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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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How do non-trinitarians reconcile Rev. 22 verses 6 and 16?

Jehovah's Witnesses, as one non-trinitarian example, claim that Revelation 22:13 is a reference to Jehovah God and not Jesus: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and ...
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Is marriage a concession by God, or was it a part of His original plan (before the fall) [closed]

Scripture seems to clearly state that marriage is a concession from God. Yet Genesis seems to indicate that marriage was a part of the original plan (before the fall). The general idea of 1 ...
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Railing accusation(s)? [migrated]

1 Peter 3:9:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 2 Peter 2:11: Whereas angels, ...
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How do non-trinitarians interpret John 14:26?

John 14:26 (NRSV): 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. My impression as I read this ...
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How do non-trinitarians interpret Philippians 2:5-8?

Philippians 2:5-8 (NRSV): 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied ...
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Acts 26:24 What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!” [migrated]

In the following passage: What was Paul's "learning" and how do we know? We can say that he had a "classical education", but that is basically a cheat. There was no single meaning ...
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What is “all creation” in Mark 16:15? [migrated]

I've read this passage: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 What does "all creation" mean? Why not "all humans"?
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Contradiction or translation problem with Moses in Exodus?

Exodus tells of Moses meeting face to face with God. Shortly thereafter there is a warning that nobody can see God's face or they will die. So contradiction, translation problem, or other ...
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How do those who reject the divinity of Jesus understand Hebrews 1:6 (“Let all God’s angels worship him.”)? [duplicate]

My understanding is that God is a jealous God and does not tolerate that anyone else be worshiped (Exodus 20:4-5; Luke 4:8). Yet, Hebrews 1:6 (NIV) says: 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “and great was its fall” at Matt 7: 27? [migrated]

We read at Matt 7 : 26-27 (NRSVCE) : And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, ...
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Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15) translational differences

When reading on Biblical Prophecies, a big one is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims translation says "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy ...
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Does Malachi 4:1 and Jude 7 prove that hell is temporary? [closed]

Does Malachi 4:1 and Jude 7 prove that hell is temporary? I'm studying the bible and I found a few verses that seem to challenge the idea of an eternal hell forever and ever. Even though the bible ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that some sense of Deity exists in humans?

This view is called “Sensus Divinitatis” and is described as the natural capacity for humans to perceive God. I understand from this Wikipedia article on Sensus divinitatis that although the concept ...
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Why the 70-year exile and not more?

Reading Jeremiah, it occurred to me that the Israelite occupation of the land, including the time of the Judges, was around 800 years from the time they crossed the Jordan. God says the period of ...
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Why did Jesus commit Mary into the care of the beloved disciple, not James, who is known as his brother?

According to John's Gospel Jesus on the cross committed his mother to the care of the Beloved Disciple, not to his brother, James. Admittedly James was not there. However, I wonder if this indicates ...
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How do Christians that advocate libertarian free will interpret Romans 9:14-24?

Romans 9:14-24 (ESV): 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the original intent of the term “virgin” in Lk 1:26-27? [duplicate]

We read of the Annunciation at Lk 1:26-27: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house ...
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How do Cessationists explain Spirit-inspired prophecies whose contents were not recorded in the final canon of scripture?

It's my understanding that Cessationists usually adhere to the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 as meaning that prophecy and other spiritual gifts have ceased because "completeness" ...
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Which monk states that the Old Testament is about the Father and the New Testament about the Holy Ghost

Somebody mentioned to me in a conversation that there was a monk in the 13th century who held the belief that the OT is about the Father and the NT is about the Holy Ghost. The death and resurrection ...
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How do Cessationists interpret John 14:8-14, especially verses 11 and 12?

John 14:8-14 (NIV): 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the omission of identity of the young man referred to in Mk 14:51?

In Mark 14:51, we read about a youth who flees, after he sees Jesus being arrested: A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the ...
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How do egalitarians understand male headship?

From Ephesians 5 in a complementarian lens, it is understood to be a reflection of how men and women ought to work together in marriage for God's glory - though I am aware that egalitarians and ...
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What is the biblical basis for interpreting “born again”, “baptized in the Holy Spirit” and “filled with the Holy Spirit” as different experiences?

In the New Testament we find expressions such as being "born again", being "baptized in the Holy Spirit" and being "filled with the Holy Spirit". I can't pinpoint ...
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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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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 Revelation 22:13 knowing he believed it is Jesus?

This is according to the article, Who or What Is “the Alpha and the Omega”? which also says, "This term occurs three times in the Bible. Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6; and here at Revelation 22:...
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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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