A Little bit About Me

I am a graduate student at Talbot School of Theology (currently on a personal sabbatical), studying for a M. A. in New Testament.  Areas of study that I find interesting are  Hebrews, Greek grammar and linguistics, New Testament textual criticism, New Testament Theology, hermeneutics, early Christian literature, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, honor and shame motifs,  and classical Greek rhetoric and historiography. I am happily married to the most beautiful woman alive.  When I have the time, I also like to play guitar (I secretly want to be a blues guitarist in the vein of my hero, Stevie Ray Vaughn). I am a lover of books, to my wife’s displeasure. I think if I had to choose between books or food, I may be in trouble.

4 thoughts on “A Little bit About Me

  1. Saw your Chritmas story in Hosea…

    The long lost story of Christmas.

    Has the Christmas story lost it’s wonder?

    This is a story of Christmas that was first told more that 3400 years ago and has been hidden on the coffee tables and bookshelves wherever Bibles are found. It is not an allegory, but a prophecy of the birth of Christ given in undeniable detail

    It has been hidden in the code of double entendre, or double intent. Double intent is possible because words have more than one meaning. “I want your life.” Can mean either “I want to kill you” or “I want to be you” depending upon the speaker.

    If it were possible for two speakers to speak with one voice, they could conceivable intend two very different meanings. Imagine trying to make everything you said have a double entendre. It would almost be impossible. The best comedians can only pull it off occasionally.

    Here is an example of the first two verses of the hidden Christmas story “explained” word for word.

    The language is stilted the same way a literal translation from one language to another is stilted. The numbers in braces are Strong’s reference numbers so you can trace them for yourself.

    Gen 38:1,2 (Read only the first two columns)

    Words shared between the original and double intent
    Double intent
    Strongs ref
    Original intent

    1 And it came to pass at that time, that
    God

    Judah

    went down from
    the Trinity

    his brethren

    and
    offered

    turned into

    a certain
    justice to the people
    <05726
    Adullamite,

    whose
    reputation

    name

    was
    to wax pale (to die)

    Hirah

    2 And
    God

    Judah

    considered

    saw

    to establish a son
    from
    there a daughter

    of
    man

    a certain

    lowlander

    Canaanite

    whose
    reputation

    name

    was
    cry out (the Word)

    Shuah

    and he
    took in the hand to [make it]

    took her

    come to pass

    and went in unto her.

    Paraphrasing this:

    God intended to satisfy justice through the death of the Son of Man on earth who would be known as the Word, and he took steps to make it happen.

    Let me just paraphrase the story contained in Gen 38, and if you wish to see the details of the “explanation” you can write to me.

    1,2 God intended to satisfy justice through the death of the Son of Man on earth who would be known as the Word, and he took steps to make it happen.

    3. First he called from the dust, Adam,

    4. then Israel was mistakenly called “vigorous”.

    5.And Joseph enquired carefully about the lie (of Mary’s unfaithfulness).

    6,7. God gave Adam the ability to be fruitful, but he ate the fruit of the forbidden tree and was killed.

    8 So God said to Israel, Go raise up living children on behalf of your dead brother Adam.

    9. Israel knew the children would not be his own so he refused to do his duty.

    10. And this displeased God so he slew Israel also.

    11.Then he said to fruitfulness, Remain a widow (400 years) until Joseph (husband of Mary) is grown, lest he die (and fail to be fruitful) as his brethren did.

    12. In time, the cry for help died, and God was sorry. He went up with his destroyers at the appointed time, with death and justice.

    13. It was told to Mary, Behold God goes up to the appointed time to cut off the sheep.

    14. She took joy and fell under the authority of the public face of God and made herself available near the appointed time (of Jesus’ death). For Joseph was grown and she was still a virgin.

    15. When God saw her he intended to overshadow her, because of her humility.

    16. And God bent down and said, Ascribe Glory to God, Let me overshadow you. And she said, What will you give me?

    17. And he said, I will send you a scapegoat for the people. And she said, Will you give me an assurance of the promise?

    18. And he said, He shall be called the son of God, you will not be unclean, and the power of God will overshadow you. And she conceived by him.

    19. And she went away and knew not Joseph.

    20. And God gave her a son, for the works of justice, to keep his promise concerning the works of the deceived. But he could not recognize her (as one of the deceived).

    21. He asked men if they could accuse, and she was without blame.

    22. And justice returned to God and could not accuse her in heaven.

    23. And God said, let her keep the assurances, for I have sent the scapegoat.

    24. And it came to pass in God’s timing, that Joseph told God, Mary has played the harlot and is with child illegitimately. And God said, Bring her into the open and display her total devotion.

    25. When she was brought forth she praised God and shared the assurances she had been given.

    26. And God assured Joseph that the promises he had made to her were true.

    27. And it came to pass that behold, the man-God child was in her womb.

    28. And when she delivered her son was emptied of deity and was made flesh

    29,30. And behold he was the son of the promise, heir of the Kingdom of God. And she named him the breaking forth of the rising, or dayspring.

    The human author could not have understood, nor intended for this story to be contained in the narrative of Tamar. Nor could the image be seen and understood until after the fact of Jesus’ birth. He is the light that illuminates the Old Testament.

    So the double entendre must be there by the very finger of God upon His word, the Bible.

    This first Christmas story was originally told by Joseph, the brother of Judah. He, like his namesake, the husband of Mary, was not in the bloodline of Jesus.

    Makes one wonder….

    Bob

    I hope this blesses you.

    Drawings of sensus plenior at http://idontknownuthin.com

    I am a bi-vocational evangelist/pastor in Utah.

  2. Nice to meet other people with an interest in textual criticism. I am a doctoral student from Romania, currently working in Muenster at the INTF (which makes the Nestle-Aland editions and the Editio Critica Maior).

  3. Leon the scribe! He was the one who copied the only remaining (nearly) full copy of the Didache. I am so happy to see someone else who knows this silly piece of minutia!

  4. Two questions about Apostle Paul I have always wondered about. 1) Did he have a Near Death Experience? He had several encounters death.2) Being the nearest contemporary of Jesus (before the four gospels) why is there no mention of the major events, parables and sayings of Jesus.?

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