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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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Should we reword the “off-topic” close reasons to reflect more the intent of the site in the wording

Caleb's finding of this meta post on Code Review, and his analysis that "this makes sense" also makes sense to me. So even though we just finished a round of changing the "off-topic" close reasons, ...
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A specific example of the doctrine question

Consider How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?. The OP asked, as I see it, specifically for a cultural, anthropological, or, perhaps, literary reading. ...
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What should we do with the new Community Bulletin?

So we now have a new Community Bulletin, which currently lists any featured and "hot" meta-posts. However, if we wanted to, we could ask our moderators to set up "events" to publicize. For instance,...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Biblical Hermeneutics is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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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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How did you find our site?

I'm so excited to find out that people have discovered our site via our existing questions addressing their actual problems! That's what our site is all about. Even better, people who get good ...
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When is a question deemed to be based on systematic theology?

I recently posted this question How does the reader of Isaiah and Daniel reconcile these end-time prophecies? and it was put on hold because "Questions regarding systematic theology are off-topic. ...
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What is 'not an answer'?

This is one of the options we have for flagging answers: But, what is 'not an answer'? What qualifies as an 'attempt to answer the question'. Is "not true" an answer (leaving aside questions about ...
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How can I help keep BH going?

There was a time when I thought we might have to end BH. Indeed, that nearly happened. But I don't want it to end as I think it could be a really valuable resource. My question is - what can I do to ...
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What does “Excellent Answers” mean?

"There are a large number of "Excellent" votes on questions here that have nothing but sucky answers." Good Point!- illustrated by Caleb. On a recent Site Evaluation there appears a 'disconnect' ...
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Are Hebrew language questions on-topic?

I am aware that there is no Hebrew.SE site. The Hebrew language is of course, however, intimately tied in with Biblical Hermeneutics. It seems then, that a question about the Hebrew language ought to ...
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Let's remember Peace

Last week, I proposed a challenge to ask more tanakh questions. And I thought I'd make another challenge this week. Friday, November 11 at 11am marks the 93rd anniversary of the Armistice between ...
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At what point does interpretation cross the line into doctrine?

I know I have asked this question before, but that was on a general level. Now, since I couldn't get a good answer there, I'm forced to ask on a specific instance. Why isn't there a taxonomic ...
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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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What to do about copied/unattributed quotes as answers?

A question from Jan 2012 about the placement of a comma in Luke 23:43 attracted this answer: The understanding of Luke 23:43 is influenced by the punctuation used by the translator. There was no ...
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Tag synonyms for exegesis

I see we have tags for exegesis, interpretation, and meaning. It seems that one would suffice--I suggest exegesis as it is the least ambiguous.
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What should we call our chat room?

Did you know that we have a chat room? Did you know that we can name it whatever we want? What name would make sense for the Biblical Hermeneutics chat room? Many of the rooms are named after a ...
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How long will BH still be in “beta”?

What are the criteria for BH to migrate from "beta" to whatever the next state is called? It seems like both Christianity SE and BH have been around since 2011, but Christianity is no longer in ...
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How to use BDAG

I came across an article explaining how to use the lexicon BDAG. There is a lot to BDAG that isn't necessarily intuitive and to use it effectively requires some instruction and experience. (If this is ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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How can the biblical topics close reason be improved/clarified?

In the Biblical Hermeneutics SE one of the VTC reasons has the following text Questions about biblical topics but without a specific Bible passage are off-topic as hermeneutical methods cannot be ...
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Let's contemplate silence

This week's challenge was suggested by Soldarnal: Silence I could try to be clever and tie this theme to some part of the calendar, but mostly I thought of it because Psalm 131 came up in my reading ...
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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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What action should we take with answers that don't show enough work, but are useful and upvoted?

We want answers to show their work, and of course we want answers to be useful. We've now got a fairly clear idea of what our standards are and what we should do with answers that fail on both counts. ...
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What should I ask?

