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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 supporters of the rapture interpret Matthew 24:40-41 in light of Matthew 13:40-43?

Some say that Matt 24:40-41 is referring to a Rapture with the righteous Church removed first. But Jesus said very plainly that in the end time after the tribulations the angels will come and gather ...
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Question about translation of a phrase in 2 Thessalonions 2:7 [migrated]

Why are the words "ginomai" and "mesos" consistently translated "taken" and "way" in most translations? Is that rendering what they would consider consistent ...
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In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would they have understood what He was saying?

In Matt 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would the apostles have understood what He was saying? He spoke these words before He was crucified, so the mention ...
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What are David's "unicorns" that he mentions in the Psalms?

In the Psalms David mentions "unicorns". What exactly was unicorns to David's mind?
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According to the Bible, which of Jesus' Apostles were baptised in water?

John the Baptist said to those who came to him to be baptised that he baptised with water for repentance: “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I. . . . He will baptise you with the Holy ...
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Tobit - Circumstances of Sarah's affliction with Asmodeus

In the Book of Tobit, Sarah is placed in an rural setting in Ecbatana, pleading to the Lord for death after her numerous suitors have been smitten down by a demon called Asmodeus. Her predicament ...
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Are there alternative interpretations of Romans 1:18-25 within Christianity that challenge the idea that atheists inherently know that God exists?

I've encountered discussions, such as the one linked here, where certain Christians assert that atheists inherently acknowledge God's existence, often relying on certain interpretations of Romans 1:18-...
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Does Isaiah 66:17 ban the eating of pork and mice? [duplicate]

As Isaiah 66:15-24 contains a prophecy for the end times does Isaiah 66:17 (ESV): “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and ...
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If God is omniscient why did he need to come down to earth to see for himself? [closed]

Genesis 18:21 (KJV) states: I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. If God is all knowing, why did ...
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Orthodoxy & Kenosis in Philippians 2:6-11

What is the Orthodox exegesis of Philippians 2:6-11, in particular, the phrase "He emptied Himself?"
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How do advocates of transubstantiation understand 1 Corinthians 10:16?

In 1 Corinthians 10:16, the Apostle Paul says that: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the ...
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Luke 17. Do these two verses speak contrary to a pre-trib rapture?

Luke 17:32, 33 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Do these two verses contradict with the idea of ...
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Are there relatively recently published books with testimonies illustrating how the Father and the Son reveal themselves, according to John 14:21-23?

John 14:21-23 KJV 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ...
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How can the theory of Evolution be reconciled with passages in the New Testament that seem to refer to Adam and Eve as historical figures?

1 Timothy 2:11-14 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that God exists outside of time?

It is common to hear phrases such as "God exists outside of time" used to explain away anachronism or avoid addressing it altogether--for example, the idea that God has in the past ...
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God does not change, but has He changed?

Is there any verse of Scripture anywhere that says that God has not changed? Malachi 3:6 says "For I am the LORD, I change not". This is present tense, and also there are verses which denote ...
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What is the special significance of the term ' signs' in relation to the miracles of Jesus?

We read in Jn 6:26: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. ...
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How can Jesus bear our sin if he was righteous Ezekiel 18:19-20

Ezekiel 18:19-20 NKJV : 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he ...
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If these passages from 1 Corinthians don't teach the eternal submission of Jesus to the Father, then how should I understand them?

I have done an extensive amount of research and study on texts such as 1 Corinthians 15:28 and 1 Corinthians 11:3, which seem to communicate a submission of the son to the Father after His incarnation....
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What are some common trinitarian interpretations of Isaiah 7:14-16

I was doing my morning prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and this passage appeared: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call ...
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What are the limits of the Deposit of Faith?

The Deposit of Faith is limited to the words and actions of Jesus' historical life--is that correct? Only those things that He taught to his disciples and commanded them to pass on to others can be ...
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How do Exodus 31:17 and Isaiah 40:28 not contradict? [Please read description] [closed]

**Exodus 31:17 ESV: It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Isaiah 40:28 ESV: ...
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Did Paul give authority over fathers to decide on their marriage?

1 Corinthians 7:36-38 says: But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let ...
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Do Catholics have a religious duty to report possible cases of heresy committed by a priest to their local bishop?

I am a life-long Catholic. At almost all of the Catholic Churches I have attended over the years, the priests there have given sermons based on various Biblical passages/parables which have always ...
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According to the Bible, is envy a blameworthy emotion?

Note that I'm not asking whether envy is bad. It's common sense that envy is bad and that it's also bad to make others feel envy. What I'm asking is whether experiencing envy is blameworthy. That Envy ...
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Does the Book of Revelation indicate whether human souls will be fighting during Armageddon?

I am a Catholic and I would like to know if the Book of Revelation in the Catholic Bible (or in other Christian Bibles) has anything to say about whether human souls will be fighting during Armageddon....
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Which "Hell" is Being Alluded to in Matt. 16:18?

In Matt: 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Douay-Rheims) The underlying Greek uses the ...
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Does Jn 3:8 have a larger interpretation with reference to Gifts of Holy Spirit?

