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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.


Aug
11
comment How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?
@rhetorician - yes, I agree that something along that line could/would have been going on in the background which necessitated the division of true utterances and teaching from false ones, in the context of a christian gathering with various elements of sharing, singing and the freedom of various religious expressions and gifts. They needed discernment in their charismatic experience.
Aug
9
comment Why does Psalm 103:8 use the dual form of אַפַּ֣יִם (anger)?
Actually you are exactly right on track...here is a quote supporting your concept..."An idiom for anger in Hebrew is חָרָה אַף. The literal translation of חָרָה אַפּוֹ is “his nose was hot,” which is idiomatically translated “he was angry.” A related idiom is “length of nose” > “it takes a long time for one’s nose to get hot” > “patient.” (Beginning Biblical Hebrew, Mark D. Futato, P131)". I have noticed the face is related to a lot of words. Just the other day I noticed the eye is also a spring cuz a spring is round with water flowing from it.
Aug
7
comment Does Hebrews 7 claim that Yeshu'a is Malki-Tzedek?
@JoshuaUtterback - Ok , I was not aware there are some who think he was literally the pre-human form of Messiah (I can only assume that is what they propose before the incarnation) and so I grabbed a quote from Owen to show the weakness of this view... as a priest for a human must be in human form which was the point of the incarnation, that Christ might atone for human verses angelic or sins from other races or forms. Assuming then that Melchizedek was just a guy, the rest plays out naturally and fits well into the original Greek by using the word similitude or likeness not actual. cheers
Aug
6
comment What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?
@taurivalor - sure ok.
Aug
6
comment What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?
@taurivalor - Sure why not. In addition to those provided above I would starts with the obvious beginning. God said the moment Adam ate from the fruit he would die. This could not have been primarily physical (though including it) as he did not die. Also that they felt ashamed, hid from God ect., proves they did die inwardly. The bible does not treat physical death as serious as spiritual death anywhere.
Aug
3
comment Why is Daniel Chapter 2:4 - 7:28 written in Aramaic?
I like ypu last and simplets answer. Since the whole book is largley based on a vision that a Gentile King had, the use of the local language for those sections more directly related to the event in the native language of Babylon seems natural for Daniel to write in, that he might also use in own native tongue when encorporating the foreign story into the prophetic record is not hard to accept. Also, welcome to BH.SE, not everybody get's there first answer is an accepted one.
Jul
28
comment What does sabbaton deuteroproton in Luke 6:1 refer to?
not finding the word anywhere else does seem to indicate the possability of a misprint and the option 4 does seem to be another plausable argument, if the misprint theory was untrue.
Jul
28
comment Who is the little horn that 'has eyes' and is 'speaking' blasphemous things in Daniel 7?
I can follow your argument but the ten has also been argued by many to be components parts of Rome itself, not pieces left over after its fall. Like ten toes on the statue. Still I see your argument and the biblical thought put into it.
Jul
28
comment Who is the “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4?
@wilberteric - no, once he has the designation 'prince of the world' the matter is already settled. The Devil being driven out in this sense is commonly understood as the very significant weakening of the power of his kingdom through the death and resurrection of Christ. This is especially true over pagans who were now drawn into the church by the new post messianic age, where Satan is less powerful over them.
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
that seems reasonable
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
@MonicaCellio - Good point - that's why I am struggling with the term to use. I have to call it something else. I think I will raise another question that get's more to the heart of the matter.
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
I enjoyed reading your analysis. It's pretty good considering it's a made-up scenario with little information. Your analysis confirms my suspicion that following exegesis without any eisegesis may lead to the obvious wrong answer. I never realized before but it seems eisegeis is sometimes required to understand text that 'has an injunction within it'. For example, 'taste that the Lord is good' or prophecy of future events requires our own investigation which might deposit back a resulting eisegesis into our understanding of the text.
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
I think this is an acceptable analysis regardless of how you answer this follow up clarification. Q: Is it correct in your view then to say that it means in this example understanding the text as originally written by the author required more than exegesis (assuming of course that the writer intended the person to understand that it was a diamond which was the precious stone).
Jul
21
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
@MonicaCellio - I am trying to see how others think about the separation of exegesis and eisegesis. I am actually not sure if it can be answered, or not. Not positive what a good answer would be either.
Jul
20
comment What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?
I personally see no textual reason to limit it to physical death. Physical death is just one aspect of the death that the Devil introduced into humanity in the Garden of Eden. It is primarily a spiritual death, i.e. power to deceive and lead people away from God into sin. In fact it would have to be spiritual because those in the world are not physically dead, yet they are in his 'kingdom' under his 'power', so the power of death must be spiritual in its primary definition.
Jul
18
comment Parable of the sower, the seed which fell on stony places?
I understand your question the idea in the parable that addresses it I would think is that the plant itself coming up from the ground are the works that other's might see. They can't see the roots of faith from which the works spring, but they can see some of the results above the ground. In short from the plant is love as a result of faith deeply rooted in us.
Jul
18
comment Parable of the sower, the seed which fell on stony places?
That's what I get from the meaning of the parable. Basically if you do not harden you heart like a layer of rock, but believe in the gospel, then nobody will be able to uproot you out of God's kingdom. The depth is the sincerity of your acknowledged need. If you do not deny you need saving, then your soil will be as deep as you do acknowledge it. Only self righteousness can fully harden you and this is the blindness of unbelief. Faith alone receives God's love, to relive the fear of his wrath for our huge sins.
Jul
15
comment Arguments for early/late date of authorship of Daniel
The deciding factor for me is that Ezekiel which has an early date was written after Daniel for it mentions him. 'you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; (Ezekiel 28:3)' Anyone who has read Daniel knows 'no secrets was hid from him' refers to only the one Daniel that we know of. It's almost an emblem of his person. This on its own is a weighty argument that tips the balance for me to anything else considered.
Jul
14
comment Does “days” in prophecy equal “years” (Daniel 9 - Seventy Weeks)
This is a good argument. As years of judgment from days of iniquity was a history, prophetic symbolism can logically draw from it making a 'day' to symbolize a 'year' as a form of punishment. Good one.
Jul
8
comment Which four kingdoms are represented in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2?
For the cool commentary, thought I would tip you to the one that's got my attention at the moment. archive.org/details/criticalcommenta00arth