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I am in my senior term at the Seminary of the Wilderness. My first ten years were spent as bi-vocational pastor/evangelist in Utah preaching of Christ how I knew best and trying to improve by learning theology from Reformed, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, Baptist and other sources. The second ten years were spent as a BVP/E and discovering that I didn't know what I thought I knew and reading the Bible without outside influence. At the beginning of the third ten I started seeing Christ in the OT, and tried to figure out how and why. I intend in the fourth ten to figure out how to communicate what I learned last term. After that I might be useful for something.

My bias in approaching the Bible is that I believe that it exists in a form today sufficiently intact to be considered infallible. That apparent contradictions are intentional riddles designed to guide us in focusing on different aspects of Christ. That sensus plenior exists in a form which is discernible in a verifiable, and reproducible manner. And that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.


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revised What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
got rid of pillows.
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revised What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
edited to address comments
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revised How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?
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revised Where does the “slippery slope” of allegorical interpretations start?
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comment Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
The nature of riddle is such that it is based on ambuguity of words, grammar, ideas, etc. The phrase "had not previously hated" is where the ambiguity is introduced, which permits the alternate reading. The interpretation is validated by the definition of love, putting the other before yourself. At what point is a really careless accident not love? The point at which your care for the other was insufficient to protect them. The end result is that hate is simply not putting the other person first. Not loving them.
Oct
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comment What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
@Jack Douglas I normally use the AV. Since you commented I have gone back to read it in Hebrew which does not mention "pillows". I stand corrected. Paul makes the point that the two rocks that were struck, were really one rock which followed them. But Jesus would not have had that commentary available. There are enough places where God calls himself the rock, that Jesus could ask the same question and reach the same conclusion. "There is no other rock". So it would be better to incorporate those in the answer.
Oct
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comment What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
Jesus was 12 about to become a man and responsibility transferred from mother to father, as was the Jewish custom which is now formally the bar-mitvah. Jewish children were taught theology by ceremonially asking questions, such as the passover. Since Jesus is the rock, and the stone which the builder rejected, following the stones through scripture produces a plethora of prophecies concerning Christ.
Oct
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comment What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
Jos 4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Jos 4:21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
Oct
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Oct
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revised What is Sensus Plenior and how does it impact the field of hermeneutics?
Added content to flush out the article as stand-alone rather than response.
Oct
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
Jack, I appreciate your questions. I have been an evangelist/pastor in Utah for 30 years. I was recruited to be a Southern Baptist pastor after several years preaching independently. I have also worked with Nazarene, Calvary Chapel, Assembly of God, IFCA, Churches of Christ, and others. It's a small community here.
Oct
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
I think I have been misunderstood on man defining good and evil. The intent is that he defines it for himself, thus usurping God's position. He is making himself 'like' God. The word yada, besides 'knowing' also has the sense of teaching or declaring. It is from here I get that Adam was declaring good and evil for himself rather than accepting God's standard. He has made himself a god.
Oct
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
I am certainly open to suggestions. Thanks
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answered What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
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answered What does it mean that “Scripture interprets Scripture”?
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answered Are there any hermeneutics principles that can be related to scientific principles?
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answered How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?
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answered Where does the “slippery slope” of allegorical interpretations start?
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answered Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26