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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 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 ...
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How do the Assemblies of God interpret 1 Corinthians 11:2–6?

I attend an Assemblies of God church and my pastor's attitude towards expectation of attire within the church is very lax. That being the case, what is the AG/Pentecostal interpretation of 1 ...
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What does “the Holy Spirit and us” mean in Acts 15:28, according to Catholicism?

Acts 15:28 (NIV) It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: When the text says "the Holy Spirit and us", what is the meaning of ...
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Are the books known as the “Book of the Covenant” and the “Book of the Law” the same book or two separate books?

Exodus 24:7 (verse-A) Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” That event ...
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The sacrificial perogative of the kings of Israel [closed]

Why was the sacrifice offered by Saul at Gilgal rejected by God while obviously the sacrifices of David and Solomon at a later time were evidently accepted? Did it have anything to do with the death ...
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What do “sin” and “death” mean in Romans 5:12?

Romans 5:12 NASB Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— In my country's language, the word "sinned"...
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Psalm 144:5 Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke

Psalm 144:5 Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke. What are these moutains and why do they smoke? According to the RCC
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According to reformed theology, who or what will the saints reign over during the millenium?

Regarding the 1000 years, Revelation 20:6 states: Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God ...
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According to reformed theology, who or what will the saints reign over in eternity?

Revelation 22:5 states: Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever. ...
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How did the man with leprosy come into the city?

Anyone with leprosy should stay outside the city until he is clean. Leviticus 13:46 He is to live by himself in a home outside the encampment. With reference with below verses, we see Jesus ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying “Neither this man nor his parents sinned”?

John 9:3 (NIV) "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Here you have the clear understanding That sin brings ...
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Did Jesus forseeing the different Denominational division of the Church, unify them together into the Kingdom of God in John 3:16? [closed]

Recently the number of Denominations, who claim to be the true Church; has caused me to research the Bible in search of Jesus description of the church, and the restrictions associated with its ...
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Why Does Herod Say He Had Beheaded John the Baptist When He Knows He's in Prison? (Mark 6)

In discussing what King Herod had heard about Jesus, in Mark 6:16-17, it says: But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” For Herod himself had ...
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what is the background situation of Paul's vow ? (Acts 18:18) [closed]

After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. (Acts ...
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How does Swedenborgianism understand Amos 3:2, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth”?

If you can be so kind, please help me understand Amos 3:2: You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities. My understanding is that ...
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Which book of the law is Joshua 1:8 referring to?

Since Joshua 1:8 says Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, So which Book of the Law is Joshua 1:8 referring to, since we have 66 books in the ...
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According to Protestants following the Reformation, what did Jesus mean when he said “do this and you will live”?

According to the Reformers, man is saved by faith alone in Christ alone, through grace alone, and not by any works- anything they can do. Consider the following passage from Luke. Luke 10:25–28 (...
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“All” Scripture? [duplicate]

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness... (2 Timothy 3:16) Certainly the New Testament wasn't ...
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Mark 1:41 - Was Jesus indignant or compassionate? [closed]

http://biblehub.com/mark/1-41.htm New International Version Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"New Living Translation Moved ...
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On what basis is Genesis 1 said to be Hebrew poetry?

I've heard several knowledgeable people state that Genesis 1 is using Hebrew poetic language, but I recently ran across some counter arguments against the view that Genesis 1 contains poetry in the ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus address inanimate objects?

In Mark 4:35–39 (RSVCE), we read: On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them, just as he was, in the ...
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When will the Millennial Reign prophesied about in Revelation 20 take place? [closed]

I'm confused by the 20th chapter of the Book of Revelation. Revelation 20:1-15 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. ...
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How is the New Covenant consistent with Deuteronomy 4:2? [closed]

The King James Bible; Deuteronomy 4:2, says: Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God ...
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How do Catholics understand the gathering of Jews in Isaiah 43:5–6?

Isaiah 43:5–6 reads: 5 Fear not, for I am with you;       from the east I will bring back your offspring,       from the west I will ...
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What does “Throwing Pearls to Swine” (Matt 7:6) mean? [closed]

So This is Christ delivering the 'Sermon on the Mount'. And I think he's talking about how to deal with other people because In the same passage, Christ talks about Taking the beam from your own eye, ...
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Why did Ninevites respond the way they did? [closed]

I'm reading through the book of Jonah, and in an historical context it doesn't make much sense to me. Nineveh was part of Assyrian empire. It practised Ashurism focused on worship of of Ashur and ...
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Who is Augustine arguing against in his Confessions, book 12?

In Augustine's Confessions, book XII, chapters xvi–xvii (23–24), he writes about his disagreements with others over the proper interpretation of the Creation account in Genesis 1. Augustine holds that ...
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Why can't God cope with Iron chariots? [closed]

One of the core beliefs of Judaism and Christianity is that God is omnipotent, able to do anything that is logically possible. But surprisingly, the Bible does not consistently support this idea .....
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Who first explicitly understood “works of the law” in Galatians 3:10 as referring to only the ritual law, and not the Mosaic law generally?

One of the key verses used to defend the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone is Galatians 3:10: For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be ...
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Has a parable originally used by Jesus been left out of Luke 14? [closed]

(Luke 14:7-11, RSVCE) Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do ...
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When were “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” in Colossians 3 first argued to refer only to the Book of Psalms?

Some groups of Christians hold to exclusive psalmody, that is, they believe that the only songs that may be sung in public worship must come from the canonical Book of Psalms. These Christians have ...
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Matthew 11:3: Was John the Baptist losing his faith?

How is Matthew 11:3 usually interpreted in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and mainstream Protestantism? And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? (NIV, ...
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Isaiah 25:6 “On this mountain, the Lord of Heavenly Forces”

Where does title "Lord of Heavenly Forces" come from?
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Scripture explanation: spiritual person can evaluate everything [closed]

I'm reading 1 Corinthians and there are certain verses that just don't seem to make any sense to me. 1 Cor 2 15 The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be ...
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Who was house of Chloe?

In 1 Corinthians 1:11 Paul says: 11 For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by members of Chloe’s household, that there is rivalry among you. Who is Chloe here? I'm looking to ...
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What were the findings of the Acts Seminar?

The Seminar on Acts of the Apostles sat for ten years until 2011, examining the Acts of the Apostles. What were its main findings and how were they arrived at?