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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Current situation for hermeneutics.SE (Nov 2013)

I really love this site. I check it out daily and tries to be a good citizen by contributing from time to time. My time however is limited. I know that there are some disagreements among those of ...
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Exactly what types of questions is the Biblical Hermeneutics site intended to answer?

The challenge I have with this site so far is that it's hard to understand what pertains to "hermeneutics" here. From Wikipedia we have the following definitions: From Hermeneutics: Traditional ...
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A look at BH.SE's moderation team

Let me first say that I have no specific complaints with any of the moderators, and this is not in any way a criticism of any particular user. However, I believe we have a problem on BH.SE, and here ...
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Are source-critical questions on topic?

I ran across this question, and it didn't really seem to sit with the rest of the questions. To me, this functions as a distraction from this site's real work of how we deal with the text itself. ...
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Should we add a “methodology” tag and refine the “hermeneutical-approaches” tag?

There has been discussion about changing the hermeneutical-approaches tag here and some weakness of the tag name noted here (also some confusion on what exactly "hermeneutical approaches" means as an ...
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What we really mean when we talk about doctrine in questions

Richard expressed a guideline for questions as follows: Questions are on topic if they are focused on the text, rather than things to which the text may apply.... Questions that seem to be seeking ...
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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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Challenge ideas

Well, I certainly enjoy issuing challenges and trying to ask questions to answer that call, but so far participation has been somewhat limited. Part of the reason might be that I'm coming up with the ...
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How ought we to balance diversity?

This is a mobile: Most of us are familiar with them in the context of children's nurseries. But the inspiration came from Alexander Calder, a kinetic artist: Steel Fish http://www.nga.gov/...
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Tagging exegetical questions

There are a number of tags out there related to exegesis: 'exegesis', 'meaning', 'understanding', 'interpretation'. It's not clear to me from the names how these tags differ. It seems likely that 1/3 ...
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Why are questions closed on this site?

Questions are often closed on this site and I frequently see users confused as to why their (or someone else's) question was closed and users who debate the reason for closure - and often times they ...
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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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Assumptions in Questions: 'Showing Your Work' Revisited

What assumptions can be brought to a text? When does work need to be shown when it comes to assumptions inherent in various hermeneutical approaches? I am primarily asking about questions. Feel free ...
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Does truth have any place on BH? If so, what is its place and how might it be worded so as not to offend unnecessarily?

I, for one, do not have a corner on the truth. (Does anyone?) From my perspective, however, truth would seem to be the payoff for a thoroughgoing hermeneutic. If as interpreters we do our job well, we ...
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Gender roles on this site

This meta question is in response to this recent answer. Firstly, I agree with Lance's answer which is good and deserves the upvotes it got. However, at the end, Lance applies his analysis to a modern ...
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What formatting recommendations do you have for posts?

Bob Jones has noted that I edit a lot of posts and has asked me to post my style guide so I can be saved some work. Now, I don't mind editing, but that seems like a reasonable idea. I'm not the only ...
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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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Any online Greek/Hebrew resources we can quote from?

For questions involving the original languages, it would be helpful to be able to link to Bible passages in Greek or Hebrew. There are plenty of online Bibles in modern languages, but much fewer, it ...
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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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What do “Accepted” answers mean given a pluralility of interpretations?

This question is somewhat in relation to What does "x" mean in y:z. If what I have written here is correct, and if the question should arise "What did Paul mean by 'the Israel of God' in Galatians 6:...
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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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Clarification on Questions About the Original Languages Without Seeking to Understand a Specific Text

I've previously asked Are questions about the languages themselves (without referencing a specific text) on topic?, but since asking it the list has been updated by me and other users with more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does “x” mean in y:z

It seems to be a popular question format to ask about the meaning of a word ("x") in a verse ("y:z"). There was one question whose originally accepted answer (now deleted) struck me the wrong way. It ...
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Blacklist exegesis tag?

It has been suggested in previous posts regarding the exegesis tag that we blacklist the tag. The subject came up again in chat. Reasoning It seems that a large majority of our questions are exegetic ...
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What should we do with quote-only answers?

Previously this meta has addressed the issue of unattributed sources as answers. This answer, however, is a bit of a different issue. What I see going on here is that the user's entire answer is a ...
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Please can we have a custom close reason “…doesn't start from the text…”?

I don't know the stats but I think all our current close reasons are used regularly, so we don't want to change them. However there has also been significant support for having a close reason that ...
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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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Nominations for pro-tem moderators

As per this SE blog, this post is for nominations for pro-tem moderators for this site. Each nomination should be a separate answer with the name of the nominee (which should be a link to the user’s ...
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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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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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What do we want our FAQ to say

We have been in beta for over 50 days now and so far our FAQ has simply said: This is a free, community driven Q&A for professors, theologians, and those interested in exegetical analysis of ...
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Should I answer off-topic questions?

I have been told at one point that I should not answer a question that is obviously off topic and will be imminently closed or deleted, but it has not yet recorded enough votes. However, this ...
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Does this site's URL need to be changed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What should our URL be? What should our title be? I've heard, from those listening to today's Stack Exchange Podcast, there was some discussion about the URL (and possibly ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 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 we remove the blacklist on the Hermeneutics tag?

Currently, the hermeneutics tag is blacklisted. This was done as a matter of course based on the fact that this is "Biblical Hermeneutics" and this is "hermeneutics.stackexchange.com". It's a ...
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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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Is postmodern relativism the worldview of this site?

Dan O'Day says that the worldview of this site is postmodern relativism. Is it? Should it be?
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Should all questions of interpretation include specific texts?

Just now, I asked an extremely general question. When I first began formulating it, I had two specific texts in mind (the two times I remember Jesus using Aramaic in Mark). But as I researched the ...

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