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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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Is textual-discrepancies the right name for that tag?

A question was added today involving the differences between various manuscript traditions of Deuteronomy - MT, LXX, DSS, etc... - and was tagged textual-discrepanices. I've since changed it to ...
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Self-Answering Posts

It seems like an exercise in self-aggrandizement for someone to answer a question that they've asked. Certainly if a question is old and stale and not generating any sort of conversation, and the ...
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Can vote to close have the option of migrating to Christianity.SE?

This question seems more appropriate for Christianity.SE than Biblical Hermeneutics. This site is likely to continue to get questions that are more appropriate there. Can the vote to close be ...
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How should we deal with “novice” questions during the beta?

As mentioned in various places including another meta question, it is very important during the site's beta (especially the private beta) to focus on questions that are expert-level, specific, and ...
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Welcoming Jewish, Christian, Atheist and other viewpoints in questions

How do we ensure that we accomplish our stated purpose of welcoming Jewish, Christian, Atheist and other viewpoints in questions? Does this mean that every question should welcome any perspective (...
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Why are we fragmenting between 'tanakh' and 'old testament'?

I see no difference between tanakh and old-testament, except that the referrer is Christian or Jewish. It seems to be just a wordplay, like calling God, Yeshua instead of God or Lord. Do we really ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 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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Defining site tag use and refinement: History tag

Summary of the Issue This is the first of three meta questions on site tags (history, context, authorship) so that each tag can have its own relevant discussion/answers, allowing for upvoting on ...
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How do we define our terms for interpretive frameworks?

This comes from the question, Is there a scriptural warrant for the literal-historical approach? The question links to the Wikipedia page on Biblical literalism, which states: Biblical literalists ...
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Can we remove the preferential sorting of accepted answers?

On Stack Overflow, the "accepted" answer shows that the loop has been closed and the question has been answered to the satisfaction of the asker. That's true here too. But there's a big difference ...
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'Good Fit' vs. 'Bad Fit' Hermeneutics

I've previously pointed out that the overwhelming majority of Biblical Studies scholars are empiricist in method. Concerning epistemology, Biblical Studies emphasizes evidence, especially as ...
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What should we look for in answers about prophecy?

In the past, we have defined what we look for in good answers — for example, answers need to show their work and follow site distinctives. Recently some discussion on whether questions about ...
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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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What do you hate about this site?

As a follow up of What do you love about this site?, I thought it would be helpful to have a meta question where we could keep track of what we would desperately like to see improved on Hermeneutics....
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Should we rename the hermeneutical-approaches tag?

I don't much like the hermeneutical-approaches tag. For one thing, it's too long. I would like to change it to hermeneutics. But that could be confusing since a naive user might wonder why all ...
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What level of downvotes would constitue serial downvoting?

After I had asked this question, Why aren't downvotes removed when the reason for giving them no longer exists?, I received a message saying that serial downvoting had been removed - today! This drew ...
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Can the Quran be used to explain Biblical verses?

I have seen here the NT being used to explain or elaborate the OT verses , its fair seeming to allow users to use the Quran which Muslims consider the FT (Final Testament) to explain and elaborate ...
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Is the word “heresy” an offensive word?

It seems from this question, its comments, answers, and chat, that the word "heresy" and any of its derivatives can be seen as offensive. We are a non-doctrinal site and so there's no such thing as ...
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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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Should we permit “G-d” or “G d” in question titles or edit to “God”?

Some users of the site have religious reasons for not spelling out 'God', for example in the original version of this question: The title of a question has higher visibility than the body, so it ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Is simply quoting from a commentary considered a good answer?

Questions concerns this thread: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/23338/862 I commented to the person answering: Commentaries are certainly recommended, but not to form an entire answer. ...
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What are our best, general-audience questions?

I've learned that we can submit questions to be published on the StackExchange Google Plus and Facebook feeds. One of my suggestions was recently used. As of today, that question now sits at the top ...
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Does this question read like rant in disguise and what should we do with it?

The question in question is Why does the Bible call for child sacrifice?. (See the OP's original version here). It's been downvoted (I recently reversed my upvote after reflection, following a flag ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Let's find some contradictions!

It's been a long time since I proposed a weekly challenge: I think a lot of people are interested in how to resolve apparent textual discrepancies or contradictions. In fact, several people have ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Please do not ask cookie-cutter questions

This is not a good idea: While I would like to get authorship questions for many of our texts, I believe they should: Arise organically, and Contain research about the current state of scholarship ...
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Let's ask about Astronomy

This summer the planet Venus will pass between the sun and the earth (a twice in a lifetime event). Meanwhile, the Bible, as an Ancient Near East text, is filled with astronomical references. So for ...
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Copyright and Attribution

I recently posted a question including quotations from the bible. I didn't give it much thought at the time but later remembered that many versions of the bible, including the ESV I used, are ...
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Let's have a second opinion!

It's been a while since I issued a challenge and now that hats are over, it's about time for something new. In the past, I've focused on generating new questions, but this time I'd like to focus on ...
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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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How should dates be expressed?

In the interest of being considerate of users who come from a variety of religious (or non-religious) backgrounds, is it right to use BC and AD to express dates or should we use BCE and CE instead? Or ...
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What should our tag wikis say, and does anybody want to help write them?

Looking at the first page of our tags, I see that there are a lot of unexplained tags. That's probably ok for some, such as jesus, but for others (sensus-plenior and history, for instance) that's not ...
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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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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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Should most questions be tagged with the book they are asking about?

For example should What is the Hermeneutical significance of the lack of direct mention of God in Esther? be tagged esther rather than (or in addition to) old-testament
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Are Inductive Bible study answers welcome on this site?

I have been drawn to this site because of the academic knowledge represented here. This site is not afraid to handle difficult questions that often get glossed over or tossed aside unanswered in the ...
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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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