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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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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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I'm sorry, but I must resign as moderator

To make a long story short, Stack Exchange is rolling out a new Code of Conduct and enforcing it on moderators in a way that would require action of me that goes against my conscience and, in my view, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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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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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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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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Font Choice and Hebrew Rendering

When this site finally makes it out of beta and gets its own design, I'd like to request that the font be serif rather than sans-serif (or at least when rendering Hebrew). Compare these screenshots of ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Are questions about historic interpretations on-topic?

Are questions about historic interpretations or how specific people from history applied the field of hermeneutics to their work on topic? I have tested the waters a little here: How consistent were ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each 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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Is the recent Stack Overflow initiative worth considering for BH?

The recent initiative at Stack Overflow highlights that community's concern over their own conduct towards new users. They admit that their environment has developed (over time) a hostile and elitist ...
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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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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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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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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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This site and Judaism.SE

Judaism.SE (which is my usual stomping grounds) has quite a few hermeneutics[1] questions (only of Tanakh, naturally, not the Christian Bible). They are definitely considered on-topic there. Examples:[...
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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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New answers to old questions receiving little attention?

It is a pity that the new answers to old questions page is only visible to moderators. It is easy to ignore the third or fourth answer on an old question. However, there is potential for extremely ...
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On the value of VTDs

Here on Biblical Hermeneutics, we love flags. We get excited when we see your flags. We want more of them. This is just an itty bitty tiny gripe pertaining to flags on answers, primarily those raised ...
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Verse level search capability?

Assuming the BH.SE site ever gets out of BETA, is there any chance that part of the customization of the site could include a specialized "search" feature, so that one can do verse level searching? ...
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Should we avoid the situation where one or more of the moderators are also moderators of C.SE

Pro-tem mods will be appointed soon, and among the potential candidates are some of the current moderators of C.SE. Should we mind either way if we have one (or more than one) moderators in common?
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When should moderators use post notices?

One of the few things a ♦ moderator can do that regular users can't is add post notices to questions and answers. For reference, the current set of notifications are: citation needed This ...
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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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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 unofficial welcome message unique to hermeneutics.stackexchange.com

As a regular user of technical sites like Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu and more, I have a feel for how the various SE sites work. I notice the hermeneutics.stackexchange.com site is still in Beta so ...
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A roadmap to Biblical Studies

Recently, Soldarnal suggested a name for our site that I quite like: Biblical Studies. It seems that Stack Exchange would be willing to entertain a name change, if we think it's a pressing issue. ...
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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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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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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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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Biblical Hermeneutics’s first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They’ll be taking over as the new crew here shortly—please thank ...
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The false dichotomy between “faith-based” hermeneutics and “let the text speak for itself” hermenuetics

This "gripe" is not unfamiliar to contributors to biblical hermeneutics beta, and frankly it is probably as old as the hills. Ages ago when I was taking undergraduate courses in theology, I ...
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How to make ourselves known to “real” experts

While we already have plenty of people interested in the topic and good at doing research (overflow from other SE sites), it seems like this site won't succeed without "real" experts: professors, ...

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