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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
22
comment When the Kingdom of Israel split, what happened to Benjamin?
Inspired by looking at Hammer's answer to this question.
Mar
22
asked When the Kingdom of Israel split, what happened to Benjamin?
Mar
21
revised How should Psalm 22:16 read?
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Mar
20
comment Does Deuteronomy 12:21 reference a missing commandment?
Regarding some of the connections I've seen in the Midrash and Talmud, that the rabbis couldn't make a connection speaks volumes.
Mar
20
comment Pre-Christian, Jewish interpretation of Psalm 22
I have added an answer to a related question: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4489/….
Mar
20
answered How should Psalm 22:16 read?
Mar
19
revised What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
completed abbrev. Changed spacing and grammar (placement of parentheses).
Mar
18
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
18
revised God and Passive Hebrew tense and aspect
edited body
Mar
17
revised What is “apocalyptic” literature?
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Mar
16
comment What is the proper translation of Hosea 11:12?
This is a fantastic work through of Hosea 11:12! I really enjoyed it and the work is top notch.
Mar
15
revised What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
Added link to more Josephus information
Mar
14
comment Who were the Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews of Acts 6:1?
1 Maccabees lists the sins of Judea that required internal reform. #1 on the list was Hellenization: removing the marks of their circumcision, attending the gymnasium (a place to discuss Greek philosophy as well as work out naked-serious problems), and leaving the covenant. vv. 11-15 (quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/r/rsv/rsv-idx?type=DIV1&byte=4219672). Things got worse from there (v. 54 tells of the final straw-a foreign offering upon the altar in the Temple).
Mar
13
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@Sarah, it seems that the earliest reference for a Syriac translation (and not the Peshitta, even) is AD 160-180. However, that is not based on having a manuscript from that time, but a quote of Eusebius. In Church History IV xxii, he refers to the "Gospel according to the Hebrew and the Syriac Gospel." (Please note that he here distinguishes between Hebrew and Syriac.) In fact, it is known that there were versions of the Aramaic that existed before the Peshitta (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshitta#Old_Syriac_texts). That rules out Apostolic authority on the Peshitta.
Mar
13
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@Sarah, my most recent edit addresses some of this. Almost wherever Aramaic was spoken, so to was Greek. Going into that one language covered a lot of territory and hit many more people. Most people to the west of Judea didn't speak Aramaic. However, both directions spoke Greek. In theory, both of your items are possible. They could have been translated early into Aramaic, but we have no manuscript evidence of this. What we have is the tradition of a group who want their work to be first. Most books of the NT have an audience in mind. Those first audiences were in Greek cities.
Mar
13
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@Sarah, I've seen their examples. Those problems can be answered just as easily by Jesus speaking Mishnaic Hebrew and the Apostles thinking in it. For example, sone' exists in Hebrew from the (OT) Biblical period throughout the Mishnaic (it may be in Modern Hebrew as well, but I have not studied that language). Likewise, "son of peace." The Hebrew would be "ben shalom." Shalom carries the same range of meaning as its Aramaic cousin.
Mar
13
revised What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
Added bibliography
Mar
13
revised What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
Added bibliography
Mar
13
revised What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
Added paragraph about the early manuscripts.
Mar
13
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
The problem this raises for AP is that they argue that ALL of the NT comes from Aramaic. If even one book is shown to be in Greek, then their argument falls flat. Obviously, the Scriptures were translated for the regions they were being taken to. Those that were going east would be taken from Greek to Aramaic. But we have no evidence for Aramaic originals while there is plenty for Greek originals.