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To BH-SE friends and Scholars

I am heading off the forum. My account was actually scheduled to be deleted last night, but it was not, presumably because I was still lingering in here. As many of you know, I have deliberated ...
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How to better ask my question over at C.SE here?

How better to rework my question over at C.SE, which I reproduce below, so that I may get one other authoritative interpretation other than the plain reading of the text? I would like the ...
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Can we get rid of the exegesis tag? [duplicate]

This problem was predicted in the early days of the site and dealt with a few years ago but has come up again. There are only 30 questions now tagged exegesis, an apparently random bunch among the ...
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Is this question asking for contemporary writers on topic?

Question: To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison? The following have been proposed by various community members thus far: This is a list question and thus ...
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To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison?

Question: Which contemporary writers can be used for comparison with the Septuagint and New Testament Texts to help guide and inform translations and interpretations? For example, Greeks certainly ...
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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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Is the New Covenant question on-topic?

What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31 This question has five sub-questions: What is this new covenant that is forged with Jews/Israel but not with non-Jews/non-Israel? Do ...
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Defining some site terminology related to various types of “theology”

Need As the discussion in this meta answer reveals, defining theology (especially systematic theology) is challenging, and it varies by theologians. Consider this quote from Rolland McCune's ...
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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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Which Bible translations are preferable/reliable for citing?

Which Bible translations are most preferable for citing on SE for asking the questions? And which are bad to refer to?
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Is this question passable?

I initially intended to make this a footnote to my question on main, but I would like some feedback from the community so I figured this is a better place to do that. I'm trying to figure out what ...
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For Here or over “there?” - ex deo nascimur in christo morimur per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus?

I am uncertain about this ... so I'm asking on meta first. Over on Christianity.SE, I posted this question: ex deo nascimur in christo morimur per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus? Which for ease of ...
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Are questions about the historical outcome of a potentiality alluded to in a biblical text on topic?

This question has, at the time of this writing, one VTC as off-topic, "searching for a text." I agree, but the question reminds me of this one which fared very well here and elicited several superb ...
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Five Scroll Challenge

It's been a while since we last took up a challenge. Given the not-too-long-ago release of the asking day badges, it seems like a good a time as any to propose one. So here goes. For the month of ...
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What would be the best way to present ancient Jewish sources

Many of the discussions in Biblical Hermeneutics involve textual analysis that rabbis analyzed as far back as the lifetime of Jesus. These discussions and analyses are found in a variety of Jewish ...
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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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Are questions about the intended audience of a biblical text on topic?

I have a few questions in mind to ask along these lines but am waiting to see what happens with this question. (I voted to keep open.) This doesn’t seem to clearly fall into any of the categories ...
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Is this a Christian hermeneutics forum?

I find that people with traditional Christian povs are apparently given the licence to be parenthetic in their questions. However, when I ask my question with parenthetic explanation on my Jewish ...
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Are bibliography requests on topic?

A recent question was posted by someone looking for essentially a bibliography. A strict reading of our FAQ would indicate that these are off topic since they're not properly about the Bible per se ...
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Is this question about “what the Bible says about an issue” better suited to BH or C.SE?

I have (in my opinion) a fairly simple question that was initially posted on Christianity.SE here: as If we want to know what the bible says about an issue, how can we know for sure that we have ...
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Irregularities regarding bounties in my account

I have noticed two irregularities concerning bounties in my account: I have never offered a bounty on this question, but my account shows that I offered a bounty worth 50 reps and these reps were ...
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Are definitions built from Hebrew Hieroglyphics not accepted on this site?

Are definitions built from Hebrew Hieroglyphics not accepted on this site? Hieroglyphics are pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds. The Ancient Hebrew Learning Center has ...
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Shouldn't this answer about Marcion's gospel be converted to a comment?

I flagged this answer saying that it doesn't address the question and should be converted to a comment, but my flag was rejected saying that a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to ...
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Reopen: Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?

LINK HERE This was closed per "policy" as seen in this meta post. However the OP (and MOD which closed it) clearly agrees with Jon's comment: The Ehrman question is among the most useful on the ...
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“How often is [this phrase/word] in the Bible?” Questions

There are two questions I'm aware of asking for this currently: How frequently is God attributed to saying “Don't be afraid”? How many times is the phrase “ through Faith/by faith” occured in the ...
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Reading Recommendations

This is somewhat of an experiment. The goal here is to post answers with reading recommendations for those that would like to learn more about the Bible. There are a lot of well read folks on BH.SE ...
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What About Preaching?

