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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.


Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@andrepd No worries. I've closed the question again as it appears this direction is not in line with your intent (which is fine) but if there was some aspect of the text that interested you (or this catches the interest of somebody else who wants to tweak and run with ti) we could certainly re-open it focused on whatever the perceived textual issue is.
Dec
19
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
@fdb I have to agree this is a bit sketchy. But the real problem is the question. This question specifically and the genre of generic language questions in general was discussed at length on meta and we've pretty much settled that they are outside the scope of the site. There is not much point in debating the merits of answers to questions that are closed for being off topic—unless they are fixed and opened the whole thing is likely to hit the recycle bin eventually. As long as new answers cannot be posted, the pros and cons of existing ones is kind of a moot point.
Dec
19
comment Was Rachel buried “in the way”?
What's the actual question here? In spite of the title being a question form, the body of the question seems to just state the wording of the verse. Can you edit to clarify the actual question here? Did you want to know what this means? Is there a confusion between translations?
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas I can see your point. I'm not sure I agree that the balance is in favor of this being textual but don't want to be belligerent about it either. Maybe we can think of a away to fine tune the wording a little bit as a warning to would be digressers that the scope of this site needs to start from and stick to interpreting this text. Also maybe there is some nuance in this verse that could be specifically asked about. I'd revert my close vote pretty quickly if I thought there would be a way to moderate answers that approach this from the "wrong" end of the stick (for this site).
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas [cont] As I read it the "Why would God ___" part that is the crux of this question would just as easily be attached to any other verse that happened to hit on themes about God's character and his choice of saving a people while rejecting others. I think I could rotate out the verse for a collection of alternates without breaking t he core of the question—which suggests to me it's less textual than it is doctrinal at heart.
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas How do you read it? Anything that asks "Why would God do do X" (especially the use of "would") suggests to me a doctrinal question that can only be fully addressed by a theological framework rather than one that can be analyzed and answered in the context of the text in question. How is a question about God's possible motivations not going to lead into more theology and speculation than this site wants to be focused on?
Dec
18
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
This is really more of a doctrinal question than a textual one. Unless your question is "does the text really say this", it quickly gets into a realm of theology that only a doctrinal framework can reasonably address, and that's generally beyond the scope of this site. On the other hand it would be fair to ask this on Christianity instead, but only with the inclusion of a specific theological tradition which will limit the scope of answers to how that tradition deals with the issue.
Dec
18
comment Do the specific gifts the father gives to the prodigal son have any special significance?
Because its not about Jesus.
Dec
10
comment Is there a case to be made that Luke wrote the book of Hebrews?
See also the existing questions Would it matter if the ID of 'Auctor' was revealed and who are the potential candidates? and Did Paul write the Epistle to the Hebrews? — I would suggest that answers to this question stick to examining just the bits about how Luke might have been involved and leave the other suggestions to be dealt with on the more general questions.
Dec
6
comment What was the hedge the LORD made around Job? (1:10)
The greyed out post is a function of the fact that it is heavily downvoted. Voting indicates community consenses on whether a post is generally considered correct and/or useful. Downvoted posts are usually so because the community things they are not useful or incorrect. The grey-out helps take the focus away from such posts so new visitors concentrate on the things that the community has marked as useful.
Dec
1
comment What is the meaning of “violence” in Matthew 11:12?
See also What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence? for a broader treatment of this verse, not just the issue of "violence".
Dec
1
comment What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
See also What is the meaning of "violence" in Matthew 11:12? for a specific treatment of the work "violence" in this verse. Answers to this question might want to concentrate on the way all the concepts in the verse tie together rather than that specifically.
Dec
1
comment What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
@nickalh This site is the way to address this question to a broad audience. The alternative is that it would be outright closed on C.SE because it does not have any scope. In order to ask this question there it would need to be addressed to a specific theological framework. Without that it is what (for lack of a better term) we call "truth questions" which are off-topic entirely.
Nov
26
comment To Interpret Koine Greek, which contemporary writers can be used for comparison?
I can see the point both ways, but tend to think this kind of topical treatment of tools of the trade (other than this site) is better left on main. In fact I've thought of migrating the Lexicon one and maybe a couple others to main as well as they have less to do with the site than how to do hermeneutics in general.
Nov
13
comment Meaning of the Parable of the Sower
You're welcome to put information about yourself and your works and link to off-site resources in your profile. On the other hand the body of posts on this site is not the place to advertise and posting your contact information is not considered part of an answer per the QnA format of this site. Thanks for understanding.
Oct
26
comment Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel?
I'm sure the names and facts involved here are relevant, but this answer seems too short on opinion to me. That may seem like an odd complaint, but as someone who is not an expert in this particular issue this answer doesn't help me gain any perspective. Are the scholars mentioned "respected"? Are they in the majority or minority? Is this just a few examples or an exhaustive run-down of the support? Are you able to draw a conclusion to the question title?
Oct
24
comment Are the words “wife” and “woman” the same in Hebrew and Greek?
@JimThio Watch your language man. Throwing around gratuitous terms that don't belong in an academic setting is not allowed here. I edited that one out for you but it will not be tolerated in the future.
Oct
17
comment Did Jeremiah complain about corrupt torah in Jeremiah 8:8?
Is Jeremiah 8:8 implying that the biblical text was changed?
Oct
13
comment What is the literal meaning of “royal priesthood” in 1 Peter 2:9?
Compounding the issue of Strong's being the wrong tool to define what a word means, you appear to have referenced at entry that is a known error.
Oct
13
comment What is the literal meaning of “royal priesthood” in 1 Peter 2:9?
You appear to have mistakenly used a concordance rather than a lexicon to define a word. In reviewing the actual usage instances your statement that «"royal" is βασίλειον typically means palace» seems to be unsubstantiated. After that this becomes pretty sketchy as far as hermeneutic process goes. Can you provide something a little more robust to back this up?