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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
2
comment Does the idea of being “born again” have a root earlier than John/Peter (or Jesus)?
Like when we say "skin a fish." We mean to remove the skin from it.
May
30
comment What is the meaning of “Place your bread on the grave of the righteous” in Tobit 4:17 NRSV?
I see that the Hebrew Tobit from Qumran conforms to Sinaiticus also.
May
30
comment What happened with the translation of 1 Samuel 1:24?
@IonicăBizău, I see no problem with a young na'ar being six years old.
May
30
comment “blashemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” — Is “forgiven” the best word for what is meant?
Which meaning of the Peshitta word would you use here in Matthew? Also, would you be able to transliterate that? I'd like to look at its cognate in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew. (And, you're right, Jesus used word plays all over the place. It's a very Hebrew thing to do.)
May
28
comment What does John 8:57 mean by “ Jesus wasn't yet 50 years old but he already saw Abraham”?
@JackDouglas, I don't have my resources with me this morning, but there is a Jewish tradition of groups of venerated rabbis (minimum age being above 50). Some of these groups experienced visions of the great pillars of Jewish faith. I have often suspected that they are saying he isn't old enough to be a member.
May
27
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
@Titanium, thank you for your edit. As my comments no longer apply to the answer, I have deleted them.
May
20
comment Is LXX “Enoch pleased God” a reasonable idiomatic translation of Hebrew “Enoch walked with God”?
@JohnMartin, Enoch and Noah are the only ones I find who are explicitly stated using the phrase "walked with God." There are implications such as in Psalm 119:105 where the psalmist obviously intends to walk in the light provided by the Lord's light. Gen 48:15 comes very close also: "...May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked..."
May
20
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
>Hebrew stopped being spoken and written after the Exile. That is patently false. The Dead Sea Scrolls are post-exilic and most of them are Hebrew. The books of Maccabees were originally in Hebrew. Tobit was originally in Hebrew. There are letters, engravings, and coins in Hebrew post-exilic.
May
15
comment Was Barabbas' given name Jesus?
Abba as a name for God was actually used in Judaism. It appears in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmudic literature. bt Taan 23b tells of Abba Chilkiah who prayed God would send rain for some schoolchildren who had asked him (Abba, the wrong Abba) to make rain. He prayed answer the prayer of these children who cannot tell the difference in "the Abba who can give rain and the Abba who cannot give rain."
May
12
comment Is this a figure of speech?
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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?
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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.