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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 Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
@Daи, I've got some good progress on an answer, but I'm trying to search through the Church Fathers for their citations of Matt 28:19. Should I post what I've got and edit later or wait till I've got it all?
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comment Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
You have a gift for coming up with good questions and shaping them, Susan.
Jul
28
comment Rod and Staff (Psalm 23)
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! We're a little different than other sites. Can you show some scriptural passages where staff and rod are used of mental and physical persuasion? That would help this answer greatly.
Jul
28
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
Bart Ehrman, an agnostic, textual critic, and no trinitarian believes the long reading to be original. When a man who tries to undermine Christianity at every turn says the long reading is original, it should give those who argue against it pause. Eusebius had a tendency to abbreviate (as did many in antiquity). At other times, he quotes the long version (Contra Marcellum I.1.9; I.1.36; Theologia III. 5.22; EpCaesarea 3 (Socrates, Eccl.Hist 1.8); Psalms 117.1-4; Theophania 4.8).
Jul
28
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
Lot of quote mining in that pdf. Without full scholarly citations, it is impossible to track most of them down. They might go on to argue against the very quote that is lifted for inclusion. Can't tell without full references. For example, Cardinal Ratzinger said that when, where, in what context? Under what article was that citation of the Catholic Encyclopedia? Volume and page don't help without edition.
Jul
28
comment Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
@Pacerier, no. I was explaining the rabbinic commentary illustrating the wordplay between sane and Sinai.
Jul
25
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
@caseyr547, he doesn't need to be well traveled. Greek was the lingua franca of the Roman Empire, and Aramaic was spoken to the east (though not as much as it had been in the past). Literary and archeological evidence (see above and Jon's answer) shows that Greek, Aramaic, and Mishnaic Hebrew were all spoken in the Land.
Jul
25
comment What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?
@caseyr547, if you have good evidence against, you are welcome to post your own answer.
Jul
25
comment What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?
@caseyr547, if you want to quote Kelber (while disagreeing with Millard), you should find the primary source where Kelber states this. That reading and writing were common in Judea and Galilee before, after, and during Jesus' day is well established by archeology and literary discoveries. That link deals mainly with what language was known in the time, but it also deals with the literary evidence that shows how we can determine that.
Jul
25
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
@davidbrainerd, that is true. When I do the full answer, as Dan has requested (I planned on that as I edited the question to reopen it), I do intend to look at the dates of the manuscripts and not just the dates of the authors lives. And this conspiracy relies on the conspirators missing the writings of one of their contemporaries, Eusebius.
Jul
23
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
ON BAPTISM For there has been imposed a law of baptizing, and its form prescribed: Go, [Jesus] says, teach the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. Tertullian wrote that quote before his death c. 225. That's a century before Nicea.
Jul
23
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
Didache 7:1 Concerning baptism, you should baptize this way: After first explaining all things, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in flowing water.
Jul
23
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
Since something like the full text of Matthew 28:19 is found in the Didache (AD 50-70 at the earliest and generally early second century at the latest), is alluded to twice by Tertullian (d. 225) in On Baptism and Against Praxeas, and by several other church fathers before Nicea, Nicea (c. 325) couldn't have added it.
Jul
22
comment In Genesis 28:13, is the Lord above or beside Jacob?
@Davïd, thank you. That clears some things up in my mind (why the first and second were different). I plan on checking BDB.
Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
Can you show the verses from Thessalonians and Corinthians where Paul has visited them? Likewise with Colossians as to why you conclude he had not? Looking for patterns/similar verses in Scripture would be on-topic, but without those, this might be read as a question looking for a text.
Jul
21
comment Was or wasn’t Shem’s son Arphaxad born on the ark?
A reference for the claim is needed. Maybe draw an analogy with the kings (or judges or anything where time is kept). Can you find one with a statement where we would recon the rule to be one more year than what the Bible lists?
Jul
17
comment Is there any significance to the shift between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Genesis 1?
@Susan, I've added a section on how Gesenius explained the formation of cardinals and ordinals in his grammar.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@ScottS, I should not have made the comment about boggling the mind. That was unnecessary and rude of me. My apologies.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
I will also note that your link states that it might be The Testament of Moses (which has a lost ending) which contains the account Jude draws from (in the lost portion) and that the tradition of angels disputing with the Devil starts in Zech 3:2 but grows strong in the early Jewish literature (CD-A V 17-18; 1QS III,18-25; T. Ash 6:4-6). A few pages later it states that Jude is quoting 1 Enoch 1:9 in 14-16.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@ScottS, I had already noted in my answer that Jude could be combining a couple of apocryphal works as we have no complete manuscript of Assumption. That's fine for my stance of literary influence.