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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Why would people make themselves eunuchs “for the Kingdom of heavens sake”?

The text I'm drawing from is Matthew 19:1-12. Here is my main text: "But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, ...
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Were the Jews right in accusing Jesus of claiming to be God? [duplicate]

I was once asked this question by a Jehovah Witness to prove if the Jews understood that Jesus was claiming to be God. I affirm that they did while the Jehovah Witnesses deny it. Related question ...
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How can it be said that Paul taught a pre-tribulational rapture of the Church given 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?

2 Thess 2:1-3: Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a ...
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Bible phrase from the Gospel of Matthew

In Matthew 16:28 28 Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here, that shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Was Our Lord Jesus speaking literally ...
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What happened to the Book of the Law in the time of Josiah?

2 Kings 22 (NIV) 8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 11 When the ...
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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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How was Moses able to speak to over 600,000 people at once?

This is a followup question to the question about Jesus speaking to crowds of 5,000 people without audio installation. The book of Exodus says that Israelites had 600,000 men of fighting age. And ...
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“Kingdom Of God is at Hand” - Which Kingdom was Jesus and John the Baptist talking about? [closed]

The Bible clearly says that Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ...
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What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the “firstborn from the dead”?

note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation. I have noticed that Paul referred to Jesus as the firstborn numerous times: Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the ...
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The great Deception

I would like to know what different denominations teach about what the great deception is exactly. One so great that even the very elect, if possible, would be deceived. For there shall arise false ...
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Can you find scholarly support that Behemoth is an example of humble submission?

In the Book of Job, chapter 40 describes Behemoth, a large land animal that may be mythical, a hippo, an herbivourous dinosaur, or an as yet uncreated beast that God has in the works for the future. I ...
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Who do Seventh Day Adventist think the Harlot is in Revelation chaps 17 & 19?

According to Seventh Day Adventist’s Who/what is the harlot noted in Revelation? Why do you or your source think that answer is correct?
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What does it mean to “Bless the LORD”?

Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits What does it mean to say "Bless the ...
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Different genealogy in Matthew and Luke

In the Matthew and Luke we can read the genealogy of Jesus. While in Matthew 1 it dates back to Abraham, in Luke 3 it goes back to Adam. What's the significance of this difference?
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Please clarify Phil 2:8-9 with reference to the Trinity

In Philippians 2:8-9 we read: He [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the ...
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Creation order of events: Was there unanimous consent among the Church Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent (as described here and here) among the Fathers of the Church who wrote on the interpretation of Genesis that the order of events of creation actually occurred in the order ...
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Is virginity more meritorious than marriage, according to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7?

Is, according to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 7, the state of virginity more meritorious than that of marriage? Catholics think it is, and some (all?) Protestants think it is not. Why? For example, 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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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Galatians 2:7?

From my understanding, the Catholic belief of ordained church leadership comes from the interpretation of Jesus' words to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why did Jesus address Martha in Luke 10:41 by repeating her name?

Luke 10:41 presents Jesus as calling Martha by name twice : “Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things". In today's usage of the language, we repeat a person's ...
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What is the role of the Three Persons of the Godhead in creation?

Genesis 1:26, New International Version (NIV) reads: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, ...
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord? (Catholic perspective)

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?

Why does the doctrine of transubstantiation consider Jesus’ words regarding the bread and wine of communion to be literal while considering these other similes used by Jesus to be metaphorical? ...
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A confusion about the fullfilment of the law

Jesus said in Mat 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth ...
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In what manner does the Father draw men to Jesus Christ? John 6:44

This question is for Evangelicals who do not hold a Calvinist view Jesus Christ states that the Father alone draws men to Himself. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” ...
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What did God mean when He said to Moses, “I have made thee a god to Pharaoh”?

Perhaps I'm not seeing the meaning behind the translation, but while reading the KJV Exodus, I'm confused by chapter 7 verse 1, which reads: "And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a ...
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What is meant by the punishment for Satan in Genesis 3? [closed]

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all ...
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Why didn’t the blind man at Bethsaida get healed the first time?

According to Mark 8:22 22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. ...
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How do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51 in light of the doctrine of 'irresistible grace?'

In light of the doctrine of irresistable grace, how do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51? Acts 7:51 (DRB) You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your ...
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Why did Elizabeth keep herself hidden while pregnant?

In Luke 1:24-25 we read: 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, ...
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Do Christian denominations vary in interpreting whether an act is sinful or not?

I've noticed in some answers and comments the sentiment that whether an act is sinful or not is always cut-and-dried. Does this mean that in all the ways the various denominations of Christianity ...
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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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7 mentions of night in Gospel of John [closed]

From reading Job 35:10 and Ps. 77:6 we understand that night is used to represent trials, a period of distress, trouble. Then, in the Gospel of John, we can read 7 mentions of night, starting from ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul notes that he is thankful he did not have to baptize some individuals. 14: I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius 15: so ...
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Repetition of “and he begat sons and daughters:”

While reading Genesis 5, we can read the development of human race from Adam to Noah, bridging the gap between the two. During that passage, there's an expression mentioned often (...) and he ...
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" 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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Understanding of “clean” and “unclean” animals before dietary laws

In Genesis 7:2 we read Of every clean beast thou shall take... Up until this point God never revealed the basis for His distinction between clean and unclean animals. Does it mean the ...
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Prior to the burning bush event - what was Moses's knowledge of God?

We know that he went to live with the Egyptians from a young age to the age of more or less 40. He then lived in Midean for another 40. It seems that there was no contact with other Israelites. Or was ...
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Why do we celebrate Easter only 2 days after Good Friday?

I have always wondered why we celebrate Easter only two 24 hour periods since Good Friday. Throughout Scripture we see the Apostles and Paul talking about Jesus's Resurrection was three days after his ...
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What is the argument in support of personal interpretation of the Scriptures?

The Catholic church teaches that only the Church (Magisterium) has the right to interpret Scriptures whereas Protestant churches typically believe that anyone has that right. What is the argument ...
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How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?

According to orthodox trinitarian doctrine, the Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is co-eqaul, eternally begotten, not made. With that in mind, how could Jesus have a ...
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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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God said in the Bible: ”I am who am!” What does that expression mean?

”I am who am!” What does this expression mean? God expressed Himself like so in the Bible. But what I want to know is what does it mean? What is its intrinsic meaning?
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How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?

How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain the following verses: Hebrews 6:4-6: For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have ...
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What was Paul referring to by the “thorn in the flesh”?

In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul references a thorn was given to him in the flesh: So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in ...
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What is the Christian Reformed Church in North America's views about Luke 14:32 with regard to the doctrine of discipleship?

Luke 14:25Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and ...
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Mark 10:29-30 vs Matthew 19:28-29: when will we receive our reward?

Why is there a difference between Mark 10:29-30 and Matthew 19:28-29? Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his ...
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Why are some words of Jesus in Aramaic transliterated in the Gospels of Mark?

There are a few instances in the Gospels where the words originally spoken by Jesus are transliterated . For instance, we see at Mark 5:41 ;" He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (...

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