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I’m an engineer, graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, and working in that field in the Greater NYC area.

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Aug
18
reviewed Close How credible is the theory that Enki and Ninhursag influenced Genesis 2 and 3?
Aug
14
comment What biblical figure was present during the dinosaurs?
Every Biblical figure coexisted with dinosaurs: birds are dinosaurs.
Aug
14
comment Who were the Pharisees?
Regarding the use of the term perushim, Pharisees, my personal conjecture: Josephus implies that was the term in use at the time. The Talmud was written some centuries later at which point the libelous definition might have taken root, so that word was avoided. Alternatively, the term might have been used as a political identifier both for the Rabbis and for the unlearned folk who followed them, so a more narrowly-defined word (chaver, a “fellow” of the study-hall) was used instead.
Aug
14
comment Who were the Pharisees?
@BruceJames, this discussion touches strongly on my answer; note that I’ve added links to the Soncino translation of Sotah 22b there. I’ll disagree with you on the value of that translation: while being far more difficult to read, it preserves the “feel” of the Aramaic original quite well.
Aug
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the meaning of 2 Peter 3:8 (1000 years as 1 day)?
Aug
14
revised Who were the Pharisees?
Added links, expanded slightly
Aug
14
revised Who were the Pharisees?
Added links, expanded slightly
Jun
17
revised Is Leviticus 12 saying that giving birth to a child is a sin?
added reference, per Daи's request
Jun
11
revised Is God male and female?
added curly close-quotes
Jun
11
answered Is God male and female?
May
20
answered Was Job short-changed in the end?
Apr
1
comment Who was Neri, father of Shealtiel?
Unless you’re looking to unify the lineage lists (in which case neri = “my light” & malki = “my king” might be useful) there seems to be exactly no information on Neri.
Mar
24
comment How should 2 Cor 5:10 be interpreted, in light of Isa 43:25?
An answer to this question would require (1) a discussion of the various kinds of sin, (2) discussion of the results of sin: which are punishments, which are consequences, then (3) a discussion of the kinds of forgiveness. All without resorting to doctrine. This question belongs on ✝.SE.
Feb
7
awarded  Yearling
Jan
21
comment Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?
Yes, David; Revision 5 cleared up what you meant. +1
Jan
21
comment Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?
The difference, @JackDouglas, is whether the satan, the adversarial angel, is obedient to God or rebellious. The whole idea of rebellious angels questionable in Judaism; Maimonides & Nachmanides most famously held it was impossible (though for different reasons). (The matter of the nefillim is off topic for this site, but has been discussed on ✡.SE.)
Jan
19
comment Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?
Please clarify: “this is one of the things that makes the Septuagint so important, and you can see from the bit quoted above that this is absent from the Greek Isaiah.” — just what is “absent from the Greek Isaiah”?
Jan
19
comment Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, Jews believe the satan is an agent provocateur but is thereby doing what God commanded him to, not “fallen” or “rebellious”
Jan
17
answered Judges 5:30 - The Hebrew word for womb or damsel translated as “two”. Why?
Jan
16
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
Sermon aside, what is your take on the OP’s proposed explanation? Is it plausible? Are there flaws in the logic? (Other than “I prefer this other interpretation”.)