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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 Do any Hermeneutical approaches have a specific meaning for the number 11?
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Jul
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answered What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
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comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
If a hermeneutical principle is not derived from the scriptures, then it is by definition man-made. No wonder we have free-for-all hermeneutics ;-)
Jul
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comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
Hmmm... I seem to remember that a programming language wasn't considered a real language if it's own compiler couldn't be written in it. So why would asking for hermeneutical principles derived from the scriptures be any different?
Jul
7
revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
added paragraph on genetics.
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comment Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
@monica THere's a name for the structural pattern in Hebrew ABA. Where the references at the beginning are repeated at the end. But I can't remember what it is.
Jul
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
added note on the open parenthesis.
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
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Jul
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
added last paragraph
Jul
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
Cleaned up
Jul
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revised Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
added explanation for v4&5
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answered Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
Jul
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revised Why was a chapter division placed at the end of Genesis 1, rather than between 2:3 and 2:4?
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Jul
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comment Why was a chapter division placed at the end of Genesis 1, rather than between 2:3 and 2:4?
A few more chapters like this and it might be considered evidence that Langton saw sensus plenior.
Jul
7
answered Why was a chapter division placed at the end of Genesis 1, rather than between 2:3 and 2:4?
Jul
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comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
Also look how they treat John the B. Mark plainly states that John fulfills prophecy by coming before Jesus. Matthew adds the SP images of the vipers and the axe. Luke includes the birth of John and the sign of his father "no water/word" until John. And John includes the imagery of the firmament of Gen 1. Each a bit more sophisticated that n the previous authors.
Jul
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comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
I am very skeptical about Q. ;-) Under the assumptions of SP, the disciples were taught how to read the Bible by Jesus, not given omniscient knowledge of it. So each successive book, in the order above, shows a more in depth knowledge of the SP in the OT. Just look at where each author begins the story. Mark with John's preaching, Matthew with Abraham. Luke with Adam. John with Gen 1:1. As they each had more time than the previous author to practice reading as Jesus taught, they make a deeper application of OT scripture.
Jul
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comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
"But I would want to know if there's any connection between the Gospel of Thomas and the apostles." I would suggest taht many people had access to the apostles, and that GOT was produce FROM their teaching, not the other way around.
Jul
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comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
Some GOT researchers place an early date on GOT even preceding the gospels. If the gospels are the recorded "dog and pony show" (not meant derogatorily, but based on the repetion of the apostles, preaching the same thing in many places) then a contemporaneous origin is not out of the question. They would be sermon notes on how to read the OT. and the gospels would be the events that Jesus did that fulfilled the OT. This can be shown if the gospels are analyzed as if written in the order Mark, Matt, Luke John, each becoming more sophisticated in the use of SP.