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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.


Jul
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
Added less generic attribution
Jul
9
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
It appears that rules and principles are being used interchangeably. Shouldn't this get sorted out?
Jul
8
revised What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
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Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swashek Thanks. I didn't think we were too far apart in our thinking on it.
Jul
8
comment Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
I think Inclusio is what I was thinking.
Jul
8
comment Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
@swasheck possibly.. just don't remember. When I studied it I saw the phenomenon, but didn't know how to put meaning to it. The pattern is used in Genesis apparently to encapsulate individual stories.
Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swasheck Sorry if it sounds accusatory, not intended. I am trying to understand the dynamic you propose with the spirit guiding into different meanings. I would make the case that with a proper hermeneutic and guidance by the Spirit, we can know God's intended meaning (unity of the faith). I am hearing you say that multiple meanings are OK as long as they are guided by the spirit, as if there is not a meaning attributable to the text itself. Where am I missing it? The free-for-all appears to be attributed to the Spirit.
Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swasheck why have hermeneutics at all if the Spirit is free to guide us in any direction from the text. Why have a text at all?
Jul
8
comment How can we determine if a text is sarcastic?
@Richard Rabbi Eliezer's rule 32 permits anachronism (out of order interpretation) A method should be judged by the claims it makes for itself, not by those imposed by another system. Besides, the order of publication tells us nothing about the order they were taught. It is plausible that the letters contain teachings that were common to Paul wherever he went, and the letters just remind them of his teaching to address current issues.
Jul
8
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
1Sa 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. Here the wicked are silent and 'concealed' in darkness. Perhaps Paul is making reference to this?
Jul
8
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
None of the answers address Paul's teaching that there is no male or female in Christ Jesus. If it that apparent contradiction is not explained, a full understanding of this passage cannot be claimed. Likewise, Jeremiah claims that all men will become pregnant. That sure confuses the issue concerning gender.
Jul
8
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
@Jas actually, these rules are derived from the text, but a bit simplistic: To let scripture interpret scripture: 1. Read the scripture 2. Read the scripture around the scripture. The first goes without saying, but the second is too broad to be helpful. What is the context? In SP it is the context of all the scriptures which are linked by way of using the same words and ideas in the text and immediate context of the verse being considered.
Jul
8
revised Why is the man going to measure Jerusalem in Zechariah 2:2?
added the man
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
You have been in Zech a while. If you would like to see the whole book unpacked, drop me a note and I'll start working on it. I'd have to do it through e-mail because I don't know what format it would take here.
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
Just a note.. 7 is the number of completeness in SP. There are six spatial rays of direction, and a seventh in time (you cannot go back in time). 4 is the whole word of God as revealed through prophet, priest, king and judge. These are duals of duals (HH, HE, EH, EE) The duality of time is between time/eternity. As for rhetorical emphasis, tere is a Jewsih rule that says a double letter is not a new root, but an expansion (of some sort) of the root with a single letter. Using this rule it is determined that Cain had a twin sister and Abel had two twin sisters (triplets)
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
@Kazark Try applying it everywhere you see it. If it only works here it is just free-for-all allegory with a coincidental application. If it works everywhere, it is God's intended meaning.
Jul
8
revised Do any Hermeneutical approaches have a specific meaning for the number 11?
added ya 10+1
Jul
8
revised Do any Hermeneutical approaches have a specific meaning for the number 11?
Added Kabalah
Jul
7
revised What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
added last paragraph; added 151 characters in body
Jul
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revised What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
added commentary by request