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What texts are open for examination?

I assume the baseline here is interpretation of and principles behind understanding the 66 book Protestant canon. What about the extra 7 Deuterocanonical books used by Catholics? What about the extra ...
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How can we educate new users about our site distinctives?

Experienced users frequently remark that we attract a lot of first-time answers that significantly miss the mark. Answers from new users are often pure opinions, or tangential discussions that don't ...
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What are we looking for in answers?

There have been a lot of meta discussions in the last 18 months about specific aspects of, or handling of, answers (annotations, voting, editing, doctrine, etc). It was pointed out by the Community ...
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What does “show your work” mean in the context of exegesis?

As a result of recent debate over whether certain answers would be considered acceptable on this site, we posed the question "What are we looking for in answers?". In my foray into the issue, I noted ...
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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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What kind of site do we ultimately want to have?

There have been a lot of discussions on meta about different aspects of site direction, but none directly focused on the fundamental question: What kind of site do we want to have? What should our ...
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Can we define as a forum what it means to “apply the text”? Where do we draw the line?

This is in response to an attempt I made at an edit and discussion that ensued, which in turn lead to a Meta question. We know that this site focuses on meaning of the text, and stops short of ...
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Site Viability and the Distinction Between Scriptural and Biblical Studies

Mike recently posted an answer to another meta question that got me thinking about this distinction and the impact this has on BH.SE's viability (I'm beginning to wonder if ScottS was really onto ...
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Why should one participate in the Biblical Hermeneutics site (is it a viable site)?

I just found your site yesterday [years ago now, note the date of initial posting], and have been looking around at various meta discussions on distinctions between it and C.SE, or how much doctrine ...
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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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Friends, we are not Christian!

I am a Christian. You might be Christian too. But we are neither Christian nor even religious. If you are the sort of person who reads Meta, this is insultingly obvious. It says right in the FAQ: ...
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How can this site distinguish itself from Christianity.SE?

Might as well address the elephant in the room right off the bat. Many questions on Christianity deal with exegesis. During the proposal process, there was a lot of consensus to merge the Biblical ...
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How much doctrine should we allow? What is the general guideline? [closed]

Recently, a question regarding 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (regarding women being silent in church) was asked. The literal interpretation of the text in itself creates and implies doctrine. However, ...
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All traditions are welcome on Biblical Hermeneutics

Dan recently wrote: We should avoid the fallacy that we can somehow require diversity. We certainly welcome diverse perspectives, but what if some questions only have Christian perspectives? We can'...
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Having extended hermeneutics to exegesis, where do we draw the line?

Background question: Hermeneutics vs Exegesis Are we a site for practicing exegesis where the experts happen be the ones with good knowledge of hermeneutics or is this a place where one could ask ...
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What does a vote mean on the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange?

On many Stack Exchange sites, a vote has a clear meaning: Up vote answers that are correct Down vote answers that are incorrect or unclear The goal of voting is to help the cream rise to the top ...
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What good reference works on Biblical studies are available (freely) online?

What good reference works on Biblical studies are available online, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering?
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What constitutes doctrine?

I'm feeling some dissonance between the stated policy of not-so-much-doctrine and the content of questions I see. To begin with, every time I see the term 'OT', I cringe. I appreciate that not all ...
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What should our title be?

Our current title, "Biblical Hermeneutics", has a lot going for it: Covers many of the questions we ask if you take hermeneutics to mean "applied hermeneutics". Quietly excludes people who don't have ...
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Revising Off-Topic Close option addressing “systematic theology”

Pursuing further the topic discussed in the Library here. The current (as of 10-14-2014) wording for one of the off-topic close options is Questions regarding systematic theology are off-topic. ...
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Pseudo-neutrality & its enforcement

From the perspective of a postmodern/pluralist worldview, there is no such thing as 'pure' objectivity / true neutrality (nor objective truth, for that matter). In effect, all assertions of neutrality ...
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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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Why Biblical Hermeneutics isn't closing

Some of you may have seen the recent blog post announcing the closure of 6 sites on Stack Exchange: when a site struggles to maintain any semblance of steady progress — when it’s struggling to ...
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Properly citing the Bible

A recent Q&A showed a verse shift between the Hebrew and English texts in Deuteronomy, and at least one other conversation has occurred where two individuals were talking about different passages ...
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Should we avoid stump-the-chumps questions?

