tear and a time to mend". I have found one or more examples of most of the pairs elsewhere in the book, but can't find any ...
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What is the Amillennial view of the ‘Times of the Gentiles’?

Exactly when are the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ according to the Amillennial prophetic viewpoint? “There will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the ...
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Job 39:30 AND Matthew 24:28 [closed]

Job 39:30 AND Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. This is scripture regarding Christ's return. My difficulty is in understanding why this ...
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What is the meaning of “Behold the Son” in John 6:40? [closed]

John 6:40 reads; (NASB): For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. St. John ...
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Why did John the Baptist say he wasn't a prophet? [closed]

According to John 1:21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Why did he said he wasn't a prophet?
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What is the Baptist response to 1 Corinthians 7:14 if the children are believers but the parents are not?

Taking these two assumptions about Baptist theology: that young children must either believe in the Gospel and are saved, or not believe in the Gospel and are not saved, without there being any 3rd ...
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Is it possible to avoid hell by self mutilation? [closed]

Is it possible to avoid hell by self mutilation? Jesus repeatedly, clearly and unambiguously directs us towards self mutilation to avoid hell, Jesus does not qualify these words as a parable. if we ...
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How do Calvinists understand the argument that only the Ephesian church were elect in the context of Ephesians?

I was talking to an individual and he told me that the Calvinist premise that we were elect before the creation of the world is false because the verse in Ephesians 1 is taken out of context. He said ...
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Who is Sheshbazzar? Is he the same person as Zerubabbel?

The Bible says: KJV Ezra 1:8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. But in the following ...
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Why do the Evangelists Matthew, Mark and John not give narrative account of the Ascension?

Luke is the only Evangelist who gives a narrative account of the Ascension of Christ at 24:50-53 (NRSVCE) "' Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. ...
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According to evangelicals, who are the Great Multitude at Rev 7:9, who come out of the great tribulation (on earth) where they are given life?

Revelation 7:4-8 describes the 144,000. Then another group is mentioned that is the subject for this question. According to evangelicals, who are the Great Multitude at Re 7:9, Rev 7:9 ...

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