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I am a software dude living in Dallas. I've been doing that for about either years now. Fun times.

Prior to this I attended school to receive a Master of Theology. Of course that doesn't mean I know what I'm talking about :) That was mostly fun but I needed a break from school after that, so I got a "real job".

My primary interest is Greek as well as the study of early Christianity. I attend and teach at FBC Parker, TX.

I blog on stuff related to Early Christianity here, if you are interested: http://www.archaicchristianity.com/blog


Apr
20
comment Was Jesus anointed once or twice on the feet with perfume?
From what I've read, Mary was a very common name at the time.
Apr
18
comment Does baptizing come after discipling in Matthew 28:19?
It does look that way :)
Apr
17
comment Does baptizing come after discipling in Matthew 28:19?
Even as someone who is not a fan of the practice of infant baptism, whoever made this original argument clearly knows just enough Greek to be dangerous. +1 for a good response.
Apr
16
comment Does Galatians 6:9 contain a causality that could imply works salvation?
And many agree with you. But I would still recommend a reading of the book. Even if you don't end up agreeing with this other perspective, perhaps it will still benefit you. Of course the whole question of this new perspective would be a fun one to discuss on the site but the format doesn't really fit it well. Q&A is not discussion board. Oh well.
Apr
16
comment Does reaping in Galatians 6:9 refer to salvation?
I like your answer too :)
Apr
16
comment How Do We Know Paul's Opponents in Galatians Profess to be Followers of Jesus?
if he were directly addressing the opponents, then I would entirely agree. But as I read the letter it seems more of an address to those stuck in the middle of the debate.
Apr
16
comment How Do We Know Paul's Opponents in Galatians Profess to be Followers of Jesus?
Re: 1:6-7, I'll say it a different way. The message and term "gospel" was very important to Paul. If some Jews, among whom most (all?) would have said that Torah-obedience was necessary for righteousness before God and were attempting to convert these Gentiles into Judaism, attacking this Christian schismatic group, I can totally see Paul responding with his own terms, the ones he would have used when he preached to the Galatians.
Apr
16
comment How Do We Know Paul's Opponents in Galatians Profess to be Followers of Jesus?
Re: 1:6-7 -- The term gospel has OT roots, so could have been used by regular Jews as well technically, but in this case it isn't actually required that the opponents were using that term. They could have just been trying to tell them to go a different way. But of your ideas, I think this one may have merit. Re: 1:8-2:14 -- He wasn't trying to convince his opponents at this point. He was trying to convince the Galatians, which would have considered the apostles' opinions. Re: 2:15-21 -- once again, he's not appealing to his opponents. Re: 5:2 -- same problem Re: 6:15 -- same problem
Apr
15
comment What is the significance of 153 fish?
I would strongly recommend getting Richard Bauckham's "The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple" and reading the last chapter, "The 153 Fish and the Unity of the Fourth Gospel." The other chapters are great too but this last one would give you much food for thought. It did for me, anyway.
Apr
14
comment What is indicated by “δοξάζω” being in the aorist in Romans 8:30?
Well, you know, whatever it takes :)
Apr
3
comment How can the Pastoral Epistles not be Pauline?
I don't know of anyone saying that they weren't Pauline, so no dispute there. In leau of many early church lists, a lot of this same data could be gathered just by seeing which books were quoted as authoritative and assumed to be by Paul by which fathers. Of course I say "just", but that's a pretty monumental task. This kind of wide-sweeping data would be even stronger evidence than a canon list, but not nearly as convenient to reference :)
Apr
3
comment How can the Pastoral Epistles not be Pauline?
Lots of good information here but I would avoid painting early Christian canonical thoughts in such broad strokes just based on the Muratorian canon. Other second century/early third century discussions make it clear that things weren't settled. You can at least say that at least part of the Roman Christian community accepted them as Pauline.
Apr
3
comment What did Jesus mean by “the queen of the South”?
You actually get that line of argumentation in Romans 9-11 by Paul. The mass conversion of the gentiles is something meant to provoke jealousy among the Jews that remain unbelieving in Jesus as the messiah. You see this as well in Acts 13:46.
Apr
3
comment What Scriptures is Paul referring to in 1 Cor 15:4
Someone might find page numbers useful for the Wright reference. I'm assuming you are referring to the discussion on pp 118 and 119?
Apr
2
comment How can the Pastoral Epistles not be Pauline?
I think that's a valid point. With the exception of Philemon, all the other letters are to churches, so you would think they would stick with that. Of course that's what they argue for Colossians, and argue partly because the language style and vocabulary is so similar (sigh) to Ephesians. One author I read argued that the pseudonymous author switched to a personal tone just to sound more convincing. I personally find your point more compelling. This kind of thing has to be a case of cumulative evidence but there are too many "what if's" in these for them to be compelling to me.
Feb
15
comment Do some of the manuscripts have a blank spot in Ephesians 1:1?
Thanks! Glad I found it. Looks like a fun place to hang out :)
Feb
15
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
Good answer. For more info, I'd pick up a copy of Dan Wallace's "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics". He has a really good discussion of this issue on pages 266-269 (in my edition, anyway). You might find that useful. The reader will have to know a little Greek, but apparently you do.
Feb
15
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
@Onorio: This is accurate. Is there anything that this doesn't answer for you? If so, can you clarify what that would be?