About

My name is Adam, and I am currently a M.A. candidate in Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The purpose of this blog is to discuss issues related to the Old Testament, Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Apologetics.

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9 Responses to “About”

  1. Dr. Kenneth Talbot Says:

    Adam:

    I have enjoyed your articles dealing with various aspects of hyper-preterism. The analysis and refutation of the hyper-preterist’s interpretation of Romans 8 was excellent. I look forward to reading any future postings on this subject.

  2. otrmin Says:

    Dr. Talbot,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement!

    God Bless,
    Adam

  3. Angela J Says:

    I wanted to say ho refreshing your views are on the mandatory marriage movement.

    But while it is most important to examine the scripture on this topic, the people arguing for mandatory and early marriage and children also look at the human effects. It is important to respond to these points also. One needs only to look around at the number of desperate people who are struggling with inadequacy as a result of the ‘single stigma’.

    The mandatory marriage and children teaching is not just a theological problem- it is extremely damaging and divisive. And it acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy. They teach that marriage (especially for women) is a part of our identity. Women are taught that God created them to be wives and mothers. So these women grow up dreaming of just that. When they become adults and don’t get married despite their best efforts they feel incomplete as if they are not real women and have failed to live up to the design of their Creator. It is also true for women that can’t conceive- they can’t shake the feeling that this is a deep need because it’s what God created them to do. Then these single and childless women are told that these desires and extreme discontentment are proof of God’s design.

    The fact is that society and sadly even the church and the family have conditioned these desires. As a child I saw many women in church devastated (not exaggerating) by the failure to find a husband. I decided then that I wasn’t going to pin my happiness on that – only on Jesus. As a 33 year old single woman my eyes are on Him. From time to time I wish I had someone so I wouldn’t always be the odd one out in social situations where people bring partners. It’s the pity I can’t stand. But I was raised in a Christian environment that did not emphasise marriage or singleness so was not programmed to desire marriage. When I return to the U.S. (I live in London) and meet single friends who are barely serving God because they are so bitter over their single status I am so thankful I did not grow up in that environment.

    Then there is the issue of sex and this is targetted at men as well, perhaps even more. We live in a highly sexualised world. And the church almost implies that it is impossible to live sin free without being married. But then they contradict themselves and say that somehow one must not sin sexually in the interim period of dating and engagement, suggesting that it is possible to live free from sexual sin while not married.

    The mandatory marriage people tell us that the devil is out to destroy godly marriage. But doesn’t he also want to destroy godly singleness so that singles miss the opportunities for devotion that Paul spoke of and spend themselves in the pursuit of marriage or coping with the ‘curse of singleness’?

    Candice argues that marriage and children is the best way of addressing the state the world is in. I would argue that our world is declining into deeper wickedness in these final days and, according to prophecy, greater disasters are coming. Even more so than when Paul wrote that he wished that we were all single because of the days he was living in. So the trend towards singleness among Christians that they are so worried about could in fact be something God has orchestrated!

    There is greater persecution of Christians around the world than ever before- that means imprisonment and martyrdom. This is going to increase. In this context we should look again at Paul’s encouragement not to marry unless you absolutely have to. Marriage is not wrong. But for the final ingathering of the harvest we need all hands on deck and they need to be unencumbered hands (sorry about the mixed metaphors).

    I have heard it argued that producing godly children is the best way of increasing the number of Christians on the earth! Such a faithless dismissal of the Great Commission ignores the reality:
    God’s heart is not breaking for insufficient numbers of Christians. His concern is for those who are lost- leaving the 99 to go after the one. We are much better off giving ourselves to reaching the unsaved who are already here.

    • ladyelaine80 Says:

      Angela J, you totally rock with that comment. However, I also believe that there are two camps of people that are really getting screwed here:
      -Christians who have a desire for marriage and are living purposeful single lives
      -Christians who are single and celibate and have no desire to marry.

      Both sides are being misunderstood, and I truly believe that there is a lot of miscommunication, misinformation, and lack of straight talk when it comes to this. The problem is that we don’t walk our talk. If our identity as believers is in Christ, then our behavior as Christians should reflect that in our relationships across the board. If contentment and happiness is in Christ alone, then our lives and attitudes should reflect this, especially in the way we behave towards one another–married AND single.

