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I am a web programmer by day (PHP) and work on sermons and teaching material in the evenings.

I attended Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, for a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity. I am an associate pastor at a small church in Iowa. While in seminary, my emphasis was on Old Testament studies, but Dr. Wave Nunnally introduced me to the rabbinics. Those have become a special interest as well.

I also enjoy apologetics and was a very active member of the apologetics.org forum before it went defunct.


Mar
21
comment What evidence is there to show that Granville Sharp's Rule is authentic?
Yeah, you aren't going to get a better answer than the Wallace article linked above. He works through what the rule states and doesn't state, goes over undebated examples of when it applies in the NT, and examines Greek outside the Testament (classical and patristic uses). I'd call it an exhaustive article. Wallace writes in his conclusion: "Consequently, in Titus 2:13 and 2 Pet 1:1 we are compelled to recognize that, on a grammatical level, a heavy burden of proof rests with the one who wishes to deny that 'God and Savior' refers to one person, Jesus Christ."
Mar
21
revised What evidence is there to show that Granville Sharp's Rule is authentic?
Added a definition of Granville Sharp's Rule.
Mar
21
comment How do you reconcile I Tim 2 saying that a woman is not to teach a man and the account of Priscilla and Aquila teaching Apollos who was a man?
Even though it ends in an "a" (which we think of as a feminine ending), Aquila was a man's name then. Priscilla was his wife.
Mar
20
revised Why doesn't Hebrews mention the temple (naos) anywhere?
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Mar
20
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
I finally remembered what I was thinking. I learned Hebrew first, so the difference in articles looks from that point of view as a change from prefix to suffix.
Mar
19
revised Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
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Mar
19
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
@fdb, by changes, I did not mean to indicate that either was older than the other or that one was a modified form of the other.
Mar
19
comment Are there any Biblical scholars/textual critics who think the Gospels originally are in Greek?
@user1361315, Bruce, Daniel, and the vast majority of NT scholars believe Greek was first. Sorry I didn't specify.
Mar
19
comment Are there any Biblical scholars/textual critics who think the Gospels originally are in Greek?
@Rick, if you are interested in that topic, I highly recommend *Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus".
Mar
19
comment Are there any Biblical scholars/textual critics who think the Gospels originally are in Greek?
Bruce Metzger, Daniel Wallace, and almost all the others. And the Church Fathers do comment on this. Jerome and others say that Matthew alone was written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek. This was unique among the NT books. Greek was the language they spoke of the rest of the books being written in. And there are a handful of Greek manuscripts that are estimated to be within a century of their originals (P52 for example).
Mar
19
comment Historically have scholars always believed the NT was written in other than Greek?
I am aware of only a few western scholars who doubt the NT being originally in Greek. Even those typically limit the possibility to a book or two being in something else. (In the east, there are more.) Can you provide some source for your statement that the majority believe it was not written in Greek?
Mar
19
revised Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
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Mar
16
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
6
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Difference among “Word”, “word” and “Doctrine”
Feb
25
answered Who is “that (the) Prophet” in John 1:21? Is “that Prophet” Muhammad, as Islam teaches?
Feb
25
awarded  Sportsmanship
Feb
25
answered What do we know about Paul's family?
Feb
25
comment What do we know about Paul's family?
A Rabbinic citation for men to be married by 20 is Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 29b and 30a sets the minimum age at 16 or 18 at the latest. My summary doesn't have the phrase "cursed be his bones" there or I would edit it in. Mine has "God is angry at him."