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For the last 56 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.

My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married over 40 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.

I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.

Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I was certified recently as a paralegal. I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (pronuntiatio or actio) .


Jan
6
comment Why is Wisdom personified as a woman?
@MarkEdward: Thanks for your comments. I'm still stinging from some rebukes I've received recently about my failure to "show my work," hence the somewhat snide remark, which I've excised. As for the PC references, I've excised them as being irrelevant. As for linking the woman-wisdom to other uses of female personification, I do this to prevent eisegesis. The OP's question focuses on Proverbs, but that book is but one of 66, and a literary device one author uses in one book of Scripture is often used by another author elsewhere. Such linking is encouraged in any thoroughgoing hermeneutic.
Jan
6
revised Why is Wisdom personified as a woman?
Incorporated some suggestions submitted by a commenter.
Jan
6
comment Why is a seer called a prophet?
@Bagpipes: Thanks. Happy new year to you. I edited the answer a bit. In my haste, I neglected to excise some words I thought I had, but hadn't!
Jan
6
revised Why is a seer called a prophet?
judicious editing here and there, especially words I thought I'd edited but hadn't
Jan
6
answered Why is Wisdom personified as a woman?
Jan
6
answered Why is a seer called a prophet?
Jan
4
answered Why would the disciples have rebuked people for bringing infants to Jesus?
Jan
1
answered In Luke 1:62 it states they made signs for Zechariah but he could hear just not speak so why make signs?
Jan
1
revised Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man” in Mark 2:10?
minor tweak
Jan
1
answered Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man” in Mark 2:10?
Dec
31
revised Eat my flesh and drink my blood
minor edits here and there
Dec
31
answered Eat my flesh and drink my blood
Dec
31
revised Eat my flesh and drink my blood
edited for better clarity
Dec
29
answered Job 38, was God being sarcastic?
Dec
28
revised Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
minor tweaks
Dec
26
comment How can one determine that a passage is “programmatic”?
I recommend you check out this website, where the concept of a rhetorical situation is defined fairly well. The site contains hyperlinks if you care to follow through with something which catches your eye and interest.
Dec
25
comment Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
@GoneQuiet: In part, that's my style. It's the inductive method, to some extent. I build up to a conclusion, rather than stating it first and supporting it with various arguments. As for manuscript evidences, I reiterate: Bible translators (God bless them, each and every one) have already done the heavy lifting for us. If a person REALLY wants to do some digging as to why word X was used instead of word Y, the tools are there to find out. Frankly, I'm content simply to compare versions side by side and get a sense of the various available options. I then puts in my nickel and takes my choice.
Dec
25
comment What implications does the expression “giving in marriage” have for the existence of sexuality after the ressurection?
@GoneQuiet: Thank you for the additional information on how betrothal works under halacha. Don
Dec
25
revised What implications does the expression “giving in marriage” have for the existence of sexuality after the ressurection?
a little expansion here and there
Dec
25
revised Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
major rewrite.