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You can read about what I've done over the years in my curriculum vitae.

On a personal note, I'm married and have three children. Our oldest son loves school, friends, games, and reading. (He can't wait to get on our LEGO® Answers site, but he's not quite old enough. My posts there are usually at his request.) Two of my children happen to have been born on the same day. I sometimes write about that experience.

Don't have time for a full review of something? Why not try my 5-second reviews?

Occasionally, I write a post for Eschewmenical.


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comment How do the books in the Bible get their names?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! It looks like you got the answer you wanted, but I think the Christianity site is a better venue for the topic. Question here tend to be more associated with the meaning of the texts and techniques for discovering that meaning.
Nov
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comment What was meant by “paradise” when Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross?
+1: N. T. Wright comments (in nearly all the books by him I've read) that the righteous won't go to "heaven" in the Resurrection, but to a new creation, which included a new heaven and a new earth. As you suggest, one guess about what happens to the righteous before the Resurrection is that they wait in paradise.
Nov
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comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
An excellent answer that prompts a great many questions! The Talmud is absolutely fascinating and I wish I had enough background to read it without getting stuck every few minute.
Nov
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revised Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
Clean up my own grammar. Like Mark, I was in a hurry.
Nov
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comment Did King Hezekiah do something wrong in showing off his wealth to emissaries from Babylonia in II Kings 20?
When asking Tanakh questions it probably makes sense to use the JPS translation as you have. I'll try to remember that.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I went ahead and answered according to my hermeneutical presupposition. (But as you will see, I use a variety of methods to arrive at an answer. Maybe it would be better to call them "presuppositions".)
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I went ahead and answered my question. I've thought about the problem a lot and so it was inevitable that I'd have to provide an answer at some point. Feel free to poke any holes you might see in my argument. ;-)
Nov
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answered Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
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comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
Well, this is my best shot. Most of the work was actually cutting words that don't (in my opinion) help you get the meaning of your question across. I also picked the ESV, which will help an average reader understand the passage better. As always, feel free to re-edit.
Nov
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revised Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
This is how I would ask the question. As always, feel free to re-edit.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@GalacticCowboy: I don't think your first option is possible: "But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David." (1 Samuel 22:20 ESV) I believe high priesthood in David's time was for life unlike in Jesus' time. (But I don't have a source at hand for that.)
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Bruce: Mark's reluctance to change the name is exactly the reason I think "Jesus misspoke" is a serious possibility. If I recall correctly, Dr. Ehrman makes the case that since there's no reason for someone to add in the mistake, it must go back quite a long way. (He goes too far when he expounds on the dire consequences to our faith if that's true, however.) I agree with your answer except that I think you dismiss one option too quickly. (I'm your +1.)
Nov
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
@Bob: I hope you don't feel castigated by me. If so, I apologize. I value your contributions when they are of high quality. I'm sorry we've been butting heads so much today. It's likely I haven't been in the best place to participate here today, so I'll lay low until tomorrow.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I might be targeting you a bit. ;-) If this question were asked by a skeptic, such as Dr. Ehrman, your answer would be completely off target. The most probable solution to the apparent contradiction is that someone made a mistake. If the contradiction were within a book, I agree a plausible solution would be preferred over assuming the author didn't know what he was doing. But here, it's possible that Jesus, Mark or both screwed up the name of the high priest. After all, they are only human.
Oct
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
Well said. One quibble: the two inventions that have done the most to change the way we think about preserving the past (photography and audio recording) are more like 150 and 125 years old respectively. I'd also suggest the printing press and etching prints have had a more significant impact on our expectations than you hint at.
Oct
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comment Where did Samuel come from when he was summoned by the Medium of En-dor?
I wholeheartedly agree with your final point (and much of the rest of the answer). It does seem likely that the woman never saw anything like what happened when Samuel approached her.
Oct
31
comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
This question seems overly confrontational and rhetorical. If this were your first question, I'd probably overlook it and try to answer earnestly. But I find myself having the same reaction to each of your questions. How can we convince you to write better, more approachable questions?
Oct
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asked Where did Samuel come from when he was summoned by the Medium of En-dor?
Oct
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
I've provided an answer, but this question is borderline in my opinion. It just seems confrontational and not open to getting a range of answers. The last paragraph seems like a rhetorical question with an implied answer of "None". I'm also feeling like you aren't asking questions in earnest, but pushing an agenda. I know you've denied it in the past, but actions speak louder than words.