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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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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Colossians 1:16 Jesus made things ON the earth

Wondering how the 'on the earth' is to be understood. It seems consistent across English translations. Colossians 1:16 (NIV): For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, ...
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Is there a quote/saying in bible “Do not close the mouth of a bull which threshes the grain”?

I am wondering if there is a quote in Bible saying "Do not mask/close the mouth of a bull which threshes the grain"? Meaning, let the animal have its food while it works . When it comes to human, pay ...
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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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What does in the “Form of God” mean? [migrated]

This attitude be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not regard being equal to God as robbery, but made himself nothing and took the form of a servant, by ...
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Why is Jesus called the “Father of eternity”? [migrated]

Isaiah 9:6 YLT: For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of ...
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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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What does Jesus mean when he commits his spirit into his Father's hands? [migrated]

In Luke 23:46, we read (emphasis mine): And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Having said this, He breathed His last. Luke 23:46 Please ...
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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

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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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer? Jesus asked the question to the chief priests: Mt 21:25 The baptism ...
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If Jesus was resurrected as a man how can Paul say his apostleship was not through a man but it was through Jesus at Galatians 1:1?

Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox Christians agree that Jesus was both God and man as described in the Chalcedon Definition in 451. However at Galatians 1:1 Paul says that the source of his ...
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Did Jesus die for all? Is “for many” the same meaning as “for all “ in Matthew 26:28?

In Matthew 26, Jesus said, Matthew 26:28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And In Isaiah, please take note the word “many” Isaiah ...
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How do reformed theologians reconcile John 15:2 with “once saved always saved"?

Every branch in me (εν έμοι ) that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [the Father, v1] cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2, ASV) Some ...
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Were the Jews right in accusing Jesus of claiming to be God? [duplicate]

I was once asked this question by a Jehovah Witness to prove if the Jews understood that Jesus was claiming to be God. I affirm that they did while the Jehovah Witnesses deny it. Related question ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?

Bible hub has several translations of 1 Corinthians 15:27. NKJV reads For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all ...
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The great Deception

I would like to know what different denominations teach about what the great deception is exactly. One so great that even the very elect, if possible, would be deceived. For there shall arise false ...
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Bible phrase from the Gospel of Matthew

In Matthew 16:28 28 Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here, that shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Was Our Lord Jesus speaking literally ...
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How can it be said that Paul taught a pre-tribulational rapture of the Church given 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?

2 Thess 2:1-3: Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a ...
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A confusion about the fullfilment of the law

Jesus said in Mat 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth ...
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Why does the KJV say “people perish” in Pr. 29:18?

Can anyone tell me why the KJV translates the Hebrew words yipara am as “people perish” in Pr. 29:18? (The Hebrew word am means people and yipara means unrestrained.) Other translations render yipara ...
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What did God mean when He said to Moses, “I have made thee a god to Pharaoh”?

Perhaps I'm not seeing the meaning behind the translation, but while reading the KJV Exodus, I'm confused by chapter 7 verse 1, which reads: "And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a ...
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In what manner does the Father draw men to Jesus Christ? John 6:44

This question is for Evangelicals who do not hold a Calvinist view Jesus Christ states that the Father alone draws men to Himself. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” ...
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How do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51 in light of the doctrine of 'irresistible grace?'

In light of the doctrine of irresistable grace, how do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51? Acts 7:51 (DRB) You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your ...
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What is the “Jews' language” spoken of in Nehemiah 13:24?

“And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people.” (Nehemiah 13:24, KJV 1900) What is this Jews' ...
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Understanding of “clean” and “unclean” animals before dietary laws

In Genesis 7:2 we read Of every clean beast thou shall take... Up until this point God never revealed the basis for His distinction between clean and unclean animals. Does it mean the ...
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Repetition of “and he begat sons and daughters:”

While reading Genesis 5, we can read the development of human race from Adam to Noah, bridging the gap between the two. During that passage, there's an expression mentioned often (...) and he ...
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Different genealogy in Matthew and Luke

In the Matthew and Luke we can read the genealogy of Jesus. While in Matthew 1 it dates back to Abraham, in Luke 3 it goes back to Adam. What's the significance of this difference?
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Why do we celebrate Easter only 2 days after Good Friday?

I have always wondered why we celebrate Easter only two 24 hour periods since Good Friday. Throughout Scripture we see the Apostles and Paul talking about Jesus's Resurrection was three days after his ...

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