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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.


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comment Is Peter referring to the world of the flood or the pre-Adamite world in 2 Peter 3:6?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! You do a great job bringing the message together.
1d
comment Did the Preacher apply his heart or his mind to the task?
@davidbrainerd, I was thinking more of how we understand heart now (emotional) and people reading this in one of the older translations.
1d
comment Is there additional significance in the pairings of the twelve disciples?
As a tax collector, Matthew would be expected to be a "by the numbers" man. Thomas, as we see in John, is a "I have to see it" man. That could be a reason to pair them.
1d
comment Was Adam created as a fully grown man or as a baby?
@fdb, thank you. I went through several variations on that phrase trying to avoid the legal wording and came up with nothing better.
1d
comment The burial of Adam and Eve
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. We're a little different from other sites. We require questions to start from a text, and we proceed from there. As Dannii said, all the biblical information we have is in Gen 5:4. You could search traditions (Jewish and Christian) or speculative novels, but that's all we have.
Aug
15
comment Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
Comments aren't meant to stay forever and may be deleted after a time. It's best if you can edit the references and information into the answer. Here's more references to Hebrew being the [language of Heaven] for you (hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/8984/…): The rabbis spoke of Hebrew as the language of Heaven (Sifre to Deuteronomy 333; BT Shabbat 115a; Bava Batra 82a; Hagigah 16a, etc.; Bereshit Rabba 18:4; Kohelet Rabba 7:8, etc.).
Aug
14
comment What shape was Noah's Ark?
@kenorb, added the references. Good catch.
Aug
14
comment What does it mean for Elisha to want “a double portion” from Elijah?
@Jas3.1, I'd love to see that as an answer and not a comment.
Aug
11
comment Who were the Pharisees?
@BruceJames, so where do the descriptions of hypocritical pharisees come from in Sota 22b?
Aug
11
comment Who were the Pharisees?
@BruceJames, some of Jesus' interactions with Pharisees are positive and some are negative. The Talmud (Sota 22b) says there were 7 types of Pharisees, and most of those types were negative (definitely 5, maybe 6). Some read the God Quaker as negative, others as positive). Some of those types certainly are hypocrites: the shoulder wants his good deeds to be seen, the bruised closes his eyes to keep from seeing women (and thus be tempted) and walks into walls, the humpback walks in false humility.
Aug
11
comment How can Ruth “return” to a place she had never been?
@BruceJames, I look forward to it.
Aug
9
comment How can Ruth “return” to a place she had never been?
@user2479, I actually did a whole paper on proselytism while in seminary and repentance in the OT (which uses shub) for part of another. I'm hoping for other insights to shub.
Aug
8
comment Does the adulterer in Matthew 5:32 cause the spouse to commit adultery or make her a victim of adultery?
@Sarah, that would be fine. Thank you!
Aug
8
comment When was Ruth written?
I've asked another question about the word shub in Ruth 1. If you would like to explain more of the concept of shub there, it would be greatly appreciated.
Aug
8
comment Is Deuteronomy 22:28 talking about rape?
@JackDouglas, 50 shekels then would buy 1.4 slaves. Look for the section "A Question of Cost" for a breakdown by time period. Exodus-Dt fit in the late second millennium.
Aug
8
comment What is the true name of our creator?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! We're a little different than other sites. For one thing, here we have to start with a text and work outward. This question goes the other way. You might get better answers to what you seek on Christianity.SE. I'll flag this for a moderator's attention.
Aug
8
comment Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! We're a little different from other sites. For one thing, could you give us a reference to the "some" who infer Hebrew as the language of Heaven?
Aug
8
comment Does the adulterer in Matthew 5:32 cause the spouse to commit adultery or make her a victim of adultery?
@Sarah, I'm sorry. I've got a sermon this Sunday, so my time here has been curtailed temporarily. No promises, but unlikely I'll get to answer something taking a lot of time. (And I see Jack has a good answer.)
Aug
7
comment Did Jesus call God YHWH?
You might note that I've already worked that into my answer... As the word exists in both Mishnaic Hebrew and Aramaic, and Jesus is quoting a Hebrew psalm, doing so in Mishnaic Hebrew makes more sense than in Aramaic.
Aug
7
comment Did Jesus call God YHWH?
The verbal root sabak also exists in Mishnaic Hebrew.