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Vote Early, Vote Often

I cannot state this strongly enough. Voting is absolutely critical to the formation of a healthy SE site. And this is never more true than in Private and early Public beta. Vote on Questions Voting ...
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Strong's is a concordance, not a lexicon

The Strong's Concordance is a helpful tool that lists every Hebrew and Greek lemma (root word) present in the King James Bible. Along with listing these, the tool also generally gives a 'gloss' for ...
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A new guideline for doctrine in questions. What do you think?

I don't mean to hash and rehash this subject over and over, but I think that my understanding has developed to the point where I believe I can offer something somewhat concrete. Over the course of ...
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Let's save our tags!

It's been too long since I last proposed a challenge! In the past year, we've covered lots of ground, but there are still some books that we've only asked one question of. Since these tags will ...
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pro (a long) tempore

It's been nearly three years since I started as pro-tem moderator on this fabulous site, and I think it's time for me to step aside. The job of a pro-tem is supposed to be: ...a temporary, short-...
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A helpful flowchart for asking questions on BH.SE

Here is a helpful flowchart for asking questions on BH.SE. Relevant meta posts for each decision are listed below: My goal is for this be a helpful reference and 'one-stop-shop' for users. Also note ...
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Let's ask about Astronomy

This summer the planet Venus will pass between the sun and the earth (a twice in a lifetime event). Meanwhile, the Bible, as an Ancient Near East text, is filled with astronomical references. So for ...
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Would you be interested in taking a course on the Letters of Paul?

Harvard Divinity School professor Laura Nasrallah is teaching a free, online course called Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul. When I first learned about it, I assumed it would be more of ...
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Let's have a second opinion!

It's been a while since I issued a challenge and now that hats are over, it's about time for something new. In the past, I've focused on generating new questions, but this time I'd like to focus on ...
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Do you like head coverings?

Get ready for head coverings! Since the current voting is 5/0 and nobody has objected or given reasons why we should avoid it, we are going to opt in. Remember, if hats are not your thing, you can ...
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Should we prefer the contradiction tag?

I suggested this tag synonym relationship: contradiction => textual-discrepancies But it sounds like the other way around would be better. Vote up if you want to reverse the synonym relationship to:...
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Should the translation-methodology and translation-philosophy tags be synonyms?

We currently have translation-philosophy described as: The philosophical basis that grounds the work of translators. Questions about specific translation problems should instead be tagged hebrew, ...
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Older question regarding Isaiah 7.14-16

This question recently jumped to the top of the list. A related question could be something more like: Who are the young woman and the son from Isaiah 7.14 referring to? But while the above ...
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Jack asked a “Hot” Question!

I don't know how the "hotness" algorithm works exactly, but Jack asked a question that has a chance at drawing some network-wide attention: Good work!
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archaeological evidence questions

As many would know by now, I am an Atheist and a practicing scientist (and are very thankful for being made welcome here). Would the following format for questions related to this be acceptable - and ...
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Meta humor ala xkcd

Just because. I'm the geek you don't want on meta :P
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Read (really) old dead trees … er, plants … let's call 'em texts online

Those of you involved in textual criticism and translation might want to check out the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library that Google has sponsored. They have posted like stuff before for ...
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What should we do with the new Community Bulletin?

So we now have a new Community Bulletin, which currently lists any featured and "hot" meta-posts. However, if we wanted to, we could ask our moderators to set up "events" to publicize. For instance,...
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Multiple close votes in valid questions from the same user

When going to the review queue for Close Votes noticed various good questions from one particular user being VTC. The questions are How do those who reject Q explain Matthew 5:38-48 and Luke 6:27-36? ...
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Are translation/pronunciation questions on topic?

I've come across a Hebrew word that I don't know how to pronounce. The word is השגחה, which means providence. Sometimes, השגחה פרטית, Divine Providence. After attempting to use automated ...
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Why can't I ask my 'big question'?

For the sake of argument, let's presume that there are the following Stack Exchange Q&A sites (any resemblance to existing SE sites is coincidental): Automotive Engineering — A Q&A site ...
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Divergent Philosophies, Convergent Mission

There's been plenty of talk about what we're doing wrong lately. Here's a little post about what I believe we're doing right. It's also an attempt to document what I believe are the three main ...
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Do you like head coverings, 2013?

Last year, Stack Exchange opened up a promotion previously run on the Gaming Stack Exchange site to any site that would like to opt-in, and we did. They may or may not look like this ^^^^^^^^^^ So ...
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What to do about copied/unattributed quotes as answers?

