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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 Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?
As someone who is fluent in a language structurally very different from English, this is utterly unconvincing. Just because there are not one-to-one matches for the words does not mean there was an "addition". I can easily compose sentences in Turkish with clauses that cannot be translated into English without adding a considerable number of words to describe the implication of the clause that are clearly not there in the Turkish. Without dealing with the actual Greek grammar and how the words that are there relate to the rest of the text, any accusation of things bing added rings hollow.
Sep
26
comment How best to understand the relationship between Exodus 20:3 and 20:4?
What makes you think the verse number annotations typically found in our Bibles are of any significance to translation/interpretation in the first place? I'm unsure what "evidence" you expect to turn up or on what basis you think a verse marker should or should not be in any particular location.
Sep
20
comment Does God have DNA?/ Sperma?
Now assuming the former would you please edit this to ask a question rather than make a statement about whether that word in that verse is referring to sperm or to something else?
Sep
20
comment Does God have DNA?/ Sperma?
Look man first of all, loose the attitude. I know I'm coming on strong here but this was a mess going down hill fast and I don't have time to beat around the bush. If you want to ask a serious question about the proper interpretation of a word in a verse and get it answered by experts who know what to do with the verse, then lets cut the nonsense and just do that. If you're trying to make a point in spite of what answers you get and plan to argue with everyone that tries to help you get this straightened out then we're just going to shut it down.
Aug
30
comment Why does the ESV use “surely” in Genesis 2:16 when all others say “freely”?
I have yet to hear any Calvinists make such an argument based on this translation or even the verse in general. I don't know why the word choice was made by the ESV translators, but the word they picked does not seem to carry the particular implication you are reading into it. A more modern expression might be 'of course' as in, "Of course you can go to the party, just come home by 10." The choice of 'surely' doesn't seem to have any different implications than 'freely', and the doctrinal case for whether the fall was predestined is surely not built on this verse.
Aug
26
comment What were the wise men?
This is good stuff and I'm all for editing to improve posts for almost any reason (I'm even down with minor edits), but bumping the question to the homepage 17 times now is a little excessive. Can we ask you batch edits in slightly larger groups? There is a fully rendered preview below the edit box so you can proof read the output and edit as you review without saving a bunch of in-between states. Thanks...
Aug
24
comment Is Paul quoting the “Apocrypha” in Colossians 1:17?
@Susan Oh right: Paul's habit of quoting from the LXX makes that quite relevant, my bad. Whatever the Hebrew source said is not that important if it can be show that he was indeed quoting the work using the Greek translation. Not enough coffee yet this morning ;-)
Aug
24
comment Sin vs trespass vs transgression
I cleaned this up a little bit, but it still needs some of the fixes Dan suggested. Can you edit to narrow this down to a couple specific words in specific contexts rather than being a nebulous "whole Bible on the topic of sin"?
Aug
24
comment Is Paul quoting the “Apocrypha” in Colossians 1:17?
@Susan Is the Sirach originally in Greek like Colossians was? That seems like it may or may not be a relevant comparison if the original language was Hebrew or something.
Aug
18
comment Will the return of Christ (Second Coming) be literal or symbolic?
@user2479 The OP's intent seems pretty clear. It might be a good question, but it's off topic for this site. It's not about a textual issue, it's looking for a doctrinal position. This site isn't about presenting doctrinal positions (even with textual support). We only handle things the other way around.
Aug
13
comment Is 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified is genuine or hoax?
@Bobson I'm sorry if your world just became a bleaker place. But never fear, there is plenty of real intrigue and adventure to be found. It's just not this fiction.
Aug
13
comment Is 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified is genuine or hoax?
@DavidMulder With that in mind I've cleaned it up some and expanded on the logic. It could still use some of the actual textual analysis, but I'm wondering if a separate question might not be a better venue for that.
Aug
13
comment Is 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified is genuine or hoax?
@DavidMulder You're right. In fact you could go a lot farther than this. This isn't ever really an appeal to authority as I've cited virtually nothing and only given some background off the top of my head. I'll try to expand the bit about why scholars agree the book does not represent the Biblical Barnabas, but frankly it's hard to be motivated when the question itself shows so little research effort or inclination to go after facts.
Aug
12
comment Was John the Baptist a Christian?
Whether something or someone "is Christian" or not is really not a question of hermeneutics at all. This depends entirely on how you define the term "Christian". A question about how the term was used in the context of Scripture would be on topic here, but this question is really a doctrinal one, not a textual one. A doctrinal question about what a specific doctrinal tradition defines as Christian or not in regards to faith figures at various points in history would be on topic over on [chrstianity.se], but it would definitely need to be asked according to a specific theological tradition.
Aug
9
comment What are “works of the law”?
This question would have needed to question a specific doctrinal framework in order to work over on Christianity, so I have taken the easier route and modified it to be more explicitly about the textual issue so that it fits this site.
Aug
8
comment Was baptism practiced by first-century Jews?
See also: Was baptism practiced before Christ?
Jul
25
comment What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?
I've migrated this to the Biblical Hermeneutics site for you because the expertise in manuscripts is more up the alley of the folks here. It was fine to ask on Christianity, but I think you'll get better answers for this particular issue here.
Jul
23
comment What is special about the Feast of Tabernacles in Zechariah 14?
This post does answer the question and does explain itself, but it does not show how you arrived at this conclusion which is expected of answers an this site. You make two statements ("the prophet is using" and "Zechariah is using") but don't show how you came up with those conclusions. Could you edit to show your work in arriving at this interpretation rather than just giving us the results?
Jul
14
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
This covers the futurist approach quite well, but it would be helpful to at least have a paragraph or two noting how historicist, preterist, and idealist approaches deal with this issue and whether the outcome is any different for this particular question.
Jul
13
comment What evidence supports Matthew as Paul's source?
Mod notice: Comments are not the correct venue to discuss the subject matter of question. If you have an answer to provide, do that. If not and you think the question needs clarification to be answerable, then comment and ask for clarification. But if you want to discuss the issue raised by the question, please take it to Biblical Hermeneutics Chat.