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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 does Martin Luther conduct an exegesis, or if he fails to, uses Nehemiah?

Wotcher! Luther is perhaps the most prolific German thinker. Kant, Hegel, Marx… their corpus pales in the face of Luther. Also, unlike Luther, they weren't concerned with the canon-texts of Western ...
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How do we reconcile God giving His glory to no other (Isa 42:8) with Jesus giving His/the Father's glory to believers (John 17:22)?

For reference, here are the verses in question: Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. John 17:22 The glory that you have given me I ...
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What is the biblical concept/idea/meaning of Gods omniscience?

I have rewritten my question a few times because I had difficulties dealing with the definition of omniscience. Originally I wanted to know the difference between the concept of omniscience from a ...
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How do Dispensationalists tell which passages are for Jews and which are for Gentiles?

As I understand it, a key part of dispensationalist theology is a separation between Jews (Israel) and the Church as two separate entities with distinct purposes in God's plan. In discussions with ...
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How do Theistic Evolutionists interpret Genesis 2:7 in light of Ezekiel 37:1-14?

Genesis 2:7 NKJV 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Ezekiel 37:1-14 NKJV 37 The hand of the ...
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Isaiah claims he saw the Lord Jesus Christ sitting on a throne at Isaiah 6:1-5. What is the response from the Jehovah's Witnesses? [duplicate]

In the year of King Uzzah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted with the train of His robe filling the temple. Vs2, Seraphim stood above Him and at vs3 one called out to ...
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Do all instances of the phrase “call on the name” prove that Jesus is God?

Claim: The phrase “call on/upon the name” seems to be a pointer to the true God, and if that phrase bears such significance throughout all of the Bible, then Jesus has to be God. From searching "...
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Psalm 88: does it apply to the New Testament's Christian God? [closed]

I was reading Psalm 88: 1 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Christians having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God?

Previous questions have already explored various facets of the notion of having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God, such as: What do Christians mean by a "personal relationship&...
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For what purpose is it said that the soul is immortal if only God is immortal?

The text of the Orthodox Divine Service speaks of salvation from the destruction of the human race and nowhere speaks of the immortality of the soul.
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Is 2 Peter 3:16 a blanket endorsement of Paul, a partial endorsement, or a veiled warning?

Within the context of 14-18 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as ...
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How do Christians who reject Young Earth Creationism respond to the "God is not a liar" argument?

Young Earth Creationists often argue that denying a young age for the Earth amounts to adopting the naturalist/materialist perspective prevalent in secular science. They suggest that this denial ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Matt 22:39 with Luke 14:26?

In Luke 14:26 (Douay-Rheims) we read: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my ...
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Is the Law of 1st Mention in hermenuetics based on where it is first mentioned in the Bible or chronologically?

For example: John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word (Logos)..." Even though this is the 4th gospel (Matt, Mark, Luke, John), it identifies the Logos as existing before the creation ...
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What does "throughout your generations" mean with respect to Mosaic Law? [closed]

What is the phrase “throughout your generations” referring to the Mosaic Law? For example, And God saith unto Abraham, `And thou dost keep My covenant, thou and thy seed after thee, to their ...
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Does Young Earth Creationism presuppose Biblical inerrancy?

Suppose X is a neutral, honest, open-minded truth seeker, and let's say Y is an apologist for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). If Y intends to persuade X of the truth of YEC, must Y first establish the ...
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How do Biblical inerrantists explain disagreements about the interpretation of the Bible?

If God can preserve an inerrant Bible despite the fallibility of the humans who transmitted it, shouldn't He also be able to ensure an inerrant interpretation of that Bible despite human fallibility? ...
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How do believers in contemporary miracles from God interpret passages indicating that (all) miracles during the end times are attributed to Satan?

Passage (KJV) Content Matthew 7:21-23 21 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 heaven. 22 Many will ...
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During the reformation what was the common view on how the Law ‘increased sin‘ rather than reducing it?

How is was this verse understood by the early reformers, such as Luther or Calvin? Romans 5:20-21 NIV The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.
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What factors, according to Young-Earth Creationists, might inhibit the Holy Spirit from guiding a Christian to a literal interpretation of Genesis?

This question lies at the intersection of spirituality and exegesis. If we assume that the Holy Spirit guides Christians in understanding scripture and that Young-Earth Creationism is true, what ...
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Why did John describe the resurrection differently than the synoptics?

Below are the passages describing Resurrection Sunday from each of the Gospels. Matthew 28:1-9: "Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other ...
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What explanations do Christian theodicies offer regarding God's commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites, including their children?

Deuteronomy 20:10-18 ESV 10 “When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. 11 And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are ...
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According to Christians not affiliated with the LDS Church, is the LDS doctrine of salvation inconsistent with the Bible?

The following is an excerpt from pages 471 and 472 of Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie:   1. Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, ...
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The status of Mosaic Law during Jesus' lifetime

How can the following verses be reconciled? Matthew 5:18-20: “Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, ...
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How is 2 Maccab 12:42-44 interpreted by denominations not accepting the existence of purgatory?

We read in 2 Maccab 12:42-44: Then, Judas, that great man, urged the people to keep away from sin, because they had seen for themselves what had happened to those men who had sinned. He also took up ...
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Is John 5:24 speaking of being born again?

John 5:24 (ESV) Truly truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and he does not come into judgement but has passed from death to life. The verse states ...
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Does Genesis 1:3 describe God creating Jesus Christ? [closed]

Genesis 1:3 is quite mysterious for Trinitarians, Binitarians, and Unitarians alike. I'm trying to understand what the first work of God was, however, I am finding little to no information on the ...
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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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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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