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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


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comment What kind of desire was given to Eve?
Option #2 is supported by the appearance of the same construction in the very next chapter (Gen. 4:7).
Aug
28
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JamesShewey Whether artwork or literature, they are ancient descriptions. And they vary drastically from culture to culture, other than obvious stuff like "stars are up, land is down". Regardless, it is a fallacy to just assert that the Bible makes the same silly errors that these other cultures made just because Hebrew culture was also old. The biblical record clearly does not teach the same nonsense that some of those pictures taught. (That the sky was actually a bent-over goddess, etc.)
Aug
22
comment What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
@Susan Any time we interpret prophecy we need to think in "doubles", which is what the LXX translators did. They just emphasized the eschatological more than the local.
Aug
22
comment What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
@Susan In this case I don't doubt the authenticity of the MT (2), which (as you noted) employs a term with a semantic range including both "young woman" as well as "virgin". Literary context points to "young woman" as the immediate fulfillment, but something much greater and more miraculous in the distant future. The LXX translators took this as a "virgin" birth. Since the semantic range (and nature of prophecy) allows for this it would not so much be an added meaning (3) but a sort of "ultimate meaning subtly hinted at by the text".
Aug
22
answered What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
Aug
20
awarded  Revival
Aug
17
answered Does πολιτείας imply citizenship status with Israel?
Aug
17
comment What does Paul mean by “unworthy manner” in 1 Corinthians 11:27-32?
I gave you a +1, but this answer would be much stronger if you were to present this "strong case" rather than simply saying "I think biblically speaking a strong case can be made".
Aug
17
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JackDouglas Regarding your last question, I'm not sure. That would probably be a good question to post separately for the Hebrew language experts to unpack for us.
Aug
17
answered Has the Apostle Paul ever been to Spain?
Aug
15
comment Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?
I would suggest rewording the question to say "Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?" The way it is currently worded it makes it sound like the conclusion from reading the Bible in its entirety is that it teaches that eating pork is forbidden.
Aug
14
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
@JamesShewey I am aware that you did not come up with the image yourself; I have seen it many times before. What I am saying is that the scholars who did make it merely looked at ancient descriptions of cosmology, including a misunderstanding of the biblical text, and pasted them all together into a single "unifying" picture. This image (and those like it) represent their conclusion, not evidence. Using this graphic to support this model of ancient Hebrew cosmology is a logical fallacy. In other words, you have not presented any evidence by pasting this picture, only a flawed conclusion.
Aug
14
comment Could Adam's age have referred only to his time after the fall?
There does not seem to be any textual evidence to support that conclusion, so it would just be speculation. Imo, typically it's better to try to understand what Scripture is saying than to speculate about things the authors of Scripture weren't even trying to say (or emphasize).
Aug
14
answered Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
Aug
14
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
That graphic was created (in part) based a misunderstanding of the biblical text. It is a conclusion. To turn around and use it as evidence of the same faulty interpretation that it was based on is a logical fallacy known as "begging the question." It is circular reasoning.
Aug
14
comment When Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree, is he referencing Habakkuk 3:17?
Short answer: probably not. Other than the same kind of tree being referenced by separate authors in totally different contexts via totally different genres, there is no evidence to support a literary dependence or reference.
Aug
14
comment What are the “lower parts” in Ephesians 4:9?
In my opinion the strongest argument in support of the appositional position (which I hold) is the author's flow of thought; "ascended" does not refer to His resurrection, but to His ascension from the earth to heaven. Paul's point is that His "ascension" implies that He first descended.
Aug
14
comment What does it mean for Elisha to want “a double portion” from Elijah?
In their day the firstborn son received a double portion of the father's inheritance. Elisha wanted to be counted as Elijah's firstborn son; he wanted to carry on his legacy and receive what belonged to Elijah. In other words, he wanted Elijah's anointing to pass to him so that he could carry on Elijah's work.
Aug
13
comment What are “works of the law”?
This is a very important question in light of the "New Perspectives on Paul". Most conservative scholars would say it means "doing the things commanded by the Law" while N. T. Wright and company would say it refers specifically to circumcision, sabbath, and dietary rules. Others claim that it refers to works of any kind (i.e. not specific to the Law), though this is hard to defend exegetically.
Aug
13
awarded  Necromancer