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Should we permit "G-d" or "G d" in question titles or edit to "God"?

I think that alternate spellings of "God" shouldn't be changed. It should be up to the author to decide how he or she wants to spell words, whether in religious words or in ordinary words that have ...
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Is it considered bad manners to answer a question that has already been accepted?

There is a lot of interest in the meaning of "accepted answers" on Meta.Stackexchange. Generally, the wisdom seems to be that multiplying good answers to questions (even if they have an accepted ...
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I'm sorry, but I must resign as moderator

It is a very sad thing for the community here that you are no longer moderator. This site is particularly difficult to moderate, and you have made a major positive impact since agreeing to help back ...
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Which Bible translations are preferable/reliable for citing?

The short answer is: whichever you want. Most of us agree* that there exists neither a single correct translation nor an absolute hierarchy of good to bad translations, although some may be more ...
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We need to downvote more

At the risk of challenging some well established SOP's, I have found the following: 1) "Who screens these calls, anyway?"(From CarTalk) At the initial input level we are reminding 1st time and new ...
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The false dichotomy between "faith-based" hermeneutics and "let the text speak for itself" hermenuetics

This is an important question, and I think it has been asked before under different guises. is it realistically possible for this site to be "all things to all people" My short answer is that we ...
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Piggybacking - how close is too close? The case of Matthew 28:17

Yes, absolutely. If a proper answer* that strictly but completely addresses the existing question being re-posted under the one you are going to ask would not resolve your question, then it is not a ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

I'd like to thank everyone who voted! And I'd like to thank Susan and Soldarnal for their service as Moderators pro tempore. We've been so fortunate to have a long list of volunteer moderators (in no ...
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"How often is [this phrase/word] in the Bible?" Questions

Theoretically they fit our subject matter, but in practice the questions tend to be full of hot air. Usually they are somebody trying to validate some hunch they have or doctrinal conclusion they have ...
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Is this a Christian hermeneutics forum?

People will vote however they want to vote. We can't ensure anything in that regard. Apart from some particular exceptions like serial voting, there is little that can be done to moderate votes. If ...
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Is this question passable?

Pseudo-neutrality never completely took off as official site guidelines (and despite being the primary proponent of them, I'm actually kind of glad about that after many discussions with folks like ...
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To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison?

I find the question slightly confused -- or at least puzzling! -- but here's my take on it, riffing on fdb's post. I'm not inclined to be quite so restrictive, but it's partly a matter of the fuzzy ...
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The false dichotomy between "faith-based" hermeneutics and "let the text speak for itself" hermenuetics

In addition to Jack's excellent response, I wanted to throw my own two cents in. While I know that some folks insist on a purely neutral, objective perspective free from bias (I saw that comment ...
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Is it possible to ask questions about the grammar, vocabulary, or translation of Biblical texts?

To use a metaphor, I would distinguish between questions about grammar, vocabulary, translation in the air— that is, questions which do not relate to a biblical passage– and questions ...
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What place does Numerology have on this site?

Numerology itself is neither sacred nor taboo here. It all comes down the fundamental requirement of the site: that you show your work. It seems likely that the ancient writers were familiar with ...
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Are questions about hermeneutical approaches still on topic?

As far as I'm concerned, yes these always have been and still should be on topic. I've been kind of frustrated when I've run across similar things where some of our community can't seem to separate ...
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"How often is [this phrase/word] in the Bible?" Questions

These should be closed as off topic These are merely another type of "searching for a text" question (or 'no text specified'), except they don't necessarily need the specific textual occurrences to ...
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Should we positively discriminate in favour of all non-Protestant perspectives on BH?

No, we should not positively discriminate in favour of all non-Protestant perspectives Our site aim to welcome Jewish, Christian, Atheist and other viewpoints as long as they take seriously the ...
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Are questions about the intended audience of a biblical text on topic?

Yes, I think these questions should be on-topic and perhaps tagged as either audience or destination. We've generally allowed these kind of introductory matters such as provenance, authorship, dating,...
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What would be the best way to present ancient Jewish sources

The primary thing is that a source can be verified and consulted if others wish to do so. There are many conventions used for citing sources, but the common elements included are: title of work page ...
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Is this question passable?

I have already added an answer on "main", and UV'ed here. The question is a (better than) good one. Perhaps there was a slightly better way of framing the question, although OP's tweak from "actually" ...
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Can I edit my own answer in a way that changes its meaning?

I would recommend posting a second answer (which is allowed) if the thought has significantly changed. Then going in and editing at the top of the old answer a notice that your thought has ...
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Are questions on the pseudepigrapha on-topic?

In the spirit of how SE communities are defined and the answers to the previous related questions, I feel pseudepigraphic/apocryphal works should be considered on topic. Experts in these texts are ...
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What should we do with questions about tools used in Biblical scholarship?

In my understanding, Meta is for discussion of Hermeneutics.SE site policy. None of these questions is about the site. They are indeed “meta-” in a way, but they are meta-hermeneutics rather than meta-...
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Which standard for transliterating/transcribing Hebrew should we use, if any?

I'm not sure uniformity is a practical or important goal. We have plenty of problems with the quality of questions and answers around here, and there are plenty of areas where we need to push both new ...
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Verse level search capability?

I doubt SE will ever implement something like this as in has so little impact on their bottom line, but this actually wouldn't be hard to implement ourselves. Man handle a copy of the data dump onto ...
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Verse level search capability?

I started an open source project on Github as a place to house a community driven implementation of this. Anyone with ideas is invited to submit them as issues or discuss existing ones. Anyone with ...
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What is the point of answering questions here if some self appointed expert just deletes whatever they do not understand?

You have one post that was deleted by a moderator. It was not deleted because it wasn't understood, it was deleted because it didn't meet the basic requirements imposed on all answers on this site. ...
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What is the Anatomy of a Good BH.SE Answer?

Keep on Topic The BH.SE site does not exist to prescribe how readers should live their lives in light of the text (though if the text contains a prescription of how to live, that may be noted as part ...
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Why did my answer receive three downvotes in less than half an hour after it was posted?

I can only speculate I have not as of writing this voted on the question or the answer you gave. However, I do believe I can answer some points as to "why" you are getting down voted. First, the ...
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