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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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Washing yourself and fasting

Jesus says in Matthew 6: 17 to anoint your head (some versions groom yourself) and wash yourself. But later in Matthew 23:26 he says clean first the inside of the cup and the outside shall be clean as ...
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What does Paul intend to say in 1 Corinthians 5:5?

To be more clear, how can the person be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ by delivering such person (sexual immoral) to Satan for the destruction of the flesh? 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NKJV) 5&...
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Do any church fathers interpret Luke 18:17 as teaching the necessity of infant baptism?

Luke 18:15-17 (DRB) And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to ...
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According to Calvinists, how do Job's works correspond to his salvation?

Job 31:1–4 (DRB) I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.1 2 For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high? 3 ...
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How is 1 Corinthians 9:27 reconciled with the teaching that losing salvation is impossible?

This question is aimed at those Christians who believe that someone saved can't become "unsaved" later. At least in 1 Corinthians 9:27 apostle Paul says he is not sure whether he will be saved or not ...
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Strong's Concordance - same numbers and meanings in both Greek and Hebrew? [closed]

Can anyone help me with a futile search that I have been trying online? I am interested to find if there are any "same number" and "same meaning" correspondences between the Hebrew and Greek in Strong'...
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Are there any Eastern-Orthodox theologians who question the historicity of, for example, Moses and Joshua?

Some of the early church fathers seem to condone allegorical interpretations of certain part of scripture (for example Gregory of Nyssa concerning God's killing of the firstborn in Egypt). Are there ...
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What does it meant that Jesus “breathed on them”?

I always tried to visualize the moment when, after Resurrection, Jesus gave Holy Spirit to Apostles: So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And ...
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Did Prophet Jeremiah's soul pre-exist his conception in human form?

At Jeremiah 1: 4-5 we see the prophet speaking of his call: Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; ...
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How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3?

How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the Vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3? (Vulgata Clementa) qui cum sit splendor glóriæ, et figúra substántiæ ejus, portánsque ómnia verbo ...
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What is the full meaning of Mathew 24:36-51 from a view of Methodists or Baptist

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Romans 14:5?

Romans 14:5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. What is the Catholic interpretation ...
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How do Evangelicals explain when Paul writes “I, not the Lord”?

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV): Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband In verse 12 Paul writes: But to the rest I, not the ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

Within Protestantism there is no universal definition of theology or how to understand the Bible: Anglicans have one definition, Lutherans another, Calvinists another, (insert name here), etc. So ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

The Jehovah's witness' version of the bible the NWT translates these verses as: 58 Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” 59 So they picked ...
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Did Jesus appear post-resurrection to twelve apostles?

We see at 1 Cor 15:3-5: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that ...
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Isaiah 66:17 Meaning [closed]

Has this judgement come to pass already or is it future? Does God's judgement of violating dietary laws mean that they are still in effect on believers? How should a Christian applicably see this ...
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In Protestant faith is one's old self dying on the cross with Jesus symbolic, or the actual assumption of a new Eternal life?

Many years ago I accepted Jesus as my savior in a small Baptist church. Up until that time I had never felt any guilt over sinning. Since that day though I have a guilt feeling every time. Years ago ...
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What was Paul's “revelation” (mentioned in Galatians 2:2)?

Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I ...
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Dialog between Jesus and Peter in John 21: what's going on?

In John 21: 15-17 there's a post-Resurrection dialog between Peter and Jesus. Here's the KJV translation of this dialog. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, ...
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Why did the people believe that no one would know where the Christ came from?

In John 7:25-27, Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people. They seem pretty impressed with Him and begin to wonder if He could be the Messiah. However, one of their objections is that they know where ...
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Why does God tell Abram to bring THESE animals? [migrated]

In Genesis 15:7-10, God gives instructions to Abram: He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, ...
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According to Catholics, what is the law placed within the Israelite in the New Covenant?

In Jer. 31:31-34, it is written, 31 “Behold, the days are coming,” said Yahveh, “that I shall cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I cut ...
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Who is the object of the New Covenant and what are it's terms? [closed]

I've asked this question to several people over the years, only professing Christians and particularly those who tout them selves as 'New Testament Christians'. And this is an important question as ...
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What is the mainline Protestant understanding of “unceasing prayer”?

The Bible speaks about this concept of unceasing prayer, to give some examples that seem to talk about thus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; ...
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”?

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ... and you and your family will be saved.(Acts 16:31) What is an overview of the major interpretations of this verse. I ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity by any denomination?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is there any group of Christians that understands this as a theophany of the Trinity? Genesis 18:1-2 NASB 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of ...
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Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?

When questioned about divorce, Jesus refers to the Mosaic law and explains why God allowed divorce certificates in the first place. Mark 10:2-9 ESV And Pharisees came up and in order to test him ...
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According to SDA can all pastors forgive sin, or just the original twelve apostles?

I have a question relating to Matthew 18:18. I want to specifically ask the Seventh-day Adventist church about this. It says: "I can assure you that when you speak judgment here on earth, it will ...
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How can women be forbidden to speak and yet prophesy and speak in tongues?

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul give forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14 NIV 34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in ...
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What do the verses in Luke 5:20-25 teach us?

They have always puzzled me and I fail to understand what is what. Luke 5:20-23 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the ...
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According to trinitarians, especially Protestants, who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse: Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning,     &...
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Heart of the earth

On what basis do some assume that the phrase "heart of the earth" is equivalent to a burial tomb? For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

At the time of Noah, God said: Genesis 6:3 NIV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Now, ...
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What is the “Holy place” Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:15?

In Matthew Chapter 24 Jesus warned of the end time scenario, and said that when we saw the Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place, that was when things were really going to get bad: ...
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If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures? [closed]

In light of James 1:13, I would like to know the meaning of the remaining scriptures quoted below. James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted ...
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Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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What is the significance of Mary treasuring and pondering in her heart? [closed]

In "the Christmas parts" in Luke Mary's reaction to many great occurrences is to treasure and ponder them in her heart. Is there specific significance to this phrasing or is it simply to highlight ...
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If Christ has all power to perform miracles, how is that that “he could there do no mighty work” save that He healed a few?

If Christ has all power to act upon all his creations, including the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, I would assume he could never be prohibited from performing miracles for them. Yet in Mark 6:5-...
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Keeping the Sabbath and Colossians 2:16

Colossians 2:16-17, 20-21 says, 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of ...
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Where do Saints go after we return with Jesus (Pentecostal perspective)

I was wondering where the glorified Saints go to live after we return with Jesus as described in Revelation 19:11–16: And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was ...
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Does Jesus’ purification after death apply to all or just to him?

In the 20th chapter of John verse 17 Jesus forbad Mary Magdalene touching him, stating that he had not yet ascended to the Father: John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses say about Matthew 16:28?

If Jesus didn't come until 1914 why didn't those surrounding Jesus not experience death until then? [Mat 16:28 KJV] 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, “My Lord and my God”?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” ...
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How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What does the Bible really teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41–42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

In Exodus 1:15–16, the king of Egypt orders the Hebrew midwives to kill the sons born to Hebrew women. However, they do not obey: But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt ...
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According to Seventh Day Advent theology when does the 2300 evenings and mornings in Daniel 8:13-14 begin?

Daniel 8:13-14 NIV 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the ...
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What is an overview of Protestant explanations of the difference between dead faith and perfect faith in James 2?

In James 2:17-22 (KJV) it reads: 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, ...
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How do Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists reconcile Hebrews 8:13?

Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists believe God has two covenants: one with the Christians and one with the Jews but that appears to be going against the grain of what Hebrews 8:13 says. "By ...