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1 False Brothers Note 2 Cor 11:26 DocTrinsograce Thu 05/26/16, 2:31pm 243123
  "Talk radio is either the fertile valley or the fruited plains of popular speech. As a regular listener to several genres I have noticed both hosts and listeners confusing these two words: quasi and pseudo. One may almost understand why there might be confusion. At the very outer edges of the meaning of both they almost touch but they are distinct words with distinct senses. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the adjective pseudo comes from the Greek adjective (pseudes) which, according to Liddell and Scott, means lying or false. In Greek the root (pseud-) was used as a prefix just as we do in English. Liddell and Scott give to interesting examples: (pseudo-didaskalos; false teacher) and (pseudo-kerux); in Sophocles a false herald but in Christian usage a false preacher.This is a significant adjective in New Testament usage. In his catalogue of hazards, Paul says that faced danger from rivers, robbers, his own people (Jews), the city, wilderness, the sea, and from false brothers (2 Cor 11:26), i.e., those who pretended to be Christians but who, in reality, were not and who put his safety or life in jeopardy. In Galatians 2:4 he complains about 'false brothers" who pretended to be Christians but were really Judaizers, who were looking for an opportunity to accuse him (and others) for not keeping the Old Covenant (Mosaic) ceremonies and imposing them on the Gentile Christians.

"Thus, the correct usage of pseudo is a substitute or a synonym for false. 'She put on her pseudo-lashes and went out for the evening.'" --R. Scott Clark
2 How long is a Sabbath day walk? Note Acts 1:12 DocTrinsograce Thu 05/26/16, 6:08am 243122
  Hi, Ed...

I was trying to keep it simple, but clearly I failed to do so.

On top of that I incorrectly converted a mile to furlongs rather than vice versa. I think something over seven furlongs is a mile. Thank you for pointing out my error.

By the way, the Pharisees were not always "looking for loopholes." Rather they were trying to protect themselves from transgressing the law by fencing the laws with additional proscriptions or enjoinments. Certainly they neglected or even sought means to minimize what God had commanded. I have a Mezuzah on my door. It serves to remind me of the Shema (Deuteronomy 6). It is a great reminder, for we Jews took Deuteronomy 6 seriously and literally: Placing the command on our foreheads and on our doorposts... yet utterly failing to place them in the heart.

So, let's see, I answered your explicit statement. The implicit statement as to where the figures come from can be found in the Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud), chapter 4. In Christ's day this would have been part of the Mishnah. If you read through it you will see the 1000, 2000, and 3000 cubit references. You'll also find a bit of their explanation as to how the Sages came up with all of this stuff.

Oh, another by the way, the walk from the Jerusalem city center to the gates was about 1000 cubits. An additional 1000 cubits was allowed from the gate. Gethsemane was about 1000 cubits from the gate. Since the Halakah allowed for another 1000 cubits to return, one can understand why Gethsemane was a popular place to visit on Shabbat.

In Him, Doc

3 How long is a Sabbath day walk? Note Acts 1:12 DocTrinsograce Thu 05/26/16, 5:19am 243121
  Yeah, but Talmudic thinking isn't the same as Western thinking.

4 How long is a Sabbath day walk? Note Acts 1:12 ipl Wed 05/25/16, 10:06pm 243120
  The book of Joshua does not mention the Sabbath by name. It must have been one of the seven days that Jericho was to be marched around. Josh 3:4 does not set the limit on how far someone is to travel somewhere. It is setting the minimum distance to stay behind the ark of the covenant when it is moved.
5 Free will, or ? Note Rom 9:16 EdB Wed 05/25/16, 7:48pm 243119
  Doc I think you use the word pastor to liberally. Any one that stands in the pulpit and has never preached exegetically is a hireling not a pastor.
In my humble opinion.
6 Free will, or ? Note Rom 9:16 DocTrinsograce Wed 05/25/16, 2:16pm 243118
  Hi, justme!

Keep dealing with whole books of the Bible. Tossing out pericopes, verses, chapters, etc. will fend off heterodoxy. We live by EVERY word of God. Our wisdom rests in Him alone, not in someone's ability to pick and choose the passages that make them feel good.

Check out the Jefferson Bible if you want to see the ultimate in that practice. Sit in the pulpit of many of our churches if you want to see it commonly done. Did you know that there are churches where the pastors have never preached exegetically?

Anyway, you might want to be sure that your email is not sending your messages to the junk folder. If you see it in the junk folder, go in, and tell your email that it is not junk, but a trusted sender.

In Him, Doc
7 How long is a Sabbath day walk? Note Acts 1:12 EdB Wed 05/25/16, 7:51am 243116
  I fail to understand your answer. 2000 cubits is a far shorter distance than 8.75 miles. Most scholars place a cubit to be about 15 to 18 inches ( distance of elbow to index finger tip) 2000 cubits would be about 3000 feet, a little more than a half mile.
I fully understand that the Pharisees using loopholes circumvented these restrictions but again even the most generous interpretations still limited travel to less than 2.3 miles.

I was taught that a faithful Jew would limit their steps to 1000 approx 3000 feet. That they would build their homes to accommodate this distance to a local synagogue and nominal number of trip to outhouse.

Can you enlighten me to where the 8.75 miles figure came from?
8 Free will, or ? Note Rom 9:16 justme Wed 05/25/16, 6:35am 243115
  Doc. I waited for an answer, as I knew you or someone would answer asap. Buy it never came so I checked here. And for sur it was answered. Something is wrong as I am not getting emails when answers are made. any suggestions? Thanks for the answer.

