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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
27
comment On what basis is the name “Ephraim” given the etymology of “ash heap”?
Ashes for eye shadow? Only a guess.
Nov
19
comment Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?
yes. When you look at the books in order Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, each one adds insights into the typology of the previous authors. The question isn't why is Mark different, but why did Matthew and Luke change it. They did so as they had a deeper understanding of the sublime.
Nov
18
comment On what basis is the name “Ephraim” given the etymology of “ash heap”?
Oh.. and English is not deeply rooted as is Hebrew, so I agree that your example is nonsense.
Nov
18
comment On what basis is the name “Ephraim” given the etymology of “ash heap”?
In the case of bull it is a two letter word as well as a subroot.
Nov
18
comment On what basis is the name “Ephraim” given the etymology of “ash heap”?
Google "Hebrew subroots" to find Jewish sources. Although it is all over the internet now, it was originally only taught to Jewish men over age 40. It is also suggested by rabbis that individual letters have hieroglyphic meanings and that an unknown Hebrew word can be discerned from the meaning of the letters.
Nov
17
comment Does the communion cup emphasize the vessel or the drink?
@Monica - even today in Japan they serve living lobsters which they carve hunks of flesh from at the table to serve the diners. The cannibals of New Guinea would take bites from the freshly removed heart of their enemy and certainly of animals from the hunt.
Nov
17
comment Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?
@soldarnal I am curious about your hermeneutic. I am generally mocked for suggesting that every jot and tittle has meaning as well as word placement and usage. I am encouraged that you suggest that word order might have meaning.
Nov
16
comment Definition of Greek γενεά (genea)
Heck, even in precisely defined languages (as in software) you can still have multiple meanings by overrides. ;-)
Nov
16
comment Definition of Greek γενεά (genea)
Studies in early childhood learning show that punning and riddle are critical for developing the use and understanding of language precisely because words have more than one meaning. Children who can only comprehend one meaning are considered stunted in development. It is doubtful that there is only one right interpretation even if you were speaking in the same language. But since words in different languages include different subsets of meaning, when translating it is even more unlikely that there is a single 'right' meaning in English.
Nov
16
comment Why is Israel referred to with a male pronoun in Jeremiah 31:10?
It should also probably include why Jeremiah says all men will become pregnant. His changing number and gender of pronouns is an intentional use of words to focus our attention on something specific.
Nov
16
comment Why is Israel referred to with a male pronoun in Jeremiah 31:10?
An answer might include why it is not feminine Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Nov
16
comment What else can “Fifteen cubits from above” in Gen 7:20 mean?
The word in question is used Ex 25:21, 26:14, 36:19 39:31, 40:19-20, and many more which only make sense in the conventional rendering.
Aug
22
comment What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
@Jack "The awareness of general meaning is the secret of Jacob's dream. The stones, previously beneath his head, come to life and merge to become one, as lifeforce from the head of Jacob permeates them with meaning." inner.org/hebrew-letters/letters-words-light.php The rabbi interprets it as many stones which became one.
Jul
25
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
Several have attempted to criticize SP by using FFA as though SP is responsible for the failure of FFA, when their own supposed practice of SP produces FFA because they have not followed the rules. If anything, their attempts should demonstrate the necessity of the rules to produce verifiable results.
Jul
25
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
It is apparent that I have been unable to communicate the importance of the rules, since several people have asked me to explain SP without putting an emphasis on them. That cannot be done. The rules separate free-for-all allegory from SP.
Jul
15
comment Catholic explanation of the “spiritual sense” of Scripture?
or are layers and ways analogous?
Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural standards by which a hermeneutic method can be measured?
It is the unspoken principle of popular typology where darkness is evil and leaven is sin and 6 is the number of man.
Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural standards by which a hermeneutic method can be measured?
Where do you get this: ""If Scripture directly interprets a symbol, then that is the meaning it has everywhere in Scripture, with few exceptions." or is it just a hypothetical example?
Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
Any one of these will do. I don't know where it first appeared bu tlots of people mention it. google.com/…
Jul
13
comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
Aren't you first interpreting Thomas as though it is literal in order to produce your conclusion? The question is really, Do the apostles and Thomas read the OT in similar fashions, and how does Thomas help us reproduce the apostle's elusive hermeneutic?