I've noticed a pattern from Christianity.SE creeping onto our site occasionally that Caleb calls a "stump the chump" question. The phrase comes from a segment on the Car Talk show in which they bring ...
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Feel free to describe the meaning of the text, but please don't prescribe it to your readers

I am using my own answer in this question because it was easy to pick on my own issues than others (I'm trying to make a point, not go on a witch hunt). While I think good answers will also follow ...
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Are questions about the Old Testament from a purely Christian perspective off-topic? [closed]

This morning a question arose about whether Jesus fulfills a prophesy in the Old Testament. From a Christian perspective, this a fairly standard lens through which to look at the Tanakh. Obviously, ...
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Studying the Bible vs. Bible Study

I've previously highlighted the distinction between Biblical Studies and Scriptural Studies, of which this is a postscript seeking community feedback on future direction. While there is a similar post ...
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How much tangential information should we allow in answers?

One of the key advantages of Stack Exchange is that it encourages real answers to real questions. We do a lot to discourage and delete answers that are little more than opinion, free association, and ...
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What is a good source?

The following represents the community's standing practices (based on meta votes) for citing sources in answers: Should it be a requirement to cite sources in answers? No, but it is strongly ...
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How can we attract high-quality Biblical scholars and still be welcoming to interested amateurs?

Simply what the title says. I would love to be able to come here and ask questions from my own study or other sources and receive high-quality answers. What principles should we follow to ensure a ...
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We need to downvote more

DISCLAIMER: Allow me to begin with a caveat: SE users are free to vote however they please. The only 'official' criteria for voting on questions are: It shows research effort It is useful It is clear ...
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What barriers might be hindering more quality participation from Jewish members?

While this site is, in principle, solidly non-partisan in its religious affiliations, over time with a larger base of participation things have clearly gotten skewed a bit to the Christian side of ...
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Why are correct answers sometimes downvoted?

When I look around the site, I sometimes see downvotes on the right answer. Occasionally, there are two answers that say pretty much the same thing, but one is voted up and the other is voted down. ...
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What constitutes “minimal research effort” in questions?

I think the answer will depend on the type of question, but I'm genuinely interested. As a starter, here are some general 'question types' and 'sub-types' (feel free to address any or none of these, ...
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LMGTFY Questions on the Rise

I'm noticing a rise in questions that could easily be answered with a Google search and/or Wikipedia article. For instance: What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb? What sort of “slave” is Paul referring ...
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Let's ask more Tanakh questions

Inspired by the weekly topic challenge on Jewish Life and Learning - Stack Exchange, I think it would be helpful (and hopefully a fun challenge) to ask questions on a specific topic for some period of ...
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Hermeneutics vs Exegesis

Is "Biblical Hermeneutics" the best name for this site? So far, it seems few of the questions asked (similar with earlier phases) have much to do with hermeneutics directly, and are more exegetical. ...
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Time to end Biblical Hermeneutics? [duplicate]

OK, I deliberately chose a provocative title. But the issue I want to raise is this: should we merge this site with Christianity SE? Of course, there are strong arguments for a separate site. But I'm ...
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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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What do we want to do with answers that aren't very useful and don't show their work?

Let's suppose we know what it looks like to "show your work" in an exegesis answer and let's suppose you read an answer that fails to meet the minimum standard. If you come back to that answer a few ...
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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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Are questions about historical context on topic?

There is an existing question asking about what language Jesus spoke. This question is well worded. But it's not hermeneutics and it's not exegesis. Furthermore, it's not regarding historic ...
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What should we do with questions about tools used in Biblical scholarship?

This question arose yet again, this time in reference to this question that, at the time of this writing, remains open on Main: What do the "Goodrick-Kohlenberger" numbers represent? What ...
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What is the Anatomy of a Good BH.SE Answer?

This question has a different focus than What are we looking for in answers?, but is related. There is an explicit one for questions (What makes a good/bad question?), which itself links to the more ...
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Should we require answers to cite sources?

Over on the Skeptic site, they have a rule that all answers include references to sources. It's a hugely different site than ours, so such a rule isn't necessarily appropriate here. But there are ...
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How should we welcome new users?

Every now and then you'll see a question or an answer from someone you don't recognize. They might have a reputation of 1 or 101, a generic avatar or an image you've never seen before, and they've ...
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Can we reformulate the “Specific Bible passage” close reason?

This question currently has two close votes for the following reason: Questions about biblical topics but without a specific Bible passage are off-topic as hermeneutical methods cannot be applied ...
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Are questions about the languages themselves (without referencing a specific text) on topic?

Here is our about page as it currently stands: UPDATE: What about all of these questions? What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb? How different is Biblical Hebrew from modern Hebrew? How many Greek ...
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What should our URL be?

This question has been asked before, but now that the site has had some time to find it's feet and the community is taking shape, we need to survey what the current thinking is. Below is a list of ...