Some days (like today) I log into Biblical Hermeneutics and see not much going on. So I think, "What question should I ask?" Asking good questions on demand turns out to be very difficult, if not ...
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To what extent are “Christian doctrine” questions off topic? [duplicate]

The FAQ says: Questions that do not arise from a Biblical text are generally off-topic, even if they are about ... Christian doctrine ... Just to clarify - are questions about Christian doctrine ...
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What should be done with “point-of-view” portions of answers?

In thinking about points #2 and #3 of the meta-question about gender roles, I'm interested in getting some opinions on how we should handle pure-opinion sections of answers. In order to (I hope) ...
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How to deal with fringe positions?

One difficult question concerning this site is how to deal with fringe positions which are wildly out of keeping with the evidence. Many such positions are firmly held by users and possible users of ...
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Results of the February 2013 community evaluation

As you might know, we had a community evaluation review last week. The votes have been tabulated and below are the sample questions organized by score (Excellent - Needs Improvement): Why is the ...
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Why in the world did someone make a 'book-of-hebrews' tag?

This goes against the whole book naming paradigm, each book should get its own tag, which is the name of the book. I guess this will be a tag-synonym request.
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 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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Marking answers down

I am concerned that answers given can be marked down without users having to give any reason for why they have done so. This seems counter productive. If one of my answers is marked down I want to ...
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How is this an “exact duplicate”?

A question appeared today, Adam and Eve: Significance of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? It was marked by 5 users as an "exact duplicate" of the question Could the “tree of knowledge of ...
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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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How are we to deal with non-mainstream positions with regards to methods and linguistics?

I have been active for a while here now, and it is a growing concern of mine that this site is not always capable of highlighting quality answers through vote counts. In other words, I'm worried that ...
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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 is really great about Hermeneutics.SE. So: What do you love about this site? Go ahead and list each item as a ...
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What does it mean if the appearance of an answer is dim compared to others?

What information is being conveyed about an answer by doing this?
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Can we ask whether Hades is literal or figurative?

This question is seeking to apply the Biblical text and is therefore off topic. This recently came up regarding the edits made to a question. The primary issue to me is applying the text to ask ...
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Dead Sea Scrolls to purchase for home reading

I have been reading up quite a bit the last couple days on the reliability and difference between the Septuagint (LXX) and the Masoretic Text (MT), and have found so much interesting information that ...
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Please create a “hermeneutics” tag

I realize that having a "hermeneutics" tag may seem overly generic to some... they might think "well surely we don't want an exegesis tag linked to every exegesis question, so why would we want a ...
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What means it in the interest of science?

In the interests of science, can we get a couple non-mods to try an experiment? On meta, somebody ask a test question, somebody else answer, we DV the answer, asker accepts, and we get three high-rep ...
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Who is responsible for the anonymous yellow box messages?

Why is this message: Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced ...
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Biblehub.com versus Bible.cc - are both links legit?

This is tangential to this site but I'm hoping I can get an answer here because Biblehub has no support. After using Biblehub.com for a while I get another link, bible.cc that when I click it it opens ...
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Is there disconnect between what you say and what you do when moderating?

Posting this here, I also posted this as an answer to a question linked below, so people could see the screenshots. My point in posting here is to ask this question: Do the people who moderate this ...
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I don't like the title Biblical Hermeneutics

It is not clear to me but this site welcomes Judaism too right? I 2nd the notion that the title Biblical Hermeneutics sounds like Xtian Hermeneutics. To me, Bible = Xtianity I think Judaism call it ...
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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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Should the users form a charter of hermeneutical protections to ensure a neutral foundation of free thought for this site?

Something has not felt right to me about various comments I have seen regarding the need to stay exclusively within a text for it to be a valid hermeneutic 'for this site'. Actually that's nonsense. I ...
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What is the point of answering questions here if some self appointed expert just deletes whatever they do not understand?

What is your problem ? Why do you post questions and then just delete answers you do not agree with or understand. What a huge waste of time
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Why aren't downvotes removed when the reason for giving them no longer exists?

To @Dan specifically, because his comments are being presented here, but generally, to all who behave in like manner. Here are Dan's comments attached to my answer concerning Interpretations of Elihu ...

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