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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.


Mar
29
comment What was Malachi's meaning in “The sun of righteousness” vs the sun gods of his day?
@SamuelAppiah This is exactly the sort of question this site is for. Whatever you may think about the need to dig into what things actually do or do not mean, if you are going to do it this is a venue for that. On the other hand it is not a place to be critical of the practice of questioning or of the existence of hermeneutics. Please refrain in the same way that you wouldn't join a Harley club and then advocate 'why have motorcycles anyway' or go to a physics conference to say 'science is unnecessary anyway'.
Mar
25
comment Who is the woman in Revelation 12?
@JohnMartin Why? The answer I'm commenting on slips-up in ignoring the existence of Catholic commentators in suggesting that nobody could see it another way. I am pointing out that many somebodies do in-fact see it the way he suggests it cannot be seen. Rather than ignoring this large body of commentary, I think he should acknowledge that it exists — bring it into play and show (with hermeneutical reasoning) how it fits the pieces or how it fails.
Mar
25
comment Who is the woman in Revelation 12?
@JohnMartin That's not really how this works. Some things can be fixed by third party edits, but the sort of re-focusing I suggested would need to come from the author. I've given my suggestion for how the answer could me improved. It's up to Jas to try to implement it or not; he already has my upvote this is just a suggested for fixing one area where it is weak. If I was going to do it I would spend the time answering myself.
Feb
21
comment What is the meaning of “violence” in Matthew 11:12?
Defering to doctrinal frameworks is great in principle, but you seem to dodge the bullet a little early here. Interpretation in not done in a vacuum, but it isn't pure 'spin' either. What are the possibilities and what factors have to be in place to interpret the word one way or another? It seems like there should be more groundwork done in the text itself before layering on doctrinal considerations.
Feb
17
comment What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?
@BobJones The solution if you think a better answer with combined perspectives could be posted is to add an answer that you think accomplishes that, not to pester an existing one to add something it did not set out to do. Please don't use the comment tool for that either. If you have something to suggest about the site Biblical Hermeneutics Meta would be the place to discuss it, but comments should be related to improving specific posts not the format of the whole site and not for adding content that you would have put in a post but not the author (we differ from most forums in this). Thanks for understanding.
Feb
14
comment Was there an astronomical origin of the Star of Bethlehem in Matthew 2?
The article A Further Examination of the Gospel in the Stars touches on this as a tangential to another issue. You might find it interesting reading.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones A lot has changed over the year you've been gone. Not everything is perfect but we have some more experience under our belt. While in some senses our posting guidelines have gotten more stringent, we've also learned to adapt them some for different hermeneutical approaches. If you were willing to work with us a little I think you'd find there are ways to address the problems that we saw before but didn't even have suggestions on how to resolve.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones You say this can't work without a place to systematically present the hermeneutic. I agree, but I think this can be that place. Tell me: what exactly should I ask about the hermeneutical approach that would give answers a chance to do just that?
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones We're willing to adapt as long as each answer shows enough of the process that somebody who understands SP could verify that it is being done correctly. The problem is we don't have a anybody besides you here that claims to know the rules. That and the main point of this site is not to have a bunch of answers but to have a bunch of things that teach how to get answers. Your goal when posting here should not be to give somebody the answer, but to teach them how to find it. I realize that's a lot of work for SP, but –you judge– is it worth it?
Feb
7
comment How did the widow have water for Elijah in 1 Kings 17?
@rhetorician Do you see how different a wavelength that comment is on? I stopped after resolving the perceived issue in the text, you are stretching my answer to apply to Californian politics. Even in comments let's keep the venue in mind. Why are we here? To examine the text and understand it on its own terms. What we do with that knowledge is the scope of a different venue.
Feb
1
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
Besides the bounty situation (way to play tho cards @Sarah) there is a shiny gold badge waiting to happen if you accept FL's answer. Self answers don't usually score well enough for manipulating that badge, but when they do it is deserved anyway!
Jan
31
comment How does John use the Feast of Dedication in John 10?
Please use less ellipsis () and instead actually use the space here to fully explain the relevant issues. This is almost impossible to follow. You can use the edit link below your post to improve it.
Jan
31
comment Was Haman an Agagite?
This is a good question that is going to require some pulling apart of the text and possibly involve some other sources. Since this is not about Christian doctrine, I think those other needs will be taken care of better on a related SE site, Biblical Hermeneutics. I will migrate this over there for you.
Jan
29
comment What does the Greek word αἰῶνας refer to in Heb. 1:2?
Somebody took care of some of the issues in your original question and I have migrated it to the site where that question is on topic. Please see the comments on the version at CSE for some hints on what other related questions you could ask. Your original question version can be viewed here for reference if you need it.
Jan
29
comment What does the Greek word αἰῶνας refer to in Heb. 1:2?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 Migration complete. EPIC salvage job by the way.
Jan
29
comment How did the widow have water for Elijah in 1 Kings 17?
Sorry about the hacked together first version of my answer. This site does not lend itself to missives typed from mobile. I've fixed it up a bit so that I'm at least not embarrassed by the 'accept'.
Jan
27
comment Why does Paul get annoyed with the slave girl in Acts 16?
The big issue here is that this post does not show its work, which is a requirement on this site. The answers we want to see are the ones that teach the interpretive process (hermeneutics) not the ones that just give away the answer. Don't just tell us what you know, tell us how you know it. You should know that this will likely be removed if you do not edit it to show HOW you came to this conclusion about the meaning of the passage.
Jan
27
comment Why does Paul get annoyed with the slave girl in Acts 16?
Welcome to this site. We're always glad to have new folk around. We do have some house rules though that take some getting used to. I know the learning curve is going to be steep and even sound harsh, but bear with us and try to get the hang of things. If you haven't already, check out our about page.
Jan
27
comment What would Jesus' qualifications have been for a “worthy” person for the disciples to stay within the Matthew 10 narrative?
Please review the way I edited this question so that you have a better idea what our expectations are. You didn't even include a question body in your original. I have tried to write a suitable one for you, but we will expect some investment on your part to develop your own questions in the future. We know this isn't easy, but asking questions here is expected to take some work to do well.
Jan
26
comment Why did Moses get away with intermarriage?
Re: your original post. If you have something you would like to discuss about the way this site functions you may do so on our Biblical Hermeneutics Meta site. Here on the main site answers are required to stick to directly answering the original questions. On the meta site you may solicit feedback form the community on issues concerning the nature of the site and the way we handle things here. I know the learning curve is steep, but we're willing to help. Before you come out of the gate swinging at the community here though you should read up on how we do things and what this site is about.