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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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revised What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage
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answered What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage
Dec
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comment Matthew vs Levi in the Gospel according to Matthew
FWIW it was not uncommon in their culture to have more than one name. Jesus Himself gave people new names. If Matthew was Levi's new name from Jesus, it would make sense that Matthew would identify himself with this new name, while Mark and Luke would be more interested in his name at the time of the event being recorded. It may also be helpful to note that there is evidence that suggests Matthew was written to a more Hebrew audience. So if Mark and Luke were written to gentile audiences and Matthew was his Hebrew name, that would also explain it.
Dec
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comment Does Isaiah 40 indicate (along with science) that the universe is expanding?
@Jonathan Regarding the Song of Songs example, the key in both places is to recognize what similarity the author is trying to emphasize. Obviously in Song of Songs he's not relating them on the basis of them both being wooly. So in the Isaiah example, we need to ask what similarity the heavens have to a curtain or a tent -- and the answer is that they were all spread out as a sort of covering for something, as the text indicates.
Dec
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comment Does Isaiah 40 indicate (along with science) that the universe is expanding?
@Jonathan To my knowledge tents did not "expand" in their day; their coverings were manually draped over their supports. So it wasn't like today with our elastic carbon-fiber rods that sort of explode into place when you shake it. Point being, the "tent" is mentioned here as an example of a covering which is spread out over the tent supports, in much the same way as a curtain is spread out over a window.
Dec
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answered In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?
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comment What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
@Bloch The same could be said of any NT genre though.
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answered Does Isaiah 40 indicate (along with science) that the universe is expanding?
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answered What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
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comment What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
@Davïd Regarding the "short swing", see my edits & let me know if that's better.
Nov
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revised What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
Attempting to directly answer the questions posted at the end of the OP.
Nov
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comment What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
@Davïd Thanks for the supplemental info. Would you consider either posting a separate answer or editing this info into my answer? (Otherwise your research here may disappear in time, as comments are very temporary on this site.)
Nov
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comment Is the Sermon on the Mount intended to be literal instructions?
Looks great. +1
Nov
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Let me try this again. I take it you either do not accept the story of the good Samaritan as authentic or you do not believe that Jesus understood Leviticus. (Support?!) Either way, it would be more intellectually honest to reword your statement to "Matthew did not add new meaning." Does that make sense?
Nov
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Hmmm... perhaps, but I think your statements that "Leviticus intends 'neighbor' to mean the Israelite people" and "Jesus adds no new meaning to this" is at worst false, and at best tentative, given the information available to us. I don't think you're familiar enough with the meaning either of Leviticus or of Jesus to answer the question accurately.
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Read the story of the Good Samaritan!
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comment What is it that Paul prays Ephesians will comprehend?
Interesting question. I have always assumed it was referring to love, but this does raise the question of how you can know that which surpasses knowledge. +1
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answered What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
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revised Translation of 1 John 3:2
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revised Translation of 1 John 3:2
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