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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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Criticism of Second Esdras' First Two Chapters

It's On-Topic as far as I'm concerned. In the Site Tour we link to What Texts are Open for Examination?. The community consensus is currently as follows: "You build a site for a group of experts....
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What about questions about historical linguistics when focused on meaning in biblical languages?

It's a reasonable question, but my own sense is that "historical linguistics" ("HL" in what follows) questions are not a good fit for BH.SE. The examples provided would only very tangentially -- if ...
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Are history of interpretation questions on-topic?

My own sense is, Yes -- "history of intperpretation" questions are "on-topic" for Hermeneutics.SE. I have some caveats (noted later), but here's my rationale. The BH.SE community is already ...
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Can we reformulate the "Specific Bible passage" close reason?

I agree the close reason is sometimes miss-used, and would be incorrect applied to that question, but that doesn't mean it's actually an invalid close reason. Questions "about Biblical topics" is ...
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Can someone please add a description to the "Biblical Theology" tag?

I suggested this wiki excerpt before, but it was rejected for reasons I don't really understand: Biblical Theology is an approach to theology which emphasises the progressive nature of Biblical ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

Well, there are two principles to remember: Questions are considered on their own merits. A good answer can't make an off-topic question into an on-topic question. If someone thinks the question is ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

Do both texts describe the same event ? . . . is an hermeneutic enquiry. I do not see how it can be anything else, nor has anyone (yet) attempted to show that it is not. There are two possible ...
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Close Reason : Appeals to Modernistic Doctrine

I don't see any need for this. First of all, "appeals to doctrine" is a more common problem for answers than it is for questions. Close reasons apply to questions, they are not for handling answers. ...
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Can we reformulate the "Specific Bible passage" close reason?

Questions about hermeneutical approaches are unambiguously allowed by the help center even when not based on biblical passages. Questions that do not arise from a Biblical text are off-topic unless ...
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What precisely is "Biblical Hermeneutics?"

The subject of this site is the discipline of Biblical Studies. This is broader than just pure hermeneutics (often equated with exegesis, though sometimes subtly distinguished from it), and includes, ...
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How is my question about a hermeneutical approach off-topic?

I cannot answer for those that voted to close it, since I was not one. Some things I see that probably need correcting: I agree with you, the question retitling was poorly done by Ruminator, as the ...
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Is Interpretation of Prophecy on Topic?

These questions are typically an even worse match for Christianity.SE than they are here. At least here the stand a fighting chance of getting answers that approach them in context. And we already ...
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Is this question about bias off-topic?

At first bluff I didn't see any reason at all for this to be "off topic". Having reviewed Mark's reasoning I have to admit there is some sound logic there. However I think still have to defend my ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

This question was a journey for me, as no matter what it's definitely close to the boundaries of scope for the site. It doesn't get much more 'meta' than this, when we're debating the authorial intent ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

While it is true that epistles often, and even primarily, expound ideas or the practical application of ideas it is not universally binding that this be so. For instance, in Galatians 1:17 Paul ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

Just in case I am accused of doing the very thing I object to (abuse of the comments boxes), I have formed my comments into an answer. The question itself is legitimate and there should be freedom for ...
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May I ask a question, about Euclid's use of Greek prepositions, on the main site?

No, but the Latin site does take questions on Ancient Greek: "We also allow questions about Greek up to the end of classical antiquity, including New Testament Greek. Similarly, questions about ...
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I wasn't able to find in the on-topic page what exactly this site is about in terms of what are the rules in answering questions

thanks for this question, it's a great observation that does express a challenge many new users find when getting acquainted with the site. Essentially, the key you're looking for is wrapped in the ...
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Two questions using [tools-of-biblical-studies] being voted to be closed

The way I see it is that questions about the tools used to study the text are ontopic under tools-of-biblical-studies. Traditionally that would include things like concordances and critical texts. ...
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Why was my question about Source Criticism and the Doctrine of Atonement deleted?

Thanks for asking here. There ought to be a way to fix this up for one site or the other, but you might have to narrow the question down to the bit that is on topic for the respective site(s). In any ...
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Close reason "site scope" vs "texts open for examination" (meta)

As I check this question, it appears to be open and not on hold. This question seems to be asking about the interpretation of Genesis 4:25, but then also asks about a pseudepigraphal text. It is ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

While it is true that epistles often, and even primarily, expound ideas or the practical application of ideas it is not universally binding that this be so. For instance, in Galatians 1:17 Paul ...
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Why is the Trinity tag required? Are there other required tags we should be aware of?

At the request of moderator Steve Taylor for me to advocate for a position as a separate post, I'm offering an answer to my own question. In review, the description for the Trinity tag at the time I ...
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This looks like a well-masked theological question

This is a good question to remind us the purpose of BH.SE vs. C.SE. I agree with both curiousdannii's 2 principles about Q's own merit, and Steve Taylor's flexibility for the legitimate use of the ...
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Are questions about hermeneutical approaches still on topic?

I was about to write a similar question until this one showed up as similar / suggested. When looking to learn more about Exegis and Hermeneutics stumbled across this question. While it was valuable, ...
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Is this question about bias off-topic?

I think the topic is definitely on-topic. That doesn't necessarily mean that the question is appropriate here. In addition to being on-topic, we require questions to be clear appropriately sized (...
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Is Interpretation of Prophecy on Topic?

Yes, these questions are most definitely on topic. The first reason for this is because many prophecies have already been fulfilled. For example, Isaiah prophesied about King Ahaz, Cyrus the Great, ...
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Is it true that Systematic Theology is not welcome on this site

The answer is different for questions and answers. For questions, it is important that the question being asked is primarily a text-based exegetical question. We get lots of questions asking us how to ...
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