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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.


Sep
25
comment How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?
I second, no third, no fourth, make that fifth the sentiment. This is a fascinating factoid but it's useless here without some references. You're using secular history (without using any actual history to back it up) to suggest how a sacred text should be understood. I'm totally ok with that but you have to give us the history, then show how it's relevant to interpreting the text. Otherwise it sounds like you're just throwing out wild speculations.
Sep
25
comment Is “wept on his neck” a Hebrew idiom?
Now I'm curious. Do you have any sources for research done on this topic or examples of the mocking use you mention? Do any commentators knowledgable of its non-use in other Hebrew sources speculate as to how it came to be used in Biblical Hebrew? Could it have been something specific to the era (since we don't have other comparable written sources dating back to that time)
Sep
13
comment What does it mean to convict the world concerning righteousness?
There are some interesting parallels here, but the whole answer feels like you are starting at the wrong end of the stick -- or like we're being shown the tail end of a whip without getting the perspective of the handle it's attached to. While the parallels are interesting, half of them seem quite tenuous and nothing actually shows how the connections are derived.
Sep
8
comment Why did Paul collect and deliver an offering for the Jerusalem church?
I think any treatment of this subject that should at least raise the issue of famine and other hardships referenced in various places. If if that isn't the direct answer here, you should address why it is not since that is the most commonly cited reason. Until you engage and either confirm or disprove the most commonly cited reasons, this comes off as a very weak argument. Would you be interested in editing to expland on that point?
Sep
8
comment At what time did Jesus rise from the tomb?
It looks like about half of this post should probably be edited into the question itself. Why you are asking, what points you are confused on and what lines you would like further explanation on should be part of the question. The other half where you self-answer a few of the points brought up and state your conclusion should stay as an answer. Can we ask you to do some editing on both this and the question to separate these two types of content? Thanks...
Sep
4
comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
This mostly makes sense in light of the texts, but there is a bit of a curve ball when you talk about "change of the law". It's not clear textually how you fit that in and the soteriological conclusion it takes you to is A) not really called for by this question and B) not consistent with the interpretive principles you've allowed to be used on the other verses.
Sep
3
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
Even as somebody who strongly agrees with the conclusion that the text refers to one God in specific, I must point out that this argument is invalid for coming to that conclusion. Not only is there not a definitive case for a definite article from this sentence alone (one must look at the context of the passage and John's writing) but Greek at the wasn't even written with the capitalization and punctuation you are looking at in the bit of text you quote. Any deductions from such are bogus. Even if you happened to get to the right conclusion, this way of "proving" is invalid.
Jun
19
comment Are there any hermeneutics principles that can be related to scientific principles?
Yes, actually when I pick up anything I do think about the rules of interpretation. When I pick up Shakespeare I remember that it what century the vocabulary is going to be from. When I pick up a Turkish newspaper I remember the special language rules involved in compressing very long words into headlines. When I read a blog post I also check on who the author is and what perspective they are coming from to help me correctly interpret their writing. When I pick up a mystery novel I note the genre and absorb it in kind.
May
8
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
In order to judge what you were saying here, I had to sort through your post and fill in articles -- both definite and indefinite as appropriate. How are we supposed to buy an unsubstantiated claim about the usage of articles out of a post that doesn't use them correctly? Beyond that, the verses you pick are terribly out of context. Colossians goes on to describe how all the fullness of God was made visible in the person of Jesus. I'm voting this down because I don't see how the argument holds water. Perhaps you can edit to fill in the gaps and make a full argument for us?
Apr
26
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
Could you edit this down to something that directly addresses this question and selectively quotes your other content as relevant backup or links it for further reading?
Apr
26
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
I realize that this is your original content, but as a generality across Stack Exchange sites we really like to see answers tailored to the exact questions asked. This is the same content dealing with the broader topic that you've posted on your block and on several other answers on both this site and C.SE. I understand that parts of it are directly relevant to this question, but each question is unique and one of the things that makes useful answers is how directly they speak to those unique issues.
Apr
17
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
Um ... no you're not exactly making sense. At least I am having a hard time following the threads here or even quite clear on what your interpretation has this meaning. Perhaps it would be useful to edit this with more of the actual verses you think are related and show how the 1st Cor text is related. Maybe connecting the dots for us will make it easier to understand where you ended up.
Apr
17
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
See the exchange on this answer of yours for more background, but you have quite a few other answers with this same issue. If there is some part of this you don't understand please feel free to bring it up in chat and we can discuss it. The requirement to show work is pretty fixed but we can help you work into it if you're willing. If you're not willing to work within these guidelines, all your time spent answering is going to end up wasted. Ball 's in your court. What do you want to do?
Apr
17
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
Mike before you go on putting time into answers, we need you to deal with the issues we've raised before. I don't want your time and energy to go to waste, but we do have very specific requirements for answers here involving needing to show your work. A lot of your previous answers are on the verge of deletion. If you keep posting more of the same, they are going to go the same route. I'm sure that's not what you want to have happen to your content, but we insist on answers here showing the interpretive process that they went through to arrive at a conclusion, not just the conclusions.
Apr
16
comment Who is an authority on what can be called a “Bible”?
@MonicaCellio What is wrong with answering this question in the scope of general biblical hermeneutics with "there isn't a central authority on the canon or what translations count but here are the generally used norms..." etc? This would not be considered a constructive question on C.SE because it is in itself not directed at any particular authority.
Apr
16
comment Is the Valley of Hinnom adequately translated as hell?
Even after your edits, I am rather confused by what your issue is here. Most of this doesn't seem to be a question so much as a ramble through philosophical and doctrinal issues. Perhaps you could start over with an edit that just features the text and word issue you would like to see analyzed and possibly shown some interpretations for?
Apr
12
comment Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
@Jas3.1 I'm not sure if this is strictly on topic or not, but if it was, here would be the best place for it because the most relevant experts are those in the ancient languages of scripture and matters of textual criticism. I'm inclined to let it be. Certainly the religion specific sites don't seem like a better home to me. There is also History and Linguistics, but seems like the best fit to me.
Apr
11
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
Whatever doctrinal points the author might have been trying to make are kind of beside the point, the take away value from a question like this on this site should be how to make the connection in the first place based on whatever clues exist in the original text. Does that make sense?
Apr
11
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
Welcome to Hermeneutics SE! I think you've got a good start on an answer her and I agree with your conclusion, but I think you're missing part of the point of this site. We're not so interested in just the conclusion of questions but in the process of getting here. You jump straight for the question to "I suggest the answer is X". Can you edit your answer to show, working from the text up, on what basis you think those verses are the correct reference here?
Apr
10
comment Who is the captain of the Lord's Host spoken of in Joshua 5:13-15?
@Tony Jewish original interpretations are definetly off topic for Christianity.SE. I have migrated your question to the site where that would be on topic and marked it of a duplicate of the question that already asks about that issue. If you have a more specific question, feel free to ask again about whatever issue isn't covered by the original question, and if you have something specific about Christian doctrine feel free to ask back over there.