Several users have expressed dissatisfaction with 'preaching' on BH.SE: unfortunately, i feel that i am getting preached at when i write my (science based) questions... i know those questions, when ...
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Should we positively discriminate in favour of all non-Protestant perspectives on BH?

It seems to be the case that many of our active contributors hail from Protestant traditions and perspectives. Several folk have expressed concern about this: I currently believe there is a strong ...
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How is this to be understood in light of Scripture?

Are the following question formats on topic? How is this [text/passage] to be understood in light of Scripture? How is this [text/passage] to be understood in light of other Scriptures? (While there ...
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Books in some Christian Bibles but not others

What if anything should we do when someone (may not even know it) but is addressing Catholic vs. non-Catholic beliefs? Usually that's noted and someone is told to take that Q or A away from BH-SE, or ...
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What about the Book(s) of Mormon?

We have no agreed-upon list of what books/texts constitute 'the Bible' for the purposes of this site, despite numerous attempts to create such lists. Today we had a question about Revelation where the ...
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Jewish Hermeneutics here too?

Judaism respectfully has very little to say on most of the questions here. Is there a StackExchange for them too, or is it more pragmatic to just share this one?
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What makes a good/bad question?

Hi I have only just joined BH but have already recognised that this is going to be a great place to learn and develop my skills of biblical interpretation. I also recognise that this is going to ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Should Textual Criticism be a valid topic for the site?

Currently BH.SE has a tag textual-criticism which currently gives this info: Questions regarding the science of textual criticism which attempts to reconstruct the oldest or original wording of a ...
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Is there suggested length for “good” answers?

I have just written my second answer for BH offline in markdownpad, and it is weighing in at 2150 words. I am considering whether to whittle it down a bit before posting. On the other hand, I'm ...
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On the use of Strong's Concordance--Are we expecting David to wear Saul's armor?

This is in regard to a meta post: Strong's is a concordance, not a lexicon and its implications for this site. I appreciate the concern in regard to the limitations of Strong's Concordance. Even ...
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Is it true that Systematic Theology is not welcome on this site

This is related to two other discussions: 1: ScottS indicates that this site has rejected systematic Theology. 2: Soldarnal has indeed expressed that Systematic Theology is not welcome here. I can ...
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How to handle having several interrelated exegetical questions

I recently posted a question about 1 Corinthians 7:29 and the meaning of Paul's phrase "the time is short." I have two other highly related questions I'd like to ask - one pertaining to the meaning of ...
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How can we avoid confusion about meta Links?

This community has a base set of policies and procedures spelled out on our site tour. Beyond that, the particulars are hashed out in Meta through discussion and voting. Answers that are voted up and ...
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Spam?? Huh?? What triggers this lovely popup message?

I tried to post an answer to a question just now, a response/answer that has consumed a good bit of time and when I attempt to submit the response, I get a lovely little popup flag that says, "This ...
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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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a question of etiquette

It is no secret that I am an Atheist and view biblical texts in scientific eyes - however, one thing that has occurred several times now, which I believe is based on a misconception about Atheism and ...
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Why is this question closed?

https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/8372/why-does-the-net-bible-use-heavenly-assembly-when-translating-benei-israel?noredirect=1#comment17576_8372 Majority of the answer in the ...
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IS it off topic to address theological aspects of the text? [duplicate]

This question pertains to conversation in The Library The following is expressed: we are best equipped to help with the historical, linguistic, and literary aspects of texts rather than their ...
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The academic tradition and this site

bimargulies wrote a while back: People who set up and operate interdenominational academic institutions have spent decades learning how to structure an environment that allows respectful ...
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Do we want questions about Biblical languages that are not asking specifically about a text? [duplicate]

According to our help page, questions about the languages themselves are off topic: Yet we have several questions about languages themselves. We need to either: Modify our help page Follow our ...
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Do we want questions that evaluate sources and scholars of interest to Biblical Studies?

It has been suggested that questions such as the following should be considered as off topic: Accuracy of Alfred Edersheim's “Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic? ...
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What if the Q&A process were prompted for new users up to a certain number of rep points

This site seeks to be an expert site; however, it also appeals to those interested in studying the text. Thus, we tend to draw many novice users. Such new users seem to be fairly consistent in the ...

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