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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 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.
Jul
9
comment The number 40's “real meaning”
Really? Where to even start … … You don't think “3” might have some relation to the Trinity? You know the current calendar system that places the 0 year where it is didn't get assigned until much later right?
Jun
30
comment Why would Jesus look for figs out of season?
There may be something to the symbolism here, but this answer fails to engage the details of the text to show us HOW such a conclusion can be drawn. Where does the symbolic representation come from? How do we just discard the physical details in Mark's narrative like where and when this happened?
Jun
30
comment What does the word “Sword” mean in Mathew 10:24
Habakook you are off on the wrong foot here. Please slow down a second and actually read some of the posts @Daи linked you to. This isn't a place to answer Bible questions, it's a place specifically to study hermeneutics and the process of HOW interpretations are arrived at. As such this answer does not currently meet those expectations. Worse, the tone of your comment suggests you aren't interested in figuring out what this site is about. It is incumbent on you as an answerer to show why you think these pieces go together, not on readers to divine whether your source is "higher" or "lower".
Jun
16
comment Ancient Hebrew Calendar(s) and Modern Translations of “Years”
See also: How does one "add a year" in the Hebrew calendar?
Jun
12
comment Why does the word “void” in Romans 3:31 mean “nullify”?
For reference, it does not appear to be a footnote issue, what you linked to had alternate translations. Some translators chose "make void" and others "nullify" but the general sense is the same. Can you clarify whether your question here is about the meaning of the verse or an issue with the word "void" in English? Judging from the E&L site sending this here there seems to be some confusion about what your actual question is here. Can you clarify so we can handle this properly?
Jun
9
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
@ScottS Fair enough, that would be needed to make this even a half way decent answer. On the other hand I wrote it as a a kind of canary to see what sort of answer the OP was looking for. At this point I'm not sure I want to sink time into something that is ½ an inch from community closure and the OP has demonstrated that they are fishing for the answer they want to hear, not the actual answer. I'll try to find a few minutes to expand, but I'm feeling like the canary died.
Jun
8
comment Are bats described as birds?
@Davïd and Mark, this question was spawned by some controversial comments included in an answer to a related question on a much higher traffic SE site. The thread has been cleaned up but the link to this remains and the question hit the SE network wide hot-list spilling some traffic over here: hence the unusual voting pattern.
Jun
4
comment What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange! This doesn't show its work, which is a requirement on this site. Don't just tell us what you know, tell us how you know it.
Apr
24
comment Who is the Prince of Tyre?
When you say "this is unsustainable from the text alone," are you referring to the local context of Ezekiel or the greater context of a whole canon?
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?