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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.


Aug
27
comment Was casting the lot in Acts 1:26 a vote or a lottery?
Welcome to BH! Please share more of your knowledge with us. We all have much to share and learn from one another.
Aug
21
comment Different translation of “The Great Tribulation?”
I just checked the TR of this verse (go to page 4 of the linked file). It has the definite articles in the questioned places.
Aug
20
comment Different translation of “The Great Tribulation?”
I wonder if this is one of the passages where the KJV followed the Vulgate. There are a few. Still does not excuse it but may explain it.
Aug
19
comment Jesus and the cross
"The stake could have been fixed to an existing column to form a cross or a T, we simply don't know. Best to stick to the literal translation." There is plenty of evidence from archeology and literature of the time to show that stauros was used to refer to the traditional cross.
Aug
15
comment Is NWT's translation of John 8:58 reasonable?
But they can't get there from John 8:58. The Greek is "I am" not "I have been." And the context beyond the verse shows that the Jewish leaders understood it as blasphemy, a claim where Jesus claimed himself to be God.
Aug
14
comment Jesus and the cross
The word is plural. ἥλων is a plural case of ἥλος.
Aug
8
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
@Sarah, there is a discussion on the tense system here and here. It degenerates into a forum fight, but just those two posts have some good information.
Aug
8
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
@Sarah, Biblical Hebrew verbs don't have tense as we know it (modern Hebrew does). The same form of a verb can be past, present, or future. Let me give an example: barak can mean "he blessed," "he blesses," or even "he will bless" depending on the context. Typically, a verb in the imperfect state will be future tense, but it doesn't have to be. If I put a waw-consecutive on it, it's past tense.
Aug
4
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes, Abraham did know him by YHWH, that is seen many times in Genesis. A promise was given to Abraham (and one to Eve as well).
Aug
2
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes, I quoted him for completeness as he does present a defensible answer. However, I concluded that the beth essentia answered the question better.
Jul
30
comment Are the Hebrew Scriptures in general to be understood as continuous discourses or fragmental remains of much larger collections?
Walter Kaiser has a book Recovering the Unity of the Bible where he addresses themes appearing throughout the Bible. Also Gleason Archer's A Survey of Old Testament Introduction addresses the multiple author arguments of the Old Testament works. To me, they are settled as single author (with a few later edits).
Jul
26
comment Is the study of Typology and inter-textual scriptural analysis taught in seminary?
I would like to discuss these issues with you in chat. There are many and related. If you are willing, [these instructions] will tell you how to make a chat account. Once you do that, I will add you to the list of chatters. After you have 20 pts of rep, you will not need to be explicitly added to rooms.
Jul
25
comment Is “Gospel”, or “Good News of Military Victory” what “Evangelion” means in Greek?
@Mattias, I left you the names of some traditional scholars who are dealing with the exact kind of arguments Atwill uses. I really suggest you read some of those for a balanced opinion.
Jul
24
comment Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?
@MikeBull, "I don't think you'd advise that we read each book or letter (or Testament) in a total literary vacuum." Bingo. That's why genre is so important. Words are used differently in apocalyptic writings than in historical narrative. Prose structures are not the same as poetry structures. And before you ask again, I will answer again. Yes, I think about genre with everything I read. I don't read a mystery the same way I read sagas.
Jul
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
He is asking about the connotation of the phrase not the denotation.
Jul
16
comment What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?
I started to add a link for others to see the verse in question, but 1 Cor 15:55 says "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" Is this the verse you meant? Or did you mean Hebrews 2:14 "...the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil)"?
Jul
16
comment In John 14:2, what is Jesus' Father's house?
-1. This doesn't address the question of "what is the Father's house that Jesus goes to prepare?" Also, you say Abraham, but I think you mean Adam.
Jul
15
comment What is the origin of the household tables?
-1. So much here doesn't address the question. I appreciate you sharing your hermeneutic, though.
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.