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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.


Jul
11
comment What did the 70 elders see, if man can't see God and live?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! Thanks for your answer. What we strive for here is for questions arising from the text and answers dealing with that text and related texts. This reads more like an answer from personal experience while we are looking for scholarly work. Can you revise? Also, the questioner has requested that the answers be from a Tanakh (Hebrew canon only) perspective.
Jul
10
comment Why is this same word translated both “they”, “he” and “him” in Luke 10:38?
Like this: net.bible.org/#!bible/Luke+10:38. That'll get you to the verse in the text side and then just scroll for the notes.
Jul
5
comment How can we ensure a given “chiasm” was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?
If you just have the idea at the start and end with differing amounts in the middle, that sounds more like an inclusio than a chiasm.
Jul
3
comment What does “My Lord and my God” Mean?
See this for grammar reasons as to why the lack of article doesn't mean Jesus is just "a god".
Jun
26
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
Welcome aboard! I agree that Hebrew verbs must be translated from context, but it would help readers if you would use the scholarly-accepted names for Hebrew verb states. I had to read this a few times to get the sense of what you are saying. Are my edits in line with your intentions?
Jun
21
comment Acts 23:6: Were Sadducces different in their outward apparel from the Pharisees?
I never thought about this, but it's a great question.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, Acts 23:6 "Then when Paul noticed that part of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, he shouted out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead!" Paul didn't merely state his beliefs. He took the opportunity to identify squarely with one side of the council and say that the charges were an attack against one of their core doctrines.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, it was Paul's fault that the particular meeting was adjourned in dissension. But the two groups making up the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had been at odds over doctrine and practice for years at this point.
Jun
19
comment Differences in Genesis creation stories
Also the two kinds of vegetation here are specified as "of the field."
Jun
19
comment Can the word translated as “messiah” be considered a title when referring to Jesus?
Last names weren't used the same way back then as now. Can you show some evidence that Paul regarded Christos as the last name of Jesus of Nazareth?
Jun
17
comment Who is Wisdom in Proverbs
@H3br3wHamm3r81 reminds me of "If you have wisdom, what do you lack? And if you lack wisdom, what do you have?" Leviticus Rabbah)
Jun
17
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
Where to put the quotation marks is a big question when translating Job. The same issue described in that question appears in this chapter. Job and the others all speak in the first person at some point in their speeches. Just one example for each: Job (3:2), Eliphaz (4:12), Bildad (8:9), Zophar (20:2), and Elihu (32:6). So 1st person doesn't help us narrow down an author.
Jun
13
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
I changed the 3rd to 1st since that is what the KJV has and added some links and the verses most central to your argument.
Jun
13
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
The Scriptures are not encrypted. The Father, Son, and Spirit want us to read and understand them. There are things that an unbeliever will not understand, granted, but the vast majority is for us to understand. This should not be taken that we are the final authority, but remember "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim 3:16).
Jun
11
comment How is it that Jesus could be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”?
Regarding note 5: The Hebrew word for "and" is commonly used to show that the following sentence is part of the same narrative as the prior sentence. For good translation into English, that word isn't always translated. If we did, entire chapters of the Old Testament would be one sentence long (I do not exaggerate). That's bad English.
Jun
10
comment Do modern interpreters use the methods of Talmudical hermeneutics?
I found a couple of places talking about Akiva's belief from the final paragraph but none of them gave a primary-source quotation that it was drawn from. Instead, they drew it from several statements which when put together come to that conclusion. In other words, they apply Binyan ab mi-shene ketubim to Akiva's teachings to determine his methodology. I find that appropriate.
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."