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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.


Feb
4
comment How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics!
Feb
1
comment How sure can we be that Archippus was a church leader?
Welcome to Bib Herm! I took the liberty of adding the verses into your question since they are short. It's a good question.
Jan
31
comment Was Origen Adamantius an “allegorist” in the modern sense of the word?
That would be a fair and accurate summation.
Jan
29
comment Was Origen Adamantius an “allegorist” in the modern sense of the word?
See my bio for more of my credentials.
Jan
27
comment Does Paul reject the idea of celebrating holidays in Galatians?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, with John pointing out that it Jesus is in the Temple during the Feast of Dedication, I think we can safely conclude that Jesus was joining in with the celebrants.
Jan
15
comment The beloved disciple vs Peter
Traditionally, the order is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Many modern academics put order them as Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John.
Jan
10
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
amazon.com/Introduction-Aramaic-Second-Resources-Biblical/dp/… is the textbook I used. But I would also carefully consider this one: amazon.com/Basics-Biblical-Aramaic-Complete-Annotated/dp/…
Jan
9
comment Given the differences between Hebrew and Aramaic, how are the Aramaic sections identified?
Do you have a source for saying that the KJV OT comes from the LXX? I compared swathes in seminary, and where the Greek and Hebrew disagree, the KJV is most likely to go with the HEbrew.
Dec
12
comment What does the living sacrifice mean in Romans 12:1?
It means don't crawl off the altar.
Dec
4
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
Good answer. In the Exodus, they experience God as the great I Am while before they had heard the name. The difference is in knowing someone and knowing of someone.
Nov
1
comment Psalm 23 - long long pursuit of the house of the LORD
"All translation is commentary" reminds me of Hillel the Elder in Shabbat 31a, “Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. This is the whole of Torah; the rest is commentary. Go now and study the commentary.”
Oct
31
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
even though you used Wright (a trustworthy source), I can't upvote because there is no link between aggelos and phantasmos. (I'm not downvoting either. :))
Oct
31
comment What is the “fourfold sense of Scripture”?
Welcome to BH! I like how you addressed how we can apply it today. I changed your square brackets to parentheses (the two have different meanings and parens work with what you are trying to say). I also placed your example into the numbered list to show the four levels more clearly. I hope you stay around and answer more!
Oct
30
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Right. I'm suggesting studies in the Greek of the NT and the Greek LXX to determine the meaning of a word in question. How English translations have handled the word can weigh in but it is further down the list of authorities. I remember a discussion several years ago where someone argued from Strong's Concordance, "See. The word can mean X sometimes so it can that here." It was lost on him that Strong was simply showing the different ways the KJV had translated the word, not arguing that it was correct to do so.
Oct
30
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Once we start talking about biblical texts, the LSJ is of less importance than BDAG. When working out the meaning of a word in the biblical text, the most important question is how is it used in the rest of the Bible, starting with works by the same author. For an NT question like this, we also need to see how the word aggelos is used in the LXX.
Oct
30
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Do you know why the BDAG has "angel" as the second possibility and LSJ has it as the third? And what does it mean that the definitions are not first in the list?
Oct
29
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Yes, it would have to be after Hellenization (I had forgotten about the "ghost" references in the NT). Is there any evidence of aggelos being used as a synonym for phantasma?
Oct
29
comment Who/what is Peter's angel?
Could you quote more from NT Wright about the state the dead would exist in until the resurrection (that's what holding off my upvote)? I have never found Jewish writings regarding shades, but also haven't looked it up specifically.
Oct
29
comment How different is Biblical Hebrew from modern Hebrew?
That's it! I couldn't remember for sure without the memory jog.
Oct
28
comment How different is Biblical Hebrew from modern Hebrew?
Dr. Nunnally (graduate of Hebrew Union) told us a story of being in Israel and seeing a sign. It took him by surprise that the one of the words was derived from Ezekiel's vision of God's throne with the cherubim and wheels.