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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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Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?

John 10:22–24 (NIV) says: 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there ...
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What was the general opinion of the Early Church Fathers concerning the giants/nephilims?

What was the general opinion of the Early Church Fathers concerning the giants/nephilims, described in the following verses? Genesis 6:4 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the Bible cannot be understood without aid from God?

I have heard this claim often in discussions and also read it several times on this site: The Bible cannot be properly understood without God's help. Is there a scriptural basis for this claim? ...
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Who does John 6:40 refer to according to Reformed theology? [closed]

For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. —John 6:40 NIV (emphasis mine) Does the bold ...
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Where is the dust of the earth? [closed]

Daniel the prophet wrote: “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2). Where in the ...
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According to Catholicism, will those who are alive on the Day of Judgement die physically?

At 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17 (NRSVCE) we read: For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those ...
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Reformed View of Titus 2:11 and Irresistible Grace

Titus 2:11 says For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men... How does this fit with Irresistible Grace? From my understanding of Irresistible Grace, when God's grace ...
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What does “one another” mean in John 13:35?

In John 13:35 it states: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. which is very commonly put in sing-song format as: They will know we are ...
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Could Jesus have sweated actual blood in the garden of Gethsemane? [closed]

In John 19 verses 33-36, it is written that The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an ...
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How do Calvinists understand “anyone” in 2 Peter 3:9?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance From a ...
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From reformed perspective, what does the oil in the foolish virgin's lamp represent?

This question is related to the question: How do "once saved always saved" advocates explain the parable of the wise virgins? Many of the answers explain that the foolish virgins never had oil, ...
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How did Elijah know he was going to be taken up to heaven?

How did Elijah know that he was about to be taken by God? How did Elisha know this was going to happen? I could not find anything prior to 2 Kings 2:1 when Scripture states that Elijah was going to be ...
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What is meant by “the first will be the last and the last will be the first”? [closed]

What is meant by "the first will be the last and the last will be the first"? In Matthew 19:30 it tells us about the rich young man who asked Jesus on what good things he must do to receive eternal ...
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How would a Calvinist interpret Matthew 13:37-40?

(37) He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. (38) The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, (39) and the ...
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Is the 'Ho' in Hosanna! connected in any way to the 'ho' in Jehovah?

While studying Jesus' name and the prophecies fulfilled or reiterated by Gabriel when he addressed Mary to announce the expectant birth, I was led to praise, and the Bible word, "Hosanna" came to mind....
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How do proponents of the Prosperity Gospel interpret Matthew 19:24?

Matthew 19:24 (New International Version) Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Generally I think ...
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What is the take of Catholic Church on the dream of Pilate's wife?

At Matthew 27: 19 we see the advice given to Pilate by his wife during the trial of Jesus: While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that ...
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Why did Jesus not share the meanings of the parables? MARK 4:34 [duplicate]

In Mark 4:34 it says: "He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when He was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything." (NIV) My question is this: why did Jesus not ...
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What is the Catholic belief concerning Deuteronomy 24:16 [duplicate]

While preparing for a lesson this Sunday I came across Deuteronomy 24:16. (KJV) The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: ...
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What does the Bible teach about “fire” in the phrase “Hell fire”? [closed]

I was studying today Matthew 5:22(KJV). But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca,...
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Sunday or Saturday? [duplicate]

It is believed that believers would gather together on Sunday to break bread and share the Word. As it reads on Acts 20:7, in most of the different types of Bible translations. Yet, if we read a ...
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Did the early church devote themselves to prayer or to “the prayers”, and if the latter, which prayers?

I couldn't decide if this fit better in Hermeneutics or here, but anyways: Acts 2:42 NIV - They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ...
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Anah contradictions in Genesis

First I am going to post these 3 verses from Genesis (King James Bible): Genesis 36:2 : Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the ...
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No one has seen God [duplicate]

How do Trinitarians reconcile John 1:18: No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him with Exodus 24:9-11: Then Moses went up, ...
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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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Why did Nehemiah need to tell us that the Queen was sitting beside the King?

What is the significance of knowing that the queen was sitting next to the king during this conversation in Nehemiah? Was there some historical or cultural significance to the queen being present that ...
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Was the near-stoning of the adulterous woman something to be considered common practice, or was it strictly to trick Jesus?