A question from Jan 2012 about the placement of a comma in Luke 23:43 attracted this answer: The understanding of Luke 23:43 is influenced by the punctuation used by the translator. There was no ...
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What tag should I use for ambiguity resolution?

I've asked a few questions like this most recent one, in which the weight of the question has to do with resolving an ambiguity. In the example linked, Paul talks about grace, salvation, and faith, ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Are we proud of our “Greatest Hits”?

Recently, I learned about the "Greatest Hits" feature for StackExchange sites. Looking over our top questions, I see many great answers and often multiple answers per question. Not surprisingly, ...
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Let's give thanks

If you are reading this, there's a good chance that you are among the most fortunate human beings to walk the earth today. So for the next two weeks (see below), let's ask questions around the theme ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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How to use BDAG

I came across an article explaining how to use the lexicon BDAG. There is a lot to BDAG that isn't necessarily intuitive and to use it effectively requires some instruction and experience. (If this is ...
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What to do with questions with answers that are too hard to understand?

We had a question on christianity.se https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/63957/why-does-romans-519-say-many-instead-of-all Which is probably an OK question for Hermeneutics but we ...
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When is it ok to ask a question to which you already have an answer?

I have seen a few instances of someone asking a question to which they already have an answer. I have been told you can answer your own question. So can we develop a flow chart for asking questions ...
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A chat room to discuss the synoptic problem and dating the gospels

I'd like to try an experiment. In my answer to Did Luke use Josephus as a source? I rely on certain assumptions about when Luke-Acts was written. These assumptions, in turn, are based on my ...
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What is our tagging philosophy?

Jeff Atwood says, "It is my strong belief that the tags page is an essential map of what your community is, and is not, about." Many sites have a primary set of tags that categorize questions. On ...
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Userscript for posting formatted Bible content on SE

I have posted the userscript that helps create markdown formatted bible quotes using the BibleGateway to the Stack Apps site. I have included links to the original from dancek and JackDouglas's fork ...
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Let's contemplate silence

This week's challenge was suggested by Soldarnal: Silence I could try to be clever and tie this theme to some part of the calendar, but mostly I thought of it because Psalm 131 came up in my reading ...
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Burninate rationale tag

I observed a new tag only being used by one user and only on two questions thus far: rationale. I burninated this tag as I believe it is an unnecessary tag. This post is just a record of my actions ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is the “grammatical-interpretation” tag needed?

Is the grammatical-interpretation tag needed, or can it be merged with grammar?
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Migrate questions to Christianity.SE; don't just recommend it

Today we had yet another example of someone accidentally asking a question on BH.SE that actually belonged on Christianity.SE. "dæn" ;-) recommended to the OP that he ask it over on Christianity.SE, ...
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What about a find-a-fallacy challenge?

Hermeneutics has good practices as well as bad practices. Most of these bad practices can be grouped together in families. Would a good challenge be to find a verse with a published fallacious ...
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Hermeneutics on Christianity

In case anybody wasn't aware, can I draw everyone's attention to this question. It's about how Hermeneutics questions should be treated on Christianity SE.
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Let's do some Biblical mathematics

And now for something completely different: Besides being the anniversary of the end of hostilities in WWI, today is 11-11-11, which surely is significant somehow. ;-) The Bible is full of numbers: ...
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Promoting on Bible commentary sites

A while back, Ami wrote on chat: [Wouldn't] it be cool for hermeneutics.SE to have a sister site housing a commentary on the Bible being collaboratively edited by members of this site[?] And I ...
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Which NIV? There are more than one variation

In many of the questions and answers on this site, reference is made to "the NIV". However, there are at least 3 variations of the NIV: the original, from 1984 "Today's NIV", from ...
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When is it OK to answer a question using a theological argument supported by other biblical material?

The biblical texts are the product of a long history of collection, redaction and revision. Texts put forward different ideas because they were written by different people. But also often texts ...
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What are we doing here and what are Hermenutics?

From Milton S. Terrys Biblical hermenutics Hermenutics is the science of interpretation. The word is usually applied to the explanation of written documents, and may therefore be more specifically ...
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Let's rest Biblically

By an amazing coincidence, this is the 7th challenge topic I've suggested. "Challenge ideas" isn't a challenge itself, but a place for us to collect and vote on topics. My favorite ...
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What do you love about this site?

I thought it would be helpful to have a meta question where we could keep track of what is really great about Hermeneutics.SE. So: What do you love about this site? Go ahead and list each item as a ...
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Related questions on the audience of 1 John 2:12–14

Since neither of these questions have an accepted answer, they are not technically duplicates, but they may be candidates for merging: 1st John 2:12-14: little children, young men and fathers Who are ...