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I wasn't able to find in the on-topic page what exactly this site is about in terms of what are the rules in answering questions

I wasn't able to find in the on-topic page what exactly are like the...rules or paradigms or not sure of term for the site. Hopefully you'll know what I mean by the end of this post. The thing is......
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What does it mean for a Question to "Arise from a Biblical text"?

Arising from a Biblical Text - 2011 to 2020 In the 'On Topic' article, we point users to this 9 year old Meta Question to clarify the idea of Questions needing to 'arise from' the text. Now, whilst ...
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Criticism of Second Esdras' First Two Chapters

Among the apocrypha of the Latin Vulgate, there is a certain book, called Second Esdras, which is found neither in the Masoretic Text, nor in the Greek Septuagint. Its first two and last two chapters ...
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Two questions using [tools-of-biblical-studies] being voted to be closed

Some time ago, I made a question about the usage of Gesenius's Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon using the tag [tools-of-biblical-studies]. According to the tag definition For requests for resources that ...
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Can someone please add a description to the "Biblical Theology" tag?

Without a description I think the biblical-theology tag will be overused. I'm not even sure it is relevant to this site. Update Personally, I think it is a meaningless term and the tag should be ...
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Are questions about hermeneutical approaches still on topic?

Reviewing recent questions tagged hermeneutical-approaches, I couldn't help but notice that quite a few of them have been marked "on-hold." Some are closed as "primarily opinion-based" while others ...
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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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Hermeneutic tools [duplicate]

Recently two questions about other tools were asked on Hermeneutics Meta (this site): one on biblehub.com and one on BDAG. A question on the main site about searching in the Vulgate currently has two ...
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Feedback request: Is this question off topic?

If not, can it be brought on topic? Who planted the assembly in Rome to whom Paul wrote "Romans"?
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How is my question about a hermeneutical approach off-topic?

I would like to understand why my question about chronology was considered off-topic. The close reason given is: "Questions including a biblical text but that are not seeking an answer about ① ...
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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 history of interpretation questions on-topic?

Two recent questions were voted to close by the same user for not being "a hermeneutical question" and belonging on Mi Yodeya or Christianity.SE, respectively: How do Jews interpret Daniel 7:13–14? ...
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Close reason "site scope" vs "texts open for examination" (meta)

The post In Gen. 4, Seth is “appointed” as another seed “instead of Abel.” What is the ancient interpretation of this appointment? was quickly put on hold with the reason: "Questions about biblical ...
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What about questions about historical linguistics when focused on meaning in biblical languages?

Historical linguistics can help understand the languages of the bible and are therefore relevant to this site even when they do not discuss a specific text. Because that seems to be the main criteria ...
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Is this question about bias off-topic?

Regarding: Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture? I voted to close as off-topic. Caleb kindly disagreed and invited a discussion here.
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Is Interpretation of Prophecy on Topic?

What is the hermeneutic approach to interpreting prophecy, if it has not already been interpreted by a prophet? NASB, 2 Peter 1:20 - But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a ...
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Close Reason : Appeals to Modernistic Doctrine

Is there a close reason, for: "Appeals to Modernistic Doctrine"? Specifically, when a question is requesting a particular doctrinal explanation, or exegesis, of a passage that conforms to a ...
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Which canon is on topic for this site? [duplicate]

This site is called Biblical hermeneutics and is all about interpreting the text of scripture. This leads me to wonder, "which bible?" Are questions about the deuterocanonicals allowed? Can I ask ...
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Why was my question about Source Criticism and the Doctrine of Atonement deleted?

My question "Do source-criticism scholars think the doctrine of Atonement originated after the Crucifixion?" was just deleted, with the reason given that "When a doctrine in a particular form ...
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Topicality of a Textual Question related to a Group with a Specific Doctrinal Commitment

This is a question about the topicality of this question on BH.SE: Do any scholars argue a textual theory where the NT text was edited to make the autographa? Which, as of this writing, is "on hold" ...
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Is it ok to ask since when a particular teaching/doctrine was known?

I'd like to ask the question since when the doctrine of the rapture was known (or rediscovered). But I feel that this is not technically a hermeneutic question. So, is it possible to ask this question ...
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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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Are questions on the pseudepigrapha on-topic?

Are questions about pseudepigraphic works, such as Jubilees, on topic here?
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Could we revise the help center explanation of what’s on topic?

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 ...
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Help asking about the spirit and the body (on topic?)

Is this question on topic? If so, what are some appropriate tags? The phrasing of this question on Christianity.SE has me thinking. According to the Bible, is man spirit and flesh, or does man have a ...
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Questions asking for bible reference/Bible translation

Before I ask, I just want to confirm if these are on topic here: Questions asking for references Questions on a biblical character's idea on something Questions on translations/original text in Greek ...
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Questions about the field of textual criticism without reference to a particular text

I just asked this question: Textual criticism of the Hebrew bible and the rule of the ‘lectio difficilior' I imagine it should be on topic because I have a sense that local expertise is ...
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What does it mean for a question to "start from the text"?

A proposed close reason states that for an exegetical question to be on-topic, it needs to "start from the text." I am wondering if we can bring more clarity as to what this phrase means. What are ...
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Reopen question about Jesus Sayings in Mark and Q

I’ve been asked to post here my request to reopen the question about scholarly consensus on the relative reliability of Jesus sayings in Mark and Q. It’s evident from the comments under the question ...
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Questions about actual or perceived contradictions in the biblical texts

I'd like to get some clarification/insight from the community concerning posts asking perceived or actual contradictions in the biblical texts. I think it is helpful to divide this into a few ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is the 'no specific reference' close reason for reals?

Consider this migration. If this is an acceptable question we need to get rid of that close reason.
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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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Are questions about Bible software commonly used by experts in this field on topic?

For instance, what if someone were curious how to perform a complicated search in Logos, Accordance, or BibleWorks? I genuinely am torn on this issue, because I don't want to see product reviews or ...
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What about Gnostic texts?

Are they considered on topic? They are not primary texts as they do not appear in any Judeo-Christian canon. However, we also allow the direct examination of secondary texts. Should Gnostic texts be ...
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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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Questions about canonicity

Someone brought up a question that had been closed as being off topic (correctly, in my judgment) that had the canonicity tag. The canonicity tag wiki says: The study of how a text came to be ...
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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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What should our custom off-topic reasons be?

Recently Stack Exchange rolled out a massive change to the way questions are closed. With those changes, we now have the opportunity to define more closely why a question is off topic. The Community ...
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Do we have a jargon problem?

I feel like part of the controversies we have stem from basic misunderstandings in what words mean and how they should be interpreted. A major strength of the Stack Exchange system is that it allows ...
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How should we handle historicism?

If there's one thing that drives me nuts about my fellow Christians, it's how we sometimes are so certain that some prophecy is associated with some historical event. It reminds me of the Midianite ...
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Should we have an event similar to "Purim Torah"?

Mi Yodeya has a policy of allowing silly parody questions for a limited period of time in keeping with a Jewish tradition of foolishness on the feast of Purim. This year, we got an example question: ...
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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 ...