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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.


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.
Apr
10
comment Who is the captain of the Lord's Host spoken of in Joshua 5:13-15?
@TonyJays: The Biblical Hermeneutics site is part of the same network of QnA sites, and were are lots of crossover users, but the scope of the site is rather different than here. Over there, Jewish as well as Christian exegetical work is in scope and questions do not have to be directed at specific doctrinal traditions. Instead they must be rooted in a specific textual issue. Some questions could be asked either place, but the kind of answer you'll get is rather different. Do you want to know how the text was originally understood or whether Christians have any doctrine related to this text?
Apr
10
comment Who is the captain of the Lord's Host spoken of in Joshua 5:13-15?
@SSumner Technically things across different SE sites are not duplicates. I've dropped your comment in favor of one that does't cause confusion about what qualifies as a "duplicate" since that is terminology we use when closing questions here.
Mar
20
comment Meaning of N .. N+1 pattern in Amos, Proverbs, Job and Psalms
I see there perhaps some non-overlapping aspects of these two questions, but most of it seems to be along the same lines. If you would like to see answers address the different aspects of this question, please edit it to be focused on just the non-duplicate parts, then we can reopen and not have people plagued with doubt on where to put their answer. Until this clearly takes a different directly, I'm letting it stand as a marker to the other other questions. We can re-open it as independent after an edit. Thanks for understanding.
Mar
5
comment Where does the Tanakh differ from the Christian Old Testament?
Variants of this question have also been asked here and here on C.SE.
Mar
1
comment New American Standard Bible vs English Standard Version: Which one's more faithful to the original text?
@JonEricson: Since Jack was the one to close this I think he should have some input on it's reopening. I went ahead and hit the button, with the qualification that this will need to be subject to the rules of Good Subjective Bad Subjective. Additionally, I'm concerned about the existing answer (esp the accepted check mark). And thoughts? trusktr?
Feb
18
comment The splitting of the Mount of Olives
Mike, can I ask that you cite some sources with your answers? You make a lot of claims about what things do or don't mean, but I honestly don't know where most of them are coming from.
Jan
25
comment Does Theophilus of Antioch's statement have any bearing on interpreting Mathew 5:28?
It looks like you got your wires crossed and ended up with two accounts. I have merged them for you. This way the reputation you earn will start opening up new privileges for you instead of being divided across accounts. Also, you should be able to edit your own posts without needing reviews. If you have any concerns please feel free to flag for a moderator or catch anybody in Biblical Hermeneutics Chat for help.
Jan
24
comment Who is speaking in Song of Solomon 8:6-7?
@swasheck: The reason I migrated here instead of just closing (it doesn't work any way you look at it on C.SE) is I was hoping it could be framed in a way that any gaps could be filled in. See my edits.
Jan
24
comment Does Theophilus of Antioch's statement have any bearing on interpreting Mathew 5:28?
Please take the time and effort to compose your posts using proper capitalization. This is a supposed to be a scholarly site with academic level content. You appeal to only wanting scholarly responses, but please make the effort yourself to make your question readable. Thank you.
Jan
24
comment Does Theophilus of Antioch's statement have any bearing on interpreting Mathew 5:28?
The plea for scholarly responses based on a knowledge of Greek should be unnecessary here, that should be all you get in the first place. If you don't, we can deal with that.
Jan
22
comment Jesus is both the good shepherd and the gate - Is it the same parable or two different?
I'd to see some actual history research on this too. I'd like to see somebody with some data explaining the shepherding habits of the 1st century the Nazareth area villages. I'm pretty sure from my own experience this is on the right track, but a Sunday School illustration doesn't help settle the matter.
Jan
22
comment Jesus is both the good shepherd and the gate - Is it the same parable or two different?
I don't know about the historical usage (and am interested in seeing answers here) but I've seen this physically done in modern day Turkey. Even if some preachers are telling it as an imaginary scene, it is also quite real and produces a ready image for the right audience.
Jan
22
comment Reading the Bible via verse and chapter and not getting the intended meaning?
Hmmmm. I agree that this question is too broad to be constructive as-is in the SE format. At the same time I have an answer rattling around in my head. Maybe if I can figure out what much more specific question could be asked to which my thoughts would be an answer...