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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.


Jul
8
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@MarkEdward, while it may not be definitive, the concepts of "light," "darkness," and "sons of light" from John 12 all appear frequently in War Scroll.
Jul
8
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@ScottS, I have not read all of it, unfortunately. I did note that he says "late first century BCE."
Jul
8
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@Jas3.1, found one.
Jul
8
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
That verse is the same. There is indeed a different numbering scheme. neno.co.ke/bible/book/Book%20of%20Enoch/71/14 is like the one I had.
Jul
8
comment 1Kings 14:24 literal interpretation
@BlessedGeek, words change in meaning over time (in Mishnaic Hebrew, 'olam means "world" not an indication of length of time). In the Hebrew Bible, there are places where it means "lengthened days" and others where it means "indefinite futurity" (and a few times even of "ancient past," e.g. Ecc 1:10). In the link, skip the Strongs section and go to Brown-Driver-Briggs. Many more details. Lastly, the LXX is ancient, not medieval. All scholars recognize that it can be a help (but not necessarily the final say) in interpreting a passage.
Jul
8
comment 1Kings 14:24 literal interpretation
@BlessedGeek, Joseph used the wrong reference in his block quote. Typo. He meant 24 but typed 22.
Jul
7
comment When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
>'But now we all know now that the word "love" is a far better translation than the word, "charity".' This is an example of lingual shift (see also how the word "suffer" has changed since 1611). The word charity as used in the time prior to and after 1611 accurately reflected agape. That subsequent use of "charity" in English changed does not mean that the KJV got that word wrong.
Jul
2
comment Matthew originally written in Hebrew?
One of my seminary profs (Wave Nunnally) holds this position. Scholars in the field who would be most likely to hold it whom I am familiar with are: Brad H. Young, David Flusser, Marvin Wilson, and David Bivin.
Jun
19
comment Is “kill” a valid translation for Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill)?
@Onlyheisgood., I read several posts on the blog; it's interesting, but I think the technique is a stretch. For example, the word he defines as "other" is then given in the plural, "others". In Elohim, he uses the long vowel marker near the end but not before (in the same word). Why skip the first? I tried this with a few words. I don't see how bless fits. It's spelt bet resh kaph. That would mean, on the chart, Tent floor plan-Family, House, In + Head of Man-First, Top, Beginning + open palm-bend, open, allow, tame. I'm sorry, I just don't see it working consistently w/o major stretches.
Jun
18
comment What is the historical interpretation of 'Nicolaitans' in Rev 2:15?
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Jun
9
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
@BruceJames, I know Kaiser is a Christian. I said he was a Hebrew scholar, which he is. As to the Rabbinic, I am sorry I got the source wrong. A hard drive crash took the file where I had this citation recorded.
Jun
6
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
@BruceJames Some citations were already in the link I provided. For example, Kaiser does so in The Messiah in the Old Testament, footnote 10 pg. 115 and 116 of my edition. It's in the chapter that covers Ps 22. For the rabbinic, I believe it was Midrash on Psalms, but it was a long time ago that I read it. Other sources (Aquila, Symachius, and the DSS) varied on what verb it should be, but they were consistent in using verbs.
Jun
6
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
Hebrew scholar Walter Kaiser shows grammatically how ka'ari can be the irregular plural for ka'arim. The pre-Christian LXX and Dead Sea Scrolls also render 22:16b with a verb, as do some rabbinic interpretations.
Jun
5
comment How does the Septuagint differ from the Masoretic text for Isaiah 7:14?
@curiousdannii, Mitchell J Dahood often interprets with different vowel points in his studies. IIRC, he treats the consonants with great care, but woe to the points if they be in his way!
Jun
3
comment Explanation of Isaiah 40:12
Thanks! That kind of outline provides more bang-for-your-buck than any other analysis I've been taught.
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.