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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.


May
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reviewed Reviewed Can “avenge” be substituted for “require” in Genesis 9:5?
May
30
comment What happened with the translation of 1 Samuel 1:24?
@IonicăBizău, I see no problem with a young na'ar being six years old.
May
30
revised What happened with the translation of 1 Samuel 1:24?
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May
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answered What happened with the translation of 1 Samuel 1:24?
May
30
comment “blashemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” — Is “forgiven” the best word for what is meant?
Which meaning of the Peshitta word would you use here in Matthew? Also, would you be able to transliterate that? I'd like to look at its cognate in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew. (And, you're right, Jesus used word plays all over the place. It's a very Hebrew thing to do.)
May
28
comment What does John 8:57 mean by “ Jesus wasn't yet 50 years old but he already saw Abraham”?
@JackDouglas, I don't have my resources with me this morning, but there is a Jewish tradition of groups of venerated rabbis (minimum age being above 50). Some of these groups experienced visions of the great pillars of Jewish faith. I have often suspected that they are saying he isn't old enough to be a member.
May
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reviewed No Action Needed What does John 8:57 mean by “ Jesus wasn't yet 50 years old but he already saw Abraham”?
May
28
reviewed No Action Needed What does John 8:57 mean by “ Jesus wasn't yet 50 years old but he already saw Abraham”?
May
27
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@Titanium, thank you for your edit. As my comments no longer apply to the answer, I have deleted them.
May
20
comment Is LXX “Enoch pleased God” a reasonable idiomatic translation of Hebrew “Enoch walked with God”?
@JohnMartin, Enoch and Noah are the only ones I find who are explicitly stated using the phrase "walked with God." There are implications such as in Psalm 119:105 where the psalmist obviously intends to walk in the light provided by the Lord's light. Gen 48:15 comes very close also: "...May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked..."
May
20
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
>Hebrew stopped being spoken and written after the Exile. That is patently false. The Dead Sea Scrolls are post-exilic and most of them are Hebrew. The books of Maccabees were originally in Hebrew. Tobit was originally in Hebrew. There are letters, engravings, and coins in Hebrew post-exilic.
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
19
answered Language question in Mark 15:34
May
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revised Language question in Mark 15:34
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May
16
reviewed Reviewed What did people do with children in biblical times when people gathered as a congregation?
May
16
revised What did people do with children in biblical times when people gathered as a congregation?
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May
15
reviewed No Action Needed Why pray, “lead us not into temptation”?
May
15
comment Was Barabbas' given name Jesus?
Abba as a name for God was actually used in Judaism. It appears in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmudic literature. bt Taan 23b tells of Abba Chilkiah who prayed God would send rain for some schoolchildren who had asked him (Abba, the wrong Abba) to make rain. He prayed answer the prayer of these children who cannot tell the difference in "the Abba who can give rain and the Abba who cannot give rain."
May
15
reviewed No Action Needed Is Saul's insult intended to be incoherent?
May
15
reviewed Reject What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?