In Jn 3:8, we see Jesus equating those born of the Holy Spirit to the wind which blows where it likes. No one knows where the wind comes from and where it goes to. Jesus was referring to the place of ...
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What does it mean for God to appear physically (theophanies) if he's already omnipresent?

In the Old Testament, God reveals himself numerous times to the prophets in physical forms (Genesis 18:1-2, Exodus 24:9, Numbers 12:8, Isaiah 6:1). But according to scripture, God is omnipresent, ...
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Doesn't the Trinitarian reading of Genesis 1:26 violate hermeneutical principles? [closed]

Why do Trinitarians rarely mention the hermeneutical principles which have led them to this belief? What are the hermeneutical principles that support the Trinitarian view? For example Genesis 1:26 &...
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Should Christians call to God asking him to receive their spirit when dying?

Is Jesus last exclamation on the cross: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit” a prototype for Christians to copy, or paraphrase, when they face imminent death? What is a Protestant answer on ...
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Did any of the Early Church Fathers believe that Revelation 12:1-5 is about the Virgin Mary?

The doctrine of the queenship of Mary, is the belief that once Mary had passed away and ascended to heaven, that she was crowned as the queen of heaven and given a special and exalted role as the ...
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Age of Isaac When Abraham Offered Him as a Sacrifice?

I would like to know, if possible, at least the approximate age of Isaac when Abraham offered him as a sacrifice to God. Based on Abraham's advanced age, it would seem that Isaac did not resist in ...
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Does any Christian denomination teach Genesis 3 as a description of human evolution from animals?

One could teach Genesis 3 as a description of human evolution from animals along the following lines: Adam and Eve eating the fruit in Genesis 3:7 makes their eyes open and lets them know good and ...
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How can Romans 13 be reconciled with authorities who could act unjustly?

In Romans 13:3, the scriptures state that the authorities hold no terror for those who do right. Considering all the martyrs who have been persecuted for doing right, then how can this scripture be ...
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How can God (Jesus) have a secret identity? (Protestant view, including Messianic Jewish, if possible)

I love this passage, but especially the part that I have emphasized: The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called ...
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Which Bible translations did Aquinas use when writing his commentaries and citing them in his theological works?

We know that early in his career (as baccalaureus biblicus, before he wrote his Summa) Aquinas lectured on the Bible and wrote his own commentaries in addition to using the Catena aurea as well as ...
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What Did the "Geneva Reformers" Have Against Exodus 2:22?

I have been reading The Catholic Controversy by St. Francis de Sales (pdf here). On page 109 one finds: In Exodus, at Geneva and elsewhere among these reformers, they have cut out the twenty-second ...
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How Many Disciples in Luke 10---70 or 72?

In Luke 10:1 (NAB), we have: After this the Lord appointed seventy[-two]* others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. The gloss therein, indicated by the ...
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On a Conjecture: "The God of X will be the Son of X"

In an answer given here: On Inferring That the Redeemer Will Spring from the Race of Shem, Paul Chernoch makes the very interesting observation: Going through the ESV, I checked every verse with the ...
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On Inferring That the Redeemer Will Spring from the Race of Shem

We read in the book Complete Bible History: From the Creation of the World Down to the Death of the Apostles, page 16: When Noe awoke, and heard what had taken place, he cursed Ham in the person of ...
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Why Doesn't Everyone Who Dies Physically Go to Hell?

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:5: "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." If ...
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On Bible Verses Defined by the Catholic Church

The following link seems to provide some good insight into Bible verses whose meanings have been definitively declared by the Catholic Church. https://www.catholicfidelity.com/apologetics-topics/bible/...
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Was the Garden of Eden created on the third or sixth day of Creation?

I am having serious problems interpreting this passage from Genesis involving the Garden of Eden. According to Genesis 2:8-17, where the creation of the Garden is described, it seems to say that the ...
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Did Satan physically and literally fall from Heaven or Sky?

According to Dante, in his Divine Comedy (Inferno), the fall of Satan caused a geological upheaval. The Devil fell on his head in the Southern Hemisphere, causing the lands to the south to rise to the ...
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Latter-day Saint understanding of James 1:13-15, God's omnibenevolence and God's free will?

In my previous question How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?, I presented the following ...
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Rev 3:14. Jesus seems to be claiming to be a creature?

I am reading Rev 3:14 in the Byzantine text, Alexandrian text, and Vulgate. All three seem to be in agreement showing Jesus claiming to be something roughly equating to "the beginning of the ...
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Does the Bible refer to Christian gentiles or the Church as "New Israelites", "New Israel" or "Spiritual Israel"?

Introduction: Merriam-Webster defines New Israel as “the Christian fellowship of believers: the Christian Church.” The relationship of Israel and the Church has been debated for centuries and various ...
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There are at-least 4 Gospel Books; did anyone ever think they were describing More than One Jesus? [closed]

(I confess; That was my whole question, but StackExchange won't let me post this until I 'meet their quality standards' by writing something about 'my problem' in this body-text.')
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What is the meaning of "groundlessly break faith"

In today's daily readings, Psalms 25:3 states "Calling to you, none shall ever be put to shame, but shame is theirs who groundlessly break faith." What does it mean to "break faith"...
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