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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.


Jun
7
comment Genesis 23 — Why does the Bible change the spelling of Ephron's name?
I was probably thinking of some of the things I've read Akiva do in interpretation. Such as where he draws meanings based on the shape of the letters. And those letters in 23:10,11 may or may not have been used at writing time. We don't know exactly when the matres were first introduced.
Jun
7
comment Locations of the graves of the Patriarchs
Because the event happened and needs to be detailed.
Jun
7
comment Locations of the graves of the Patriarchs
You think Luke should have changed the words of the speaker?
Jun
7
comment Genesis 23 — Why does the Bible change the spelling of Ephron's name?
@BruceJames, read my answer again. I said that the matres were in place before the Masoretes. (as you can see, I have not edited since you made this comment.) See especially: "Before the use of niqqud, a system of differentiating words came about that marked when a long vowel should be pronounced. This system, known today by the Latin name matres lectionis (i.e. "mothers of reading") uses certain consonants (aleph, he, yod, and waw) to mark where a long vowel would be and thus differentiate between words that otherwise would be spelt the same way."
Jun
5
comment Why does the Peshitta use the word ‘baptism’ for ‘enlightened’ in Hebrews 6:4?
@TimGallant, if we asked a question on why the two were linked, would you provide the essay?
May
9
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@hannes, God is not predicative in ho theos agape estin. ho theos is the subject. agape is the part to move after the verb when we translate. And I am arguing against uncap in John 1:1.
May
9
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@hannes, right. It's a case where translating literally would destroy the meaning.
May
1
comment At what point did Abraham know he was talking to God in Genesis 18?
I like how you distinguish what the author knows and what Abraham knows. Very good focus.
May
1
comment Who were the scholars responsible for the New English Translation?
I didn't realize so many of them were Dallas Theological Seminary.
Apr
29
comment By what Name did God reveal Himself to Abraham?
Saw the question and had a flashback! They aren't duplicates but the title reminded me of the other one.
Apr
29
comment What are the Pharisees saying to search in John 7:52?
I like how you started with finding other uses of "search" in John.
Apr
29
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
"In this coin (above link), you will read this Aramaic inscription - SHMOWN NSYA YSRAL." If this one coin being in Aramaic proves that Aramaic was the spoken language, what does the plethora of coins with Hebrew inscriptions from the Hasmonean period prove?
Apr
29
comment Genesis 23 — Why does the Bible change the spelling of Ephron's name?
Thank you for expanding the answer. It is very nice.
Apr
27
comment Where does the Tanakh differ from the Christian Old Testament?
@JonEricson, #4 should read "One textual tradition of the Tanakh is called the Masoretic Text." It's like in NT studies there are the different families of manuscripts; Western, Receptus, and Alexandrian.
Apr
26
comment Genesis 23 — Why does the Bible change the spelling of Ephron's name?
Welcome to BH! Thank you for providing the rabbinic answer to this question. We hope you like it here and continue to provide answers from a Jewish perspective. We certainly welcome it!
Apr
26
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
"Through Josephus, we know the extreme rarity of a Jew speaking Greek even at the end of first century AD. We also don't see people speaking Hebrew in first century AD either." Archeology shows us that this statement is flat wrong. Greek and Hebrew were well known in the Land in the first century. Josephus also records that the soldiers defending the walls of Jerusalem made a pun out of incoming that only works in Hebrew (not Aramaic). Josephus several times draws a distinction between what his people speak and Aramaic.
Apr
26
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
You are aware of the astounding amount of archeological research that has been made since on Israel since the Latin Patriarch made that statement in 1962.
Apr
25
comment Was Jesus unaware of Joel 2:32?
I like what you're saying here, Hannes. Joel referred to those who mean it when they cry out "Lord, Lord." Jesus meant that those who give Him lip service wouldn't be saved. And I really like how you have brought the context of danger vs. impressing others. Good work!
Apr
24
comment Locations of the graves of the Patriarchs
Luke would record it because he is interested in preserving an accurate record of what his witness said. He can't go and change the words of his witnesses. Stephen shows a pattern of telescoping in his speech. And as the sources (for example, Josephus is a knowledgeable Jew of the same time period and his tradition doesn't match the Tanakh either), I point out show, traditions of the patriarch's burial were all over the place. Stephen is doing midrash, simple as that. Knowledgeable Jews of the period would be fine with midrash.
Apr
12
comment What does λεστες mean in Mark 11:17?
There's a lot here that doesn't address the questions: 'Were these common thieves stealing from the marketplace or peoples' homes? Or is "outlaws" a better rendering? What kind of criminal does this refer to (specifically I'm interested in 11:17)?'