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Sue
12:13 AM
Hi! Please excuse the intrusion into a room where I'm not known. I'm a Christian and I visit often so I can learn, but I don't know the Bible well enough to give back! I stopped by because I came across this hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/17230/…... and found the kindest treatment of a new user than I've seen on many sites! Both commentors were sweet and gentle. Truly godly! Thanks and God Bless!
 
 
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11:56 AM
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on Meta (where there are many Q&As about texts and resources for biblical interpretation), not on Main. — Davïd 20 mins ago
> Meta Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange….
I concede your point that there are a lot (at least several) of them on meta already. And I get how this is meta-y. But it’s not meta-BH.SE. It’s meta-hermeneutics. IMO we should figure out a tag for these sorts of “tools of the trade” questions and get them all over to main. (Were the DSS ever in Paleo Hebrew, by the way? I thought that was older.) @Davïd
 
12:19 PM
I've had a long standing objection to field specific resource questions being handled on meta (which should be for SE related issues) in the first place, but I don't have time to fight that right now and I've already conceded in the past that allowing it there is better than not allowing it at all and until I convince people to allow it on main I'm not going to object to it being on meta.
 
12:39 PM
@Caleb Alright, migrated. I’ll get it together and open a discussion on meta at some point and maybe we can reconsider.
 
12:53 PM
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Q: Dead Sea Scrolls to purchase for home reading

Raphael RoschI 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 I just can't really quite get over it. In any case, I already own the LXX (Brenton) and MT (BHS) ...

 
 
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4:05 PM
@Susan @Caleb @Davïd The problem with "tools of the trade" questions are that they tend to fall easily into avoided categories of questions, specifically being subjective in nature (often asking for "best" tools), "every answer is equally valid," and the "what do you use?" concept.
They also are not asking about the process of hermeneutics nor the act of interpreting a specific text, and other related on-topic categories. They probably belong in a Google or Amazon search (since many are "shopping list" type questions), not even on the site at all. Recall, this is supposed to be a site "for experts," and experts do not have such "tool" questions.
Yet we want to accommodate enthusiasts and amateurs as well, which may be interested in "tools," so they go to meta. Is this best? I don't know, but one policy of BH.SE is "showing your work" and that requires "tools," so since meta is in part about "policies of Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange," tools are part of helping people properly answer on BH.SE per policy and seem to belong there.
Yet one can argue tools are required for "doing" hermeneutics, and so belong as part of BH.SE main.
Not an easy answer either way in my opinion, but I know I do not want main cluttered with "shopping list" questions.
 
@ScottS I don't buy that usage of the "expert" scenario. If that was the case we could shut down StackOverflow because experts would never ask more than 5% of the questions on there. I rather think of it as question for people working towards becoming experts in their fields (as in not idle curiosity and expecting some research before asking is fine).
 
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because (1) it does not deal with interpreting of a specific text, (2) there is no set answer to give because various forms of the text exist in Greek that will vary the character count, and (3) the character count is irrelevant to hermeneutics. — ScottS 2 mins ago
@Caleb Certainly the "expert" aspect is an issue. I somewhat like @Tau who noted the site is more for enthusiasts, as that is the "reality" of the situation, despite SE's goal of building sites "for experts," as the question Tau answered noted.
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I'm personally fine either way (keeping such questions on meta or moving to BH.SE), but the questions would still need to fit some of the parameters of not being too open-ended I think. Take the "Dead Sea Scrolls" question above, where it seems an Amazon search would "answer" the question.
 

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