1 Corinthians 14:33-35 – ‘As in all the churches of the saints, 14:34 the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. 14:35 If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church.’
Various approaches to interpreting this (notorious?!) passage have been proposed:-
A few scholars think that Paul is self-contradictory. …
Jude 7 – ‘So also Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in a way similar to these angels, are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.’
The expression sarkos heteras is, lit., ‘other flesh’. It is variously translated:-
ESV, NET – ‘unnatural desire’
NIV, Good News, – ‘perversion’
NASB – ‘went after strange flesh’
RSV – ‘indulged in unnatural lust’
NRSV – ‘pursued unnatural lust’
AV – ‘going after strange flesh’
John 14:12 – “The person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father.”
What are these ‘deeds’, and in what sense would they be ‘greater’?
Miracles (accompanied by conversions)?
Some think that the ‘deeds’ are miracles, as in Jn 5:17; 10:32. They would be quantitatively ‘greater’ in that they would be multiplied through all Jesus’ followers. (Keener, IVP Bible Background Commentary). …
A hundred thousand casualties…the wall collapsed on twenty-seven thousand of them.
These numbers seem incredibly high. Various explanations have been suggested.
1. Supernatural event. Older commentators tend to understand the numbers literally, and find a supernatural explanation. With regard to the figure of 27,000, Barnes, for example, thinks that a ‘terrific earthquake’ took place. But this is conjecture, and, in any case, still does not explain the large number of victims.
Poole says that such ‘might possibly happen through natural causes; but most probably was effected by the mighty power of God, then sending some sudden earthquake, or violent storm of wind, which threw down the wall, or walls, upon them; or doing this by the ministry of angels; which cannot be incredible to any man, except to him that denies the truth of all the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.’ …
2 Sam 24:1 The LORD’s anger again raged against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go count Israel and Judah.”
1 Chron 21:1 An adversary [NIV: ‘Satan’] opposed Israel, inciting David to count how many warriors Israel had.
Some think that the Chronicler is attempting to ‘improve’ the theology of the earlier source. If we simply conclude that the two accounts are contradictory, as they appear to be, we are missing out on important theological truth. …
137:8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! How blessed will be the one who repays you for what you dished out to us!
137:9 How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock!
This apparent celebration of violence is, for many, impossible to countenance. Derek Flood (Disarming Scripture, p20f) is dismissive of any attempts to justify the text. He cites Grogan as saying, ‘The modern reader … would be much less troubled by the simple statement that it would be good when the evil Babylonian empire came to its divinely predicted end.’ …
The genealogies of Matthew and Luke differ in a number of ways. As Peter J. Williams notes: ‘Matthew’s genealogy runs from Abraham down to Jesus in three groups of 14 generations. Luke’s genealogy goes from Jesus all the way back up to Adam, and indeed God before him. While the two genealogies are similar between Abraham and David, they diverge dramatically between David and the exile, meeting for Shealtiel and Zerubabel, before diverging again and only meeting with Jesus’s legal father, Joseph.…
2 Corinthians 5:21 ‘God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.’
1. Some think that Paul means that Christ was made a sin-offering. This is supported by Paul use elsewhere of sacrificial terminology to bring out the meaning of Christ’s death, Rom 3:25; 1 Cor 5:7; and by the use of the same word in Lev 4:24 and 5:21 (LXX) for ‘sin’ and ‘sin-offering’. …