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 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 ...
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How do Anglicans interpret the great crowd (144,000) of Revelation 7?

What is an overview of the Anglican understandings of who/what are the 144000 of Revelation 7? After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds ...
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How do Mormons interpret Isaiah 43:10?

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after ...
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Do Catholics have to accept the early chapters of Genesis as literal historical truth? [duplicate]

Do Catholics have to accept the early chapters of Genesis as literal historical truth? or can they read them as historical mythology? (Mythology which is based on history, with characters who were ...
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Is the Church both the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ? [closed]

Some believe the Church is the Bride of Christ. Yet that term is never used in the New Testament. In Revelation the bride who is the wife of the Lamb is used (DRA): And there came one of the seven ...
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According to the LDS faith, if our spirits lived with God before this life, why is spiritual birth during life on earth required?

I am a member of the LDS faith, and based on the belief that our spirits lived with God before this life, then why is spiritual birth ("Being Born of the Spirit") during life on earth required? Based ...
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How does the Catholic Church respond to the claim that its authority to interpret scripture is based on circular reasoning?

I've heard the claim that scriptural references to the establishment of the Catholic Church and its authority to interpret scripture is circular reasoning. From a conversation I was having with a ...
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According to Catholicism, what did St Paul mean by “a thorn in the flesh”?

We see St Paul writing at 2 Corinthians 12:7 (RSVCE) And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to ...
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Why does the Roman Catholic Church not hold to the perspicuity of Scripture?

From the very limited research that I've done thus far, it seems that the RCC does not hold to the perspicuity of Scripture. I'm not positive that this is true, though it seems to be. The meaning of ...
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Is there any doubt among New Testament scholars that “and then to the Twelve” in 1 Corinthians 15:5 refers to an appearance to a group?

Just to be clear, this isn't a question about whether there were ten, eleven, or twelve in the group, but rather how certain we are, perhaps based on the syntax of the original Greek, that "and then ...
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Who is “I” in Isaiah 44:6

I want to know who is "I" in Isaiah 44:6 in a view point of Trinity; The LORD is Israel’s king and defender. He is the LORD of Armies. This is what the LORD says: I am the first and the last, and ...
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Why “Sons of Levi” particularly?

About 20 minutes into Handel's 'Messiah there is a chorus about the Messiah being like a refiner's fire.... "and He shall purify... the sons of Levi". This is taken from Malachi 3:3. My question is, ...
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How do we know that Judas was a “wealthy landowner”?

In an interview that the New York Times had with the author Amos Oz, there is a mention of Oz's interest in the New Testament, "which began when he was a 16-year-old, living on a kibbutz and spending ...
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If Jesus' ministry was to the Jews, why did He go to Syria?

Matthew 4:25 (HCSB) says, Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the ...
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What is the Christian (or commonly used) term for “god of relativism” (small g) in Tim Keller's book Hidden Christmas?

Tim Keller talks about a god of relativism (small g) in his book Hidden Christmas. This is an interesting phrase that feels familiar but I can't quite tie it down to a common term. (On the tip of my ...
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According to premillennialism, are the nations in the New Earth still procreating?

This question mainly deals with Revelation 21:24–27, but it is probably helpful to read from Rev 20 to the end also. Revelation 21 (KJV) 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk ...