We have a section in our help center called What topics can I ask about here? and another called What types kinds of questions should I avoid asking? The latter contains generic SE guidelines that seem to be appropriate. The former is our chance to explain site scope, and I think it could be improved.
One thing I’ve noticed in our recent discussions of off-topic reasons is that we have a remarkable degree of agreement about the appropriate boundaries for this site. We just like different numbers of words, want to organize sentences differently, prefer to use a thesaurus more or less, etc. etc.
Regardless of what we do for close reasons, each must adhere to the 400 character limit. I wonder if the help section might be an opportunity to provide some slightly expanded yet organized (in a way that Meta could never be) education about what we agree about for newcomers.
Here it is as it stands:
If your question is about...
interpretation of a specific Bible passage hermeneutical approaches translation of Biblical texts historical context (with regards to a particular text) source criticism
... then this is the right place to ask.
Questions that do not arise from a Biblical text are off-topic unless they are about hermeneutical approaches.
Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.
If your question is not specifically on-topic for Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.
For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"