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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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How do Catholics understand Matthew 10:37?

Matthew 10:37 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me Suppose there is someone (Mr.X, ...
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Who first understood the “authorities” in Romans 13 as spiritual, not secular, authorities?

In his forthcoming book, Freedom's Progress, libertarian Gerard Casey describes several different ways of interpreting and applying Romans 13:1–7. One approach in particular I had never encountered ...
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1 Corinthians 11:18, what kind of divisions actually?

1 Corinthians 11:18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. My question is already there by reading ...
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How can 1 Corinthians 15:3 be reconciled with Calvinism and limited atonement?

I have been studying the 5 Points of Calvinism (TULIP) for some time and I can say that I accept 4 out of 5. My biggest problem with Calvinism is the doctrine of Limited Atonement that says Jesus ...
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According to Reformed theology, why does God tell people to repent if they don't have the choice to do so, as in Exodus 10:3?

This question is addressed to those who believe in the doctrine of Total Depravity. In Exodus 10:3 God asks the Pharaoh for how long will he remain proud. Why does God ask such a question if the ...
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Catholic view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Is a word [letter] and [scripture] in 2 Peter 3:16 the same meaning?

2 Peter 3:16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people ...
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How do “once saved, always saved” advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

The Parable Matthew 25:1-13 King James Version (KJV) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five ...
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Ruth 'the wife of Mahlon' or Elimelech? [closed]

Why is Ruth called 'the wife of Mahlon' (Ruth 4:10) whereas in the beginning of the story she is the wife of Elimelech?
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Who learned that Abraham would even sacrifice his son in Genesis 22:11?

Most translations say that "Now I know that you fear God" and I refers to the angel in the previous verse. But Open Theists say that God is learning, that "I" refers to God, but I don't see that in ...
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How do Mormons understand 2 Nephi 5:16 in light of 2 Nephi 5:15?

In Book of Mormon, the text in 2 Nephi 5:15 says (emphasis mine): 15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and ...
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Why was Jesus amazed by the Syrophoenician women's faith?

“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the ...
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Why did Theodore of Mopsuestia interpret John 20:28 as an exclamation?

John 20:28 says (KJV)... And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Greek... ἀπεκρίθη Θωμᾶς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ὁ κύριός μου καὶ ὁ θεός μου. According to Meyer's NT Commentary... ...
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Does the love of God fulfil the Law, or keep the Law, or both? (Reformed view)

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15, ESV / NASB) There seem to be at least two opposing interpretations of Jesus' above statement, and similar Scripture, namely the following:...
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Why did Magdalena use her hair to dry Jesus' feet?

I don't really understand this part of the story in Luke 7:38. Why would Mary Magdalena use her hair to dry Jesus' feet? I have some clues, but I don't want to guide the replies. I'd like to know ...
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How do Modalist and Oneness Pentecostals interpret Revelation 3:12?

In Revelation, after the resurrection, Yeshua says... "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, ...
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Is Matthew 17:24 a reference to the Fiscus Judaicus?

Matthew 17:24 says: "After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” My ...
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In 1 Corinthians 1, who were Crispus and Gaius?

1 Corinthians 1:14 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
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Israel without spears and the value of a shekel

It is stated in 1 Samuel 13:19-22 that Saul's army didn't have any swords or spears, due to the Philistines "not allowing" Israeli blacksmiths. [19] Now there was no blacksmith to be found ...
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Did Moses leave his wife and kids? If so, why?

Is this passage implying that Moses left his wife and children before he went into the wilderness? If that's true, why did Moses leave his family? Exodus 18:1-7 ESV Jethro, the priest of Midian, ...
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How have Churches interpreted handing people over to Satan?

In Paul's letter to Timothy, Paul mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus were handed over to Satan to 'be taught not to blaspheme'. What is an overview on how churches have interpreted handing people ...
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What does Paul grieving over the Corinthians imply?

impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your ...
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Spectrum of Interpretation on Great Flood

The Great Flood of Noah is a classic Bible story - and a contentious one. Many would argue that traditional or literal interpretations cannot be squared with modern scientific thinking - others reject ...
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In view of Mark 9:1 why say the kingdom of God will come at Jesus' second coming?

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” (NIV) Jesus was in the presence of his followers ...
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Why did St. Peter propose to make different tents at the time of Christ's Transfiguration? (Catholic perspective)

At Matthew 17:4 we hear St. Peter exclaiming at the Transfiguration of Christ: “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one ...
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Why would Catholics believe that being kind to one's father will bring reparation for sins?

