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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.)


Nov
22
comment Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Interesting. Thanks.
Nov
22
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
20
accepted Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Nov
20
asked Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Nov
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When was the Torah written or compiled?
Nov
17
answered Do or do not judge: How is 1 Cor. 4:3-5 not contradictory to Cor. 5:12, 6:4-5?
Nov
17
revised Do or do not judge: How is 1 Cor. 4:3-5 not contradictory to Cor. 5:12, 6:4-5?
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Nov
15
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are the Rabbinic rules of hand washing before eating bread related to their ruling that the scriptures were unclean?
Nov
10
accepted Is Hank Hanegraaff's “exegetical eschatology” hermeneutic original?
Nov
9
asked Is Hank Hanegraaff's “exegetical eschatology” hermeneutic original?
Nov
9
comment How did Judas die?
Another rendering of "hanged" is "strangled." Strangling was a common form of suicide in those days, but often didn't "finish the job," so there was a practice in those days of standing at the edge of a cliff or wall and strangling yourself so once you passed out you would plummet to your death. The whole process would legitimately be called "strangling himself" and could easily be (mis)translated into English as "hanging himself."
Nov
9
comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
@Niobius (...cont) You make an interesting point regarding the population... I'll have to think about that one a bit more. (3) Regarding Abraham and Sarah being "too old," check out this answer when you get a chance and let me know what you think
Nov
9
comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
@Niobius (1) To clarify, I think he got the number 430 from the OT. (In fact, that's my point; he got it from the OT, not from an unknown extrabiblical source or Sensus Plenior.) Regarding the starting point, in my NASB Bible the 430 year statement is in the same sentence as the ratification but a different sentence than the giving of the promise. (2) It would seem the authorial intent in Ex. 1:8 is to paint a contrast between the favor he enjoyed under the old Pharaoh and the coming persecution from the new Pharaoh. It probably doesn't mean "he had never heard of him," right? (cont...)
Nov
8
comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
@Niobius (...cont) (3) It is feasible that this span was four generations. See Exodus 6:14-20. Levi --> Kohath --> Amram --> Moses. The problem only arises when we artificially define a generation as "x number of years."
Nov
8
comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
@Niobius Great questions. (1) First, I'm not sure Paul's authorial intent was to clarify the chronology of the Israelites' time in Egypt so much as to highlight the extremely large temporal separation in events. Second, even if he did mean to establish an exact chronology, by my reading the time would start with the ratification of the covenant, so we would need to determine what that refers to. (2) In studying the literary structure of Ex 1, it appears vv.1-7 are introductory, and not necessarily chronologically prior to v.8, similar to Gen. 1-2, etc. (cont...)
Nov
8
comment Revelation: Before or after AD70?
I'm watching this video series now... pretty good so far: youtube.com/watch?v=hVcvFwt9-kY
Nov
8
revised How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
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Nov
8
comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
My hesitation with your approach here is that it seems (to me) like the NT authors were simply referencing information that was already available in the OT records, not adding new information about ancient chronologies. With your approach, if we didn't have Galatians we could never know how long they were in Egypt because Paul was essentially operating under Sensus Plenior and adding information that was never before available from the ancient chronologies. I think there is a simpler solution for those with a high view of Scripture. Looking forward to your feedback on my answer.
Nov
8
answered How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?