  4. rodericke Says:

    Hi there Adam. It has been a while. I was browsing through your various articles. I was thinking, perhaps you can use the script that would publish just a few paragraphs of your articles. This way people would be able to see a few titles of your articles on one page??? If you need more info on how it works, just ask. Talk to you more later.

  5. Rusty Says:

    Adam, I have enjoyed reading your posts. As a fellow OT blogger, which Hebrew font do you use? I have found using Hebrew on my wordpress site is quite difficult. Thanks. My website is http://www.lawprophetsandwritings.com.

  6. otrmin Says:

    Rusty,

    I don’t use a Hebrew font; I use something called “unicode.” There actually is a way in which you can turn a normal English keyboard into a Hebrew keyboard in order to type in unicode. Just go into the “Control Panel” option under the circle with a windows logo at the center in the bottom left hand corner of your computer. Then click on “clock, language, and region.” On the next screen, click on “region and language.” After this, click on the “keyboards and languages” tab. Under that tab click on “change keyboards.” That should bring up a pop up screen called “Text Services and Input Languages.” Click on the “add..” button on the right side of the pop up. Scroll down to Hebrew (Israel), and click on the + sign box to the left of it. Then, check the box next to “Hebrew.” After this, click “Ok.” That should take you back to the “Text Services and Input Languages” screen, and “Hebrew” should be added to the list of installed services. After this is done, click on the “apply” button down on the far left hand corner of the pop up window. After this, click on “okay.”

    After you do all of this, simply hit Alt+shift, and your computer’s keyboard will be turned into a Hebrew keyboard. The link with a chart showing the keys for that keyboard can be found here:

    If you need to add vowel pointing, I usually insert the Hebrew text into a word processor program such as Microsoft Word. Then simply go to “insert” and select “symbol.” Select a unicode font such as “Arial,” and scroll down to the Hebrew section. You will see all of the vowels listed slightly above the Hebrew letters. Simply use the insert key to insert the vowels, and then copy and paste it into your blog post.

    Then, in order to go back to typing in English, simply hit Alt+shift again, and you should go back to English characters. Hence, anytime you want to shift between Hebrew and English simply hit Alt+shift.

    Also, I like to make my Hebrew characters about a size 4, because, if you don’t enlarge them, they will seem kind of small compared to the rest of the text.

    Anyway, I hope all of that was helpful, and I am glad you have enjoyed reading my posts. I will be paying a visit to your blog sometime soon!

    God Bless,
    Adam

  7. Webb Mealy Says:

    Adam,

    Can you summarize what training you’ve undergone so far in Hebrew language and linguistics? Someone has recently suggested that you’re a beginner in Hebrew, which doesn’t seem obvious to me. Nothing like simply asking, to find out the answer, eh?

    Webb Mealy

  8. otrmin Says:

    Webb Mealy,

    Yes.

    -B.A. Theological languages [Latin, Greek, and Hebrew] from Concordia University Wisconsin [Zondervan Hebrew Award]

    -Finished Coursework for a M.A. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages [Trinity Evangelical Divinity School], specializing in Hebrew exegesis/linguistics, and Ancient Near Eastern languages.

    And, I am currently looking to pursue doctoral work in linguistics specializing in historical linguistics, semantics, and pragmatics, and hence, I have knowledge of those fields as well, especially as they relate to Biblical Hebrew and ancient near eastern languages.

    I have studied Latin and Greek as well as the following ancient near eastern languages:

    Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic
    Akkadian
    Sumerian
    Ugaritic
    Aramaic/Syriac

    Also, I don’t care if people want to call me a “beginner.” I know that I was trained well at Trinity and Concordia, and, I take heart in the phrase “which doesn’t seem obvious to me.” As long as I can continue to simply make it hard for people to believe such a thing by being God-honoring in my scholarship, then I don’t care if someone else wants to assert something like that. My goal is the edification of the body of Christ, and, if someone wants to disrespect me, that is their business. I don’t serve them. I serve my Lord and savior.

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