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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.


Feb
20
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, I removed the reference to "within/among." Interesting article. Just in reference to your final statement, I used to be astonished by how indisputable things were disputed by people disputed but am no longer surprised.
Feb
20
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
See my answer here for more details on the two being the same. hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4251/…
Feb
20
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
For the example you gave, yes those verses refer to the same thing. I will give more details in a separate answer and add a link here. It's a good question in itself and I don't want to detract from the stated question.
Feb
19
comment How many people were involved in the Exodus?
@MonicaCellio, I might be noticing a pattern. If the word appears with numbers, it means "thousand." If it appears without numbers, it may mean division but does not have to. That's a preliminary hypothesis and would need more research.
Feb
18
comment How many people were involved in the Exodus?
@MonicaCellio, guess not. Is there anywhere in Numbers that aleph works as "unit"? Beyond taking a verse in isolation of its context?
Feb
18
comment What does it mean to be a Nazarite?
Thanks, Mike. Do you have any information on how the Nazarites were viewed over time? Such as in the ITP and Talmudic periods?
Feb
12
comment If Joshua can be translated why Is the name of Jesus translated “Jesus” but his name in hebrew was Joshua?
@MonicaCellio, Yes it would. Koine Greek does not have a stand-alone letter H and has to use a rough breathing mark for Hebrew names Hosea.
Feb
4
comment How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics!
Feb
1
comment How sure can we be that Archippus was a church leader?
Welcome to Bib Herm! I took the liberty of adding the verses into your question since they are short. It's a good question.
Jan
31
comment Was Origen Adamantius an “allegorist” in the modern sense of the word?
That would be a fair and accurate summation.
Jan
29
comment Was Origen Adamantius an “allegorist” in the modern sense of the word?
See my bio for more of my credentials.
Jan
27
comment Does Paul reject the idea of celebrating holidays in Galatians?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, with John pointing out that it Jesus is in the Temple during the Feast of Dedication, I think we can safely conclude that Jesus was joining in with the celebrants.
Jan
15
comment The beloved disciple vs Peter
Traditionally, the order is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Many modern academics put order them as Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John.
Jan
10
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
amazon.com/Introduction-Aramaic-Second-Resources-Biblical/dp/… is the textbook I used. But I would also carefully consider this one: amazon.com/Basics-Biblical-Aramaic-Complete-Annotated/dp/…
Dec
12
comment What does the living sacrifice mean in Romans 12:1?
It means don't crawl off the altar.
Dec
4
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
Good answer. In the Exodus, they experience God as the great I Am while before they had heard the name. The difference is in knowing someone and knowing of someone.
Nov
1
comment Psalm 23 - long long pursuit of the house of the LORD
"All translation is commentary" reminds me of Hillel the Elder in Shabbat 31a, “Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. This is the whole of Torah; the rest is commentary. Go now and study the commentary.”
Oct
31
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
even though you used Wright (a trustworthy source), I can't upvote because there is no link between aggelos and phantasmos. (I'm not downvoting either. :))
Oct
31
comment What is the “fourfold sense of Scripture”?
Welcome to BH! I like how you addressed how we can apply it today. I changed your square brackets to parentheses (the two have different meanings and parens work with what you are trying to say). I also placed your example into the numbered list to show the four levels more clearly. I hope you stay around and answer more!
Oct
30
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Right. I'm suggesting studies in the Greek of the NT and the Greek LXX to determine the meaning of a word in question. How English translations have handled the word can weigh in but it is further down the list of authorities. I remember a discussion several years ago where someone argued from Strong's Concordance, "See. The word can mean X sometimes so it can that here." It was lost on him that Strong was simply showing the different ways the KJV had translated the word, not arguing that it was correct to do so.