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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 did Paul call Christians?
Great work. Thanks!
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comment Who is the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess 2?
Read Matt. 24. It's pretty hard not to see this as a reminder of what Jesus taught there.
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answered What is the meaning of the shift from present to aorist in 1 John 2:12-14?
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comment Were 1 John and John’s gospel written by the same person?
Great question. I'll post an answer if I get time, but for what it's worth, I think the internal evidence not only supports the idea, but virtually demands it.
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answered What's The Significance of Paul Saying “Pastors And Teachers”?
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comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
This is good. (+1) Any thoughts on Gone Quiet and Ron Maimon's conclusion that 2:3 is the other bookend (and not 2:1 as you noted)?
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answered Does James 5:12 begin a new thought or conclude a previous thought?
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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).
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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.)
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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.
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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".
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answered What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?