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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
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comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@Sarah, there are people who argue for parts of the NT to have been in Hebrew originally. Papias, the early church father argues such for Matthew (and that undermines the claims of the Aramaic primacists). Dr. Nunnally teaches that Luke had a Hebrew source for the books of Luke and Acts (up to chapter 16 when Luke joins the missionary party). It is also evident in much of the NT that the authors were used to thinking in Hebrew even though they wrote in Greek.
Mar
13
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@Sarah, you are correct about the trade and coins. The Hebrew on the coins also indicates that Hebrew was known by the common people. You put words on currency that people can understand. If Hebrew were an academic language at the time, then the coins should have also had Aramaic. That they did not (with the exception of AJ's one series), tells us that Hebrew thrived in the Land among the common people.
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answered What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
Mar
12
comment What is Paul's advice on anger?
I was going to check the LXX this morning. Good job on the verbs.
Mar
12
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Mar
12
comment How Is the Date of Composition of the Gospels Estimated?
Are you looking for the general method as Jon describes or more specifics from internal clues of the books? For example, Luke shows an interest in this kind of events (he records them at X, Y, and Z). However, he does not record two similar events which would make his case well. We can thus infer that he wrote Acts before those events took place.
Mar
11
comment What is “apocalyptic” literature?
"Christian, though not necessarily orthodox, non-canonical, apocalyptic writings" may contain the most qualifiers I have ever used to modify a noun.
Mar
11
answered What is “apocalyptic” literature?
Mar
11
comment What does Jesus mean by generation when talking about the end times?
"Already, but not yet." The Kingdom is here, but the Kingdom is really coming later. We see a free figuring but not the whole.
Mar
11
comment Upon whom do we call? Reconciling OT & NT
You have really great questions, Sarah.
Mar
10
comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
"One of the largest collections of Imperial Aramaic texts is that of the Persepolis fortification tablets, which number about five hundred." That's a BC find of Imperial Aramaic. [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic_language#Ancient_Aramaic]
Mar
10
comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
Actually, there are inscriptions of Aramaic that date back to 1,000 BC. The wiki article on it's history accurately reflects the archeological findings of Aramaic from the BC era.
Mar
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What were the major objections that Augustine had with Jerome's translation of the Hebrew Bible?
Mar
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comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
@Dan, Bivin and Blizzard have written Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus. It approaches it from a Hebrew perspective (and they argue against Aramaic).
Mar
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answered Was casting the lot in Acts 1:26 a vote or a lottery?
Mar
8
comment What is the difference between ζωὴ and ψυχὴ?
I would be interested to see how what each words translates in the Septuagint and if that shows a helpful pattern.