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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.


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 If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged?
The edit looks much better, but this is shaping up into something that looks like it will fit better on Christianity as it is less about interpreting the words of verses and more about applying them to the spiritual reality of life. To answer that well it will need to be done inside of some kind of theological framework. I'll migrate this to CSE, but first can you give it some sort of doctrinal/traditional scope that you are interested in staying inside of (as CSE covers many different traditions using the name "Christian" both orthodox and heterodox, specifying scope is necessary there).
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?
Oct
7
comment Were 1 John and John’s gospel written by the same person?
@curiousdannii The for/against split is mainly only necessary on C.SE because we don't have the expertise across multiple theological frameworks to include consistently good arguments from both sides of an issue in single posts. That is much less of a problem for textual analysis questions like this one and we don't generally do that split on this site. In fact we encourage answers to include analysis of all positions and to conclude with whatever one seems most favorable to the author. That model implodes on C.SE but works alright here where "showing work" is a mandatory part of answering.
Oct
2
comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
Mod notice: Comments are for requesting or suggesting improvements to posts, not for debating the issues posts happen to be about.
Sep
29
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 the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a 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 the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a 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 the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a 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.