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I am a Canadian, married with kid, and working in Hong Kong. I usually answer posts from a reformed / protestant / evangelical perspective.

People I have encountered on this site seem to be a ‘whole bunch of good people’. Even those who sharply disagree with my own point of view.

I am a huge sinner but am happy knowing God's grace will keep me in his grip.


Jul
8
comment What does “bless” [ברך] mean?
@BlessedGeek - I think the examples were only refering to bless derived from Hebrew kneel. As far as whi kneels, both in a sense but the link is loose as simply refering to a spiritual excercise stemming from a religious physical posture that becomes symbolic of a spiritual subject in general.
Jun
14
comment Does the pharaoh let just anybody approach him?
Yes there is a lot of subtext that the Bible narrative does not detail. I would think Moses could approach Pharaoh in two ways without getting into trouble. One, say he is sorry for his previous mistakes and asked to be welcome back into the family, or two, as a representative and ambassador of a whole people (the slaves) who were part of Pharaoh's domain. In either case if one had some Egyptian history to work with I bet that we can assume others would have arranged this meeting and Pharaoh would have pre-cleared its approval. Good question.
Jun
2
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
@shakAttack - Yes. Here is a helpful list of documented verses in the Bible ancient Jews regarded as containing hidden prophecies about Messiah. (This list was compiled by a Jew converted to Christianity who was a scholar on Jewish history) juchre.org/life/appen09.htm
May
27
comment Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion
This is a good example of how you get different answers here versus C.SE. cheers
May
27
comment Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?
I have scanned a few commentaries of Genesis that reject the global flood belief but they do not try to argue it from the Hebrew text. Rather they say it was until recently believed by all that is was a global flood and then list non biblical reasons why they think a global flood is illogical and that this story must therefore be a legend. But maybe someone will still answer this question. you might need to wait a little while. cheers
May
27
comment How is the Septuagint interpretation of Psalms 40:6 reconciled with the Hebrew text?
FYI: My reason for providing some partial research is not to direct the answer to a predetermined acceptable one, but to simply state an observation that may or may not be included in an answer. It is simply to pass on something I found out that might, or may not be considered relevant.
May
19
comment The original form(s) of Isaiah 2:2-4 // Micah 4:1-3
@citsonga - can't help much as I am a classic reader and am reluctant to pay for anything published recently :). I do have good resources on the DSS though amd all I could find is they probably do not add much to any conjectures as the DDS for this section are basically exactly as the traditional Masoretic text without any surprises or new spins.
May
7
comment Why modern translations of Mark 7:4 omit some words at the end of the verse?
Yes understood and this is a good site to rise the question. Cheers.
May
7
comment Why modern translations of Mark 7:4 omit some words at the end of the verse?
You seem to be raising questions from a book making an issue of minor flaws, rather then encountering them yourself from personal study. anyway does not matter questions are still valid..from what I have read it is hard to decide which manuscripts to follow as arguments for keeping or removing the 'tables' are both good (but keeping might have more manuscript support in terms of numbers). However to use this as an argument for claiming that Mark was originally written in Latin seems not be taken seriously by expositors I read.
May
6
comment How was the Apostle Paul a Debtor to the Greeks?
+1 - It is unexplained why good answers all over this site languish with zero votes or less.
May
6
comment How was the Apostle Paul a Debtor to the Greeks?
+1 - It is unexplained why good answers all over this site languish with zero votes or less
May
2
comment Explaining Judges 14:4
yes but that's the point. his failings led to his position which could destroy the enemies of Israel. God used his weakness to get him close to the enemy. Samson wanted to get close as a holy desire and as a fleshly desire but God was coordinating it all. Of course there are other views also. cheers.
Apr
22
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@user2479 - I see what you mean. I think the common view is that these two versus are not related. The Luke ref is about different degrees of punishment for 'unbelievers'. Some receive hard beatings forever, others receive lighter blows forever. The Corinthian is about all the lost time and wasted efforts the weakest 'believer' might become aware of, even just as the eternal relief of being saved from a burning house snatches him up into glory. Burnings of wasted works for believers versus beatings of condemned souls for unbelievers.
Apr
21
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@JohnMartin - Yes, I meant it with reference to purgatory as I think only Catholics believe in that concept.
Apr
13
comment The Pharaoh of the Exodus
I believe there is some reasonable evidence that points to Thutmose II. For a detailed argument I refer you to this post on C.SE rather then copy it here. Why was Pharaoh wen Moses lived?
Mar
23
comment Why doesn't Hebrews mention the temple (naos) anywhere?
I think the basic answer is that the Hebrews author is comparing the foundational meaning of the covenant established with Moses as a mediator and the new covenant established with Jesus as the mediator. It is all about the founding of the different covenants, how they are similar, how different and how the second is argued from the first, under its first principles. There is no real benefit then to focus on things at a period after Moses, i.e. at the time of David and Solomon as this was just a continuation of the principles established during the time of the tabernacle.
Dec
14
comment Does Solomon say that trades, where lifting and carrying are involved, are a punishment for sin?
@JohnUnsworth - Yes every believer suffers under the contradiction of men and I can tell we also share the same comfort by the holy spirit to be gracious under those afflictions by the grace given to us. If we do a word study on the meaning of grace it actually stems from enjoying others and eventually took on the meaning of taking pleasure and being favorable in that warm disposition to the undeserving and finally justification by faith. Yet this initial gracious enjoyment is something I need to survive in the busy city life of Hong Kong. thanks for the comments, obviously we agree. Cheers.
Dec
7
comment What was the authorial intent of Genesis 1?
I am not sure what you intend by 'exegetical' support. Is it not obvious that it is intending to explain how everything came to be at the beggining? I think the intent of the author is almost always to communicate what children would naturally understand when reading it. Exegetical hair splicing is more needed when the passages appears incomprehensible. Cultural or historical investigation, where something commonly understood by the audience now lost in our language. More or less, Genesis Chapter 1 seems to be free of both complications apart from physical views of how the universe looks.
Nov
17
comment What does Hebrews 9:4 mean by saying the Holy of Holies 'had' an altar of incense?
+1 - However it seems that the censer verses altar still begs the same question as the censer would usually be with the altar. However you last statement seems to approach the answer why, even though outside the holy of holies the purpose of the altar & censer seem to have their primary significance in their role in entering into the most holy place, thus the Apostle groups them together. At least this is what it seems to me and your answer does seem to imply.
Nov
8
comment Significance of the “naked man” who touches Jesus in Mark 14:51-52
several commentators think this might have been Mark himself, but only out of conjecture. At a minimum it shows how dangerous the atmosphere had become.