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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.


Jan
8
comment Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?
Hi, and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. We do appreciate you posting, but do you have a source for your sixth age statement?
Dec
31
comment Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! I've changed a little formatting on your answer so that it fits with the rest of the site and network (i.e. the link). Thanks for answering and giving a source. Please do more.
Dec
24
comment Was nûn deleted from Psalm 145 in the Masoretic Text?
I checked the Vulgate because Jerome preferred to work from the Hebrew. He is no help here because the Psalm stops with verse 10 in the Vulgate.
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
Ah, s.b. "he was a firstborn and failed to act appropriately." That is, act as a firstborn should act in passing on the name and legacy.
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
@JackDouglas, you mean Er's sin was displeasing because he was a firstborn and act appropriately? I can agree to that.
Dec
20
comment Why did Elisabeth remain in seclusion in Luke 1:24?
We did the same thing: waited to announce until the time when most miscarriages occur was past. Hadn't considered that.
Dec
18
comment Was Achan's family punished along with Achan? or was he alone when punished?
@taurivalor, it's a translation issue. The Hebrew reader would roll with it and not even blink.
Dec
18
comment Interpretation of the dead ones in 1 Peter 4:6?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. We aren't like other sites. We are expecting posts to work from the text and refrain from adding comments about ignoring what the text says.
Dec
18
comment Who or where is Meroz in Judges 5:23?
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Dec
17
comment How is genre determined?
This should be one of the most important questions on the site.
Nov
23
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas Right. If we know mentally what is good and what is evil then we can choose to do the good and avoid the evil.
Nov
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas, I would say so. ""Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil [by experiencing it]."
Oct
28
comment Is NWT's translation of John 8:58 reasonable?
@Trig, yes, I can. It is well established in Biblical studies that Jews did use the personal name of God casually (YHWH, often translated "I Am"). In fact, in seeking to put a fence around the commandment not to take his name in vain, they used different circumlocutions (Matthew even hesitates to use "Kingdom of God" preferring "Kingdom of Heaven"). When Jesus says "I am" and they understand it to be blasphemy, the only king of blasphemy that fits is a claim to be God. Claiming to be pre-existent wouldn't cut it. Jesus using the name of God as his own would qualify were it untrue.
Oct
25
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
I can go with official language, but it was also widely used. Josephus records a pun used by common soldiers on the walls of Jerusalem that only makes sense in Hebrew (the Aramaic equivalents of each phrase in the pun don't sound alike).
Oct
23
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
There is a plethora of evidence from the rest of Israel that Mishnaic Hebrew was widely used. For example, 13 of the 26 Bar Cochva letters are written in Hebrew. These are letters dealing with military conquests, not religious matters.
Oct
22
comment What are the evidences that Luke is written after/before the fall of Jerusalem?
I address the pre-fall evidence for Luke-Acts here.
Oct
6
comment Revelation: Before or after AD70?
I would love to expand this to show both sides, but this came from notes of a term paper. I don't have the research notes anymore (where I explored both sides to come to this conclusion). The date wasn't the thesis, so I didn't have to explore both sides. This was a side issue. I'd have to do that research anew and time is compressed these days.
Oct
1
comment Was Luke's birth narrative written in response to Marcion's version of the gospel?
More information on an early Luke-Acts can be found in Did Luke use Josephus as a Source.
Sep
18
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
You clearly have a sense of humor that I appreciate. I also like how you briefly brought in the sons of the prophets. Since controlling 12 teams at a time is a lot of ambulatory hamburger to handle, part of me wonders if Elisha was managing a group of plowmen and that fact was simply expressed that way. Is there any way to determine one way or the other?
Sep
13
comment Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
I recommend the book from the Counterpoints series: Four Views on Revelation. It lets each of the major views express itself and then the others critique with an opportunity for rebuttal. Nicely balanced.