Sirach 3:12-14 tells us: 12 My child, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life. 13 Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your ...
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According to Calvinists, why did God say what He did to Cain in Genesis 4:7?

Both high and low Calvinists from this Wiki say that God authorized the Fall, by which all deserve to be condemned. Me: If there is no predestination at all, both Cain and Abel will end up in hell. ...
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What is an overview of non-literal methods of interpreting the Bible in Christianity?

Following my viewing of this superb discussion between the previous Archbishop of Canterbury and Richard Dawkins: Dialogue with Richard Dawkins, Rowan Williams and Anthony Kenny (YouTube) . . . I ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret John 14:10?

John 14:10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing ...
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To the Calvinist, is Romans 9:21 potter story based on Jeremiah 18:4?

My Calvinist friend gave me Romans 9:21 and Jeremiah 18:4 to support his view that each individual since was born already either the object of His wrath or the object of His mercy. After I read ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “rather we uphold the law”

Romans 3 talks about how we are saved by faith apart from works & the law. At Romans 3:31 Paul tells us: Do we then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather we uphold the law. From ...
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What constitutes a half-tribe?

In Joshua 1:12, Joshua talks to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. What made the Manasseh a half-tribe? The Bible doesn't refer to the Reubenites and the Gadites as "half" a ...
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Reading the Bible Literally

Which denominations believe that the bible should be read "literally?" Do they believe that all of the text should be read this way? Why? Context: It seems like most of these people would still read ...
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How is the situation of “divorce her quietly” in Matthew 1:19 according to Catholic?

Matthew 1:19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. In these modern days, in my ...
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According to a Catholic interpretation of the Bible, was Jesus being glib in Matthew 6:34?

When Jesus says "Sufficient for a day is its own evil," was Our Lord making light of the fact that a lot of bad stuff happens every day? I'm reading this as part of a scripture study with some ...
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What is the understanding between the Genesis account and the book of Abraham account of creation? (LDS)

There seems to be a clear difference between the Pearl of Great Price and the Bible in terms of creation: The Pearl of Great Price And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the ...
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What's up with Tobiah's dog?

Either Tobiah or Archangel Raphael (or maybe both?) has some sort of relationship with a dog, as shown in Tobit 6:2 and Tobit 11:4. The dog goes out with them and comes back with them and isn't ...
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In 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, is Paul really saying to avoid the immoral? (Catholic perspective)

I'm really struggling with this chapter in Corinthians. Chapter 4 and the beginning of chapter 5 impart how God is the one who judges. But then Paul adds at the end of chapter 5: (5:11) I have ...
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What key differences should I be sure to cover when explaining how I study the Bible as a Catholic to my Episcopalian friend? [closed]

A friend of mine was recently given a full Bible and asked if I could read through the book of Tobit with her. When we discussed the details of doing this, it turned out one of the things she is ...
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Explain she bore again from Genesis-when Eve gave birth to Cain & Able?…who was Cains fathet? [closed]

In Genesis,..when it reads she(Eve) bore again,is that referring to that Able being born 1st was actually Adam son-but then she gave birth again(implying right after Ables birth,...meaning they were ...
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In what way is the Son of God “one with the Father”?

What is the Trinitarian stance on the meaning of John 10:30? I and the Father are one.
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

James 2:24, RSVC2E: You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Many times I've heard Protestants claim that James isn't really saying what he appears to be saying here. They ...
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How do NON soul sleep adherents interpret 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18?

How do non soul sleep adherents interpret 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have ...
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How did Swedenborg interpret 1 John 2:2: “He is the propitiation for our sins”?

Many Christians believe that Jesus died to appease the anger of God. One reason for this is 1 John 2:2, which says: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the ...
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Saviour of all people, ESPECIALLY of those who believe

1 Timothy 4:10 reads: That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. [NIV] Is there any ...
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How do Modalists interpret John 14:28?

How do Modalists interpret John 14:28? You heard me say to you, I am going away, and I will come to you. If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father ...
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How do paedo-baptists interpret the Great Commission?

In the Great Commission of Matt.28:19 (NIV) we read: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Some people ...
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How do Unitarians interpret John 1:1?

John 1:1 says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." -KJV The Greek says: Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος How ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by the phrase “in the age to come”?

We read at Matthew 12:31-32 (RSVCE): 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever says a ...
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Has the prohibition against construction and veneration of statues and images been abrogated?

I'm Catholic, so I subscribe to the idea that constructing and venerating images and statues is permissible and encouraged as a matter of Church dogma. However I must admit that I find it hard to ...