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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


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comment What do the words “For the letter killeth” mean in 2 Corinthians 3:6
"Letter of the law" has specific consultations in English different from "letter of recommendation" if those have been properly translate it is likely because the Greek construct have similar different meanings. Without an examination of the original language and any possible idiomatic usages, I don't think the assertions you make here are to be believed.
Dec
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comment What do the words “For the letter killeth” mean in 2 Corinthians 3:6
Your description of the earlier passage is reasonable enough but that it connects to the usage of "letter" in the latter verse is rather unconvincing. Words can mean different things in different context: pair a word up with a different one and it can easily refer to something completely different even in the same sentence, much less in a separate one.
Dec
10
comment What is the precedent for using water as a symbol for God's Spirit in John 3:5?
There may be something here (I happen to think there is) but this answers fails to make a convincing case. The Genesis connection is especially tenuous. Can you give us something more textual and compelling for why these would be connected imagery?
Dec
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comment Why “Inn” for “Kataluma” in Luke 2:7
Have you perhaps left out a critical 'not' in the second paragraph or scrambled the spelling of 'cloth' and 'clothes'? Something doesn't quite add up here.
Dec
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revised Why “Inn” for “Kataluma” in Luke 2:7
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Dec
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comment “blashemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” — Is “forgiven” the best word for what is meant?
The word 'overlook' has a host of potential side implications in English that would do nothing but muddy the waters and even introduce theological contradictions. While 'forgive' may not be a perfect fit, translation never is. What we do know is that its a reasonable approximation in dozens of other contexts that does't set off any theological landslides.
Dec
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comment What was Noah thinking when he sent a raven from the ark?
I think as a question this post would benefit from having the second and third to last paragraphs removed. Those seem like assertions that would be better suited to being forwarded in an answer.
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Sep
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revised Why does Genesis 28:12 note that angels were going up and down the ladder?
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Sep
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comment How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?
I second, no third, no fourth, make that fifth the sentiment. This is a fascinating factoid but it's useless here without some references. You're using secular history (without using any actual history to back it up) to suggest how a sacred text should be understood. I'm totally ok with that but you have to give us the history, then show how it's relevant to interpreting the text. Otherwise it sounds like you're just throwing out wild speculations.
Sep
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comment Is “wept on his neck” a Hebrew idiom?
Now I'm curious. Do you have any sources for research done on this topic or examples of the mocking use you mention? Do any commentators knowledgable of its non-use in other Hebrew sources speculate as to how it came to be used in Biblical Hebrew? Could it have been something specific to the era (since we don't have other comparable written sources dating back to that time)
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revised Was the tower of Babel a ziggurat?
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