I have heard the argument that, in the time of Jesus, stoning and other forms of severe punishment according to the law had basically ceased, and therefore was only seen here to try to trick Jesus ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'going for a second mile '?

At Matthew 5:39-41 (NRSVCE) we read: But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your ...
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How would different Protestant denominations reconcile Matthew 5:19 with the notion of being saved by grace?

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be ...
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Was everyone who worked on the tabernacle given the Spirit?

Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of ...
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is Adam no longer the son of God?

Luke 3:38 (KJV) states (emphasis added): which was the son of Enos, which was the son of seth, whcih was the son of Adam, which was the son of God" . The verse uses the past tense. Does that ...
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How do trinitarians interpret John 8:58?

In John 8:58 Yeshua says: Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (KJV) If I'm not misunderstanding, and based on commentaries I've read, trinitarians ...
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Are we blessed when people hurt us? [closed]

Matthew 5:11 says, Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: (Douay-Rheims) From the sound of it, this verse has ...
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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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Did Jesus wear tsitsiyot?

According to the NIV, Mathew 9:20-21: Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only ...
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How does the Reformed tradition understand Philippians 2:6-9 as it regards the Hypostatic Union?

Philippians 2:6-9 (A) Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to but (B) emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the ...
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What's the significance of this image for Jehovah's Witnesses?

I was browsing through the friends of one of my Facebook friends. One of them is, I am guessing, a Jehovah's Witness because some of their posts have Jehovah's Witness-related entries such as photos ...
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What is the best way to distinguish when God (the son) is talking in His human nature or in His divine?

In Mark 13:32, Yeshua says: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. I'm going to use Ellicott's Commentary for ...
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Who first associated the fourth beast of Daniel 7 with the Roman Empire?

Daniel's vision of the four beasts in Daniel 7 has long intrigued commentators. Regarding the vision of the fourth beast, the text reads: 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a ...
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In John 1:45–51, did Jesus prophesy that Nathanael was one of the 144,000 Jews in Revelation 7 and 14?

When Jesus tells Nathanael he will see the heavens opened and angels descending on the Son of man is He referring to simply a declaration of His deity, His baptism and other events where God confirmed ...
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According to Reformed - 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, the words [weak, sick, died] literal or not?

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 (29) For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God's judgment upon yourself. (30) That is why many of ...
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Have any Wesleyan theologians compared Outler's Quadrilateral to PaRDeS?

In 1964, Methodist theologian Albert C. Outler outlined the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in his introduction to John Wesley's anthology of works. This establishes a hermeneutic framework in which truth, ...
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Why were the apostles still going to the temple for prayer and rituals?

In the book of Acts you read how the Apostles attend the temple, offer rituals, prayers etc. So it is clear they are still obeying the Law. How is it that they didn't understand modern day ...
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In what sense they don't have life in them? John 6:53-57

John 6:53-57 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. In what sense people outside of the Catholic ...
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To the Calvinist, does Phillipians 1:29 mean that all the Philippians will go to heaven because all of them have already been elected?

Philippians 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. My understanding : 1. The word "you" is all of the Philippians. ...
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What did the Centurion mean by ' the word '?

In Luke 7: 6-7 (ESV), we read about "the word" in the faith of the Centurion story: "And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, ...
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Mormon view of the wrong action committed by angels according to 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude

I noted from an earlier question that, according to Mormons, the "Sons of God" that married "daughters of men" in Genesis 6 were human males. Based on this I had wanted to ask about three New ...
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What does it mean to hate your life and keep it for eternity? [duplicate]

John 12:25 Anyone who loves their life, will lose it while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. What is Jesus actually saying? Why would I, hating my now life, ...
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What were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6, according to Mormons?

This is similar to this and this other question about the subject, but here I am interested in the LDS church point of view. It's about this passage in Genesis 6:2 (here according to KJV): That ...
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3 Nep 20:24 - Why does Jesus Christ mention Samuel specifically?

In 3 Nephi 20:24 Jesus Christ teaches the inhabitants of America about the covenant that God made with their fathers which will be fulfilled. He teaches that he is the prophet of whom Moses and all ...