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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.


May
7
comment Why modern translations of Mark 7:4 omit some words at the end of the verse?
@GrzegorzAdamKowalski, I have edited to answer your question. I was in such a rush this morning, that I didn't realize I had left that part out. Whoops!
May
6
comment How does a Bible translator know if it is a poem?
@fdb, Beyond the wikipedia page, there is a plethora of evidence that Mishnaic Hebrew was alive and well in the land among the common people of the first century.
May
5
comment On what basis do some modern Bible manuscripts omit Matt. 17:21?
@KodeKreachor, if you are wondering why the verse number is skipped, that is because the numbers are for reference only (not part of the original) but they are consistent across versions that use them. This allows readers to go directly to the verse as their pastor reads. If they changed the numbers there would be much confusion.
Apr
29
comment What is the meaning of the genitive absolute in Hebrews 4:3?
Welcome to hermeneutics! Please stick around and share more with us.
Apr
29
comment What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?
Something like the "sin of the high hand" in the Torah, that done willingly and with malice of forethought.
Apr
29
comment Was Barnabas ever reconciled to Paul?
because it is a good question that so few people think to ask. Most just make the assumption that the two parted badly and never spoke again.
Apr
29
comment Was Barnabas ever reconciled to Paul?
Wishing I could upvote this twice!
Apr
25
comment Was Jesus unaware of Joel 2:32?
The change from YHWH to Lord goes back to a Hebrew tradition of avoiding saying the name of God lest they do it lightly. It wasn't removed from Scripture. Picking up any copy of the Hebrew Bible will show you that it is there in the text. However, it was glossed with LORD in deference to the long-running Jewish tradition.
Apr
25
comment Did Paul think in Hebrew?
@Susan, you're right, Luke was a gentile and did not think in Hebrew, but his writing style is very interesting. Luke and the first part of Acts are written in a style like the Septuagint. The last part of Acts is different, much more like a native Greek would write. Luke's sources for the Gospel and Acts (before he was converted) were Jews and would have expressed their accounts to him in Hebrew style. But when Luke was present-an eyewitness-the text reads like a native. Good catch!
Apr
24
comment Did Paul think in Hebrew?
@Daи, not a problem at all. I just had to be careful because I was adding a paragraph on Hebrew idioms when I got the message that it had been edited. I probably would have completely missed the edit you made.
Apr
22
comment How did mankind's way of relating to God change in Genesis 4:26?
Jerome was a Christian translator and commentator (he is responsible for the Vulgate) and Nahmanides was a Jewish commentator not a Masorete (scribe). Most importantly, chalal does not mean "profane" when in the Hophal stem. The Hophal and Hiphal stems of this word both refer to "opening." In other stems, such as Piel, chalal can mean "profane" as it comes from "pierce or wound."
Apr
22
comment Cain's lineage vs. Adam's
Do you have some sources for this?
Apr
22
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@rhetorician, "more than a few people wish they were free to sin with impunity." I met a man who practiced that. He stated that because grace abounded when he sinned, his sins made more grace in his life. Some interpretations are so wrong you just can't fix them.
Apr
17
comment Does Paul of Tarsus quote Talmud?
However, if you mean the broader rabbinic tradition instead of strictly the Talmuds, that is another thing. It would be possible to compare Paul's writings to the traditions preserved in the Midrash and Talmud and see if he quotes, references, or teaches in the same vein.
Apr
15
comment Is the “White Stone” of Revelation the “Urantia Book”?
"A prince is not an archangel. A prince is the son of the king, and a member of the Royal Family." That's using a modern meaning for an ancient word. The Hebrew sar means leader and is used for various nobles and priests.
Apr
9
comment Why do the Jews in John 8:33 say that they have never been enslaved?
Good question. The time in Egypt as well.
Apr
9
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@davidbrainerd, that is a good question, but I think it would be better as a separate question since this one already has so many replies on it.
Apr
3
comment How does a Bible translator know if it is a poem?
Dr. Fee and I are from the same Christian tradition (Assemblies of God). I doubt he is an exclusive psalmodist. BTW, thank you for using that term. I was aware of the concept but had never heard that term before.
Apr
2
comment What calendar used in first century Judea by author of gospel of John?
There were also multiple calendars in use in Jerusalem at the time. The mainstream Jews used the lunisolar calendar, but the Essenes had their own calendar (they claimed their calendar was the proper one). The two calendars are similar but vary by bits, especially regarding holidays. The Passovers, for example, would be close together on the calendars but rarely on the same day.
Mar
28
comment Who is “that (the) Prophet” in John 1:21? Is “that Prophet” Muhammad, as Islam teaches?
@user1361315 That's where textual criticism comes in. By examining the differences we can determine the likely original. Even Ehrman admits this (when he forgets he's trying to sell books about how we can't trust the NT). But enough about probability. Do you have any evidence that these verses have been altered regarding readings of the prophet and brethren? Specifically readings that would allow more than non-Israelites to be considered brethren? You've set yourself up quite a challenge.