9 Why Imitate Christ? Note Gal 5:8 DocTrinsograce Mon 05/23/16, 3:55pm 243108
  Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul-if they would escape the sickness of sin, and enjoy the vigor of growing grace, let Jesus be their model. For their own happiness' sake, if they would drink wine on the lees, well refined; if they would enjoy holy and happy communion with Jesus; if they would be lifted up above the cares and troubles of this world, let them walk even as he walked. There is nothing which can so assist you to walk towards heaven with good speed, as wearing the image of Jesus on your heart to rule all its motions. It is when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus in his very footsteps, that you are most happy, and most known to be the sons of God. Peter afar off is both unsafe and uneasy. Next, for religion's sake, strive to be like Jesus. Ah! poor religion, thou hast been sorely shot at by cruel foes, but thou hast not been wounded one-half so dangerously by thy foes as by thy friends. Who made those wounds in the fair hand of Godliness? The professor who used the dagger of hypocrisy. The man who with pretenses, enters the fold, being naught but a wolf in sheep's clothing, worries the flock more than the lion outside. There is no weapon half so deadly as a Judas-kiss. Inconsistent professors injure the gospel more than the sneering critic or the infidel. But, especially for Christ's own sake, imitate his example. Christian, lovest thou thy Savior? Is his name precious to thee? Is his cause dear to thee? Wouldst thou see the kingdoms of the world become his? Is it thy desire that he should be glorified? Art thou longing that souls should be won to him? If so, imitate Jesus; be an "epistle of Christ, known and read of all men." --Charles H. Spurgeon
10 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 DocTrinsograce Sat 05/21/16, 11:51am 243107
  Dear ipl,

That's a good question! When people do not site a source, we must assume that it arises only from their own ponderings. Speculations like that can easily be ignored. As orthodox Biblical Christians we understand that "The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched by other places that speak more clearly. (2 Peter 1:20-21; Acts 15:15-16)" Consequently, let us not be concerned when nothing is provided as support for someone's speculation!

In Him, Doc
11 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 ipl Fri 05/20/16, 10:10pm 243106
  Is the following statement in Hesiod's "Works and Days" a satisfactory example? "Show them to the sun ten days and ten nights ...". Nothing can be shown to the sun during the night. I found a post on academia.edu that is very insightful called "Counting of days and nights in the Bible". Unfortunately it lacks citations. Maybe you can contact the author at sil.org for possible examples.
12 In Accordance with the Law Note Acts 24:14 DocTrinsograce Wed 05/18/16, 2:15pm 243105
  "The nature and use of the law (which goes before the covenant of grace) having been unfolded, we must now treat [discuss] of the covenant itself. Since it is of the greatest importance in theology (being as it were the center and bond of all religion, consisting in the communion of God with man and embracing in its compass [totality] all the benefits of God towards man and his duties towards God), our highest interest lies in rightly knowing and observing it. Hence the discussion of it demands peculiar accuracy (akribeian), that the truth may be confirmed against the errors by which Satan has endeavored in almost every age to obscure and corrupt this saving doctrine." --Francis Turretin (1992)
13 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 DocTrinsograce Sat 05/14/16, 12:49pm 243104
14 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 sola Scriptura Fri 05/13/16, 2:56pm 243103
  Doc, I found this fellow on the internet affirming that he was a Jehovah's Witness. I let lockman know about it.
15 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 rstrats Fri 05/13/16, 11:57am 243102
re: "Rstats, your perspicuity is not at issue..."

I never said that is was. I said that it was a lack of understanding by the responders to this topic; and that their lack of understanding must be due to my inability to explain the question.
16 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 DocTrinsograce Fri 05/13/16, 11:03am 243101
17 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 DocTrinsograce Fri 05/13/16, 11:01am 243100
  Rstats, your perspicuity is not at issue. Instead, your ability to study -- or perhaps an unwillingness to be taught -- that is at stake.

Dollars to donuts you are getting the same information from the many websites you participate in...

Ah, I seem to have found a Jehovah's Witness site of which you are a member! Is that your background?
18 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 DocTrinsograce Fri 05/13/16, 10:55am 243099
  Hi, Rstats...

I am very sorry that your single question has born so little fruit for you! I cannot imagine that you would glean so little from 200 centuries of thought. One can even find free sources here on the Internet.

You know, Christianity is not about faith. It is about an historic account. If you find fault with the common understanding of this three days in the grave question, you will find little else of individual value.

It really is a shame that your questing all over the Internet -- and presumably actually doing some study on your own? -- resulted in nothing to your liking.

Of course, the alternative is that this is simply what is called a hook. An effort to entrap the unwary with a verse (or question) that can become the central issue on which to hang a person's future. This is very common among Russellites and Smithists.

You also seem to turn careful and studied responses on their tail. Clearly none of us here command sufficient respect from you to provide instruction.

This reveals a serious spiritual issue. We shall take upon ourselves a more serious effort to pray for you, son.

In Him, Doc
19 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 rstrats Fri 05/13/16, 6:55am 243098
re: "Apparently the very same people who answered you four years ago still have not provided you with a satisfactory answer, but they keep pleasantly trying to help you to the best of their ability."

re: "I honestly believe if they has a better answer they would be pleased to give you a better answer."

re: "You definitely seem to have become part of the SBF, and trust us enough to seek often if we have found out anything new."

re: "I think as we have really reached out to you to honestly replied as best as possible."

re: "...I will get in contact with some Hebrew Scholars I know of and see what they have to say."

From those comments, it seems apparent that I'm not articulate enough to formulate a question in such a way that its meaning is clear. So I shall move on and not do anymore pestering.
20 Three Days and Three Nights Note Bible general Archive 4 rstrats Fri 05/13/16, 6:40am 243097
re: " Never said it did. What it explained was how Jesus was actually in the grave 3 days and 3 nights with no need for manufactured idioms, understandings, or first century thought."

That's an issue for another topic. Perhaps you could start one if you're interested in discussing it.
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