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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.


Sep
10
comment Assessments of the evidence for the “Gap Theory” reading of Genesis 1:1-2?
My answer in the file (partially formatted) is 5,929 words and 12 pages long. I still have a couple of notes to fill in (i.e. in places it says find the rule in Waltke/O'Connor). My answer is actually 4000 letters too long for SE.
Sep
2
comment How can the translation of δοξης as “glory” in Romans 3:23 be justified?
I like this answer. Can you show that the Septuagint used doxa for kabod? That would really connect the dots for people.
Aug
28
comment Did Judas repent or feel remorse?
@fdb, does it impact your statement any that of the 40 times "repent" appearances in the KJV NT, this is the only time they follow it with "himself" (or any reflexive pronoun)? And they never put "himself" after repent in the OT. There are ~80 occurrences of the word translated.
Aug
27
comment Did Judas repent or feel remorse?
@Susan, partly from my own spending a lot of time in the KJV and noting that other uses of the word were in the same form but this was the only one where they added "himself." Matthew Henry says, "He repented himself; that is, he was filled with grief, anguish, and indignation, at himself, when reflecting upon what he had done." He then goes on to compare Peter's repentance to salvation and Judas' to destruction. With Henry's commentary being ~100 years after KJV, his understanding of the phrase would be similar to theirs.
Aug
21
comment How credible is the theory that Enki and Ninhursag influenced Genesis 2 and 3?
"you will find that the differences stand out much more than the similarities". This is so important. For example, in so many of the other Flood stories, the gods send the flood not because humanity is sinful, but because humanity is noisy and keeping the gods from their [beauty] sleep! The gods also forgot that they need humans to make sacrifices (feeding the gods). The gods are, in these, little more than people with super egos, super powers, and short tempers. The stories make people feel good about themselves while the Bible shows the majesty of God and the sinfulness of humanity.
Aug
21
comment How can Paul (Saul), be considered a “young man” when Stephen was stoned?
I first read "R.J. Knowling" as "J.K. Rowling," and thought "What?" I think I need caffeine.
Aug
21
comment Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?
@davidbrainerd, for plausible deniability to work, you'd want to change more than one reference. Instead, this "conspiracy" changes 1 and leaves 6. That's backwards.
Aug
20
comment What were the wise men?
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Aug
19
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.
Aug
19
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.
Aug
18
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.
Aug
18
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.
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!