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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.


Nov
19
comment Was Adam created as complete man containing both male and female?
@Marg... nope. The story of the rib removed from Adam is a prophecy of Christ. Since Christ was not diminished when the bride was formed through the cross, neither was Adam diminished by the removal of the rib.
Nov
19
comment On what basis is the name “Ephraim” given the etymology of “ash heap”?
Actually, if the Sefira Yetsira is read as a 'formation of language' rather than as an occult document, there is very early evidence for the sub-root as the 'gates' of which it speaks. I have since been collecting such evidence for a dictionary of subroots based on the same proposition.
Nov
18
comment Rod and Staff (Psalm 23)
Sensus plenior is based on the premise that puns and riddles are the genre of prophetic riddle. Literalists shy away from punning.
Oct
11
comment What does “image” in Genesis 1:26-27 mean?
@Paul Sorry. But if you use your browser to zoom in, this one should be readable.
Apr
2
comment How does the Noah's Ark narrative relate to the Gilgamesh flood account?
@fdb R.K. Harrison is considered a serious Old Testament Bible Scholar.
Apr
1
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
@William You are missing the point that the Jewish dietary law does not permit mixing cheese and meat based on this verse.
Feb
17
comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
" He certainly doesn't accuse them of knowing more than they communicate in public." He called them serpents (liars). A liar is one who is misrepresenting what he knows to be true. So he did accuse them of knowing something which was true and not sharing it.
Feb
17
comment Meaning of the Parable of the Sower
One interpretation of Ps 78:2 says that parables have a second meaning which speaks of Christ hidden in a riddle. Riddle is a different genre than parable. In the past such interpretations have been frowned upon. Are they now welcome?
Feb
17
comment What does Paul mean by allegory in Galatians 4:24?
There is nothing here to contribute to the improvement of this answer. The question asks for the method of obtaining an allegory, presumably not free-for-all, and the answer steps through the meaning of the words to produce the allegory. It would seem that the word analysis supports the first answer above. No comments is indicative of capriciousness?
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@Caleb If it were not a hostile environment, it might be worth attempting to make something work. I only popped in because someone e-mailed me about an answer and I got distracted. Some of your participants don't realize that all the chat is publicly available and it was easy to see the collusion between hostile parties who attempted to push me away. When it included your mods I decided it wasn't worth it.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@Caleb: same discussion never resolved: Gotcha. It is one of the difficulties in presenting sensus plenior. Everything is so tied together that you have to prove every word, which takes away from the main point. This is my interest in linking. Proving that boiling is tribulation is not the point of the question and discussing it here would be a distraction. So I need to experiment with various links. There is no place for an article or a dictionary of types. I could certainly produce one, .. links in every sensus plenior article offsite would be self promotion... Oct 24 '11 at 23:38
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@Caleb, it is so intertwined that it is self-correcting, but it makes it nearly impossible to explain it.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@Caleb The problem is bigger than that. The answer already gave the connections. A handful of sheaves is to a field as the parents were to Israel. The five kings is to four kings what the flesh of Jesus is to his spirit. The problem is that now we must explain how we got 5 representing the flesh, which will require that we explain how fish represent the 'every word which comes from the mouth of God' which will require we explain how leaven is 'teaching'.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
That's been the problem from the beginning @Caleb. There has not been an easy way to set a foundation in the methods of the Sensus Plenior hermeneutic. Every answer requires a full explanation of the methods and its justification or it is undiscernible from free-for-allegory (which it is not). Though this forum wishes to be the repository of hermeneutic knowledge, without a place for a systematic presentation of a particular hermeneutic, it can only be a repository of what is commonly known.
Feb
13
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
@David For as long as the first people lived, it would seem unreasonable to assume that Dad and Mom never told their Son what happened in the garden, or what God spoke with them about while he walked with them in the garden.
Feb
13
comment What's the difference between “sensus plenior” and “inspired sensus plenior”?
@JLB One would think that once a hidden meaning is revealed truly, that it would be obvious to those who spoke and thought like Hebrews. Unfortunately, we mostly think like Greeks. The Hebrew hermeneutic was pushed out of the church by Augustine who said the Greek Septuagint was more reliable than the original Hebrew. It is no surprise for it to receive disdain from those who received their hermeneutic from Augustine.
Jan
9
comment Where does the “slippery slope” of allegorical interpretations start?
I'm not sure how you get Jerusalem on both sides. He makes it clear that there is Jerusalem which now is, and and Jerusalem which is above. These are two different Jerusalems. It is like mixing up Salem Oregon with Salem MA
Jan
9
comment What's the difference between “sensus plenior” and “inspired sensus plenior”?
@jonI think you added a semantic question. Of course if God intended it, it is inspired. But in the context of Evangelical discussions, it is more than a semantic issue. Ichthydion did a great job with it.
Jan
9
comment Does sensus plenior exist in the New Testament?
I think that is also an example. Thanks.
Jan
9
comment What does it mean for Jesus to fulfill the law?
Heb 11.1 The law having a 'shadow'... the shadow of the law is being referenced, not the positive command. There was no positive command to be a leper, yet he fulfills the law of the leper.