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16 Jun 2009

New Layout

Submitted by Paul Brown

I changed the layout of the site today. The new theme is based on Black Mamba but includes, as usual, a number of modifications to get it to look the way I want it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new layout, and if you notice anything that is goofy, please let me know.

14 Jan 2008

What Old Testament verse do you think is most commonly quoted in the New Testament?

Following the NIV footnotes to count quotations of the Old Testament appearing in the New Testament, the most frequently quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament is.... (drumroll please!):

Quoted 8 times, Leviticus 19:18 – "Love your neighbor as yourself" – found in Mat 5:43; Mat 19:19; Mat 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8

Runners-up (quoted 6 times): Deuteronomy 5:16; Deuteronomy 5:17/Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:18/Exodus 20:14; Psalm 118:26

What is interesting is that many people think the most commonly quoted verse is Psalm 110:1. Although my research did not show this to be the Old Testament verse most frequently quoted in the New Testament, it wasn't hard to find evidence that this is commonly thought to be the most frequently quoted verse.

Test Your Bible IQ by Christopher Edwards, page 23 asks, "What Old Testament verse is most frequently quoted in the New Testament?" The answer it gives is the same as the answer I got from all three respondents: Psalm 110:1, which Edwards claims is quoted 18 times.

Bruce Barton in the Life Application New Testament Commentary says on page 480, "In Psalm 110:1, again David was not speaking of himself but of Christ. This verse is the most frequently quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament (thirteen times)."

Steve Moyise and M. J. J. Menken offer a footnote on page 170 in their book, The Psalms in the New Testament, that documents these eighteen supposed appearances of Psalm 110:1
Mat 22:44; Mat 26:64; Mark 12:36; Mark 14:62; Lk 20:42-43; Lk 22:69; Acts 2:33-34; Acts 5:31; Acts 7:55f; Rom 8:34; 1 Cor 15:25; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3,13; Heb 8:1; Heb 10:12-13; Heb 12:2; 1 Pet 3:22

Many of these supposed quotations of Psalm 110:1 contain nothing more than a reference to Jesus being "at the right hand" of the Father or putting his enemies "under his feet". Click a few of the links to read the verses, and you'll see what I mean. While use of these phrases may contain an allusion to Psalm 110:1, I wouldn't consider them quotations. I have no axe to grind, though, so if you have heard that Psalm 110:1 is the "most commonly quoted verse in the New Testament" and you want to stick with that, at least now you know exactly where and how it appears.

If you want to peruse the data for yourself, here are the tables and the Microsoft Access database I started from:
Quoted verse count table
Complete list of quotes
Access database

(Note for web geeks: I added the Scripturizer javascript port to my site so now all Scripture references will be linked to the NIV text of the passage. I think that's pretty cool!)

23 Aug 2007

A fresh new look

Submitted by Paul Brown

As much as I liked the previous template--which did significant development of myself--it had been there for a long time, so I thought it was time for a new one. So here it is! This one was mostly ready to go "out of the box", but I changed a few things to get more space in the page.

Enjoy!

3 Jul 2007

So many posts!

Submitted by Paul Brown

My pace of posting over the last couple of weeks has taken a significant uptick over what it had been for a long time before this. The reason for this is that I am trying to write more as a means of developing my ability to articulate what I am thinking. Do you ever have times where you have been cogitating on something for a while, and you start to share your ideas with a friend, and you have a hard time explaining yourself coherently. Maybe not, but I do!

So, in order to get better at thinking things through far enough to formulate the thoughts in words, sentences, and paragraphs, I've been writing and posting more. Posting on my website allows my friends and family (and the random passerby?) to share in my thoughts and add their own--and to offer correction if I am unwittingly out in left field. I really appreciate the comments that have been contributed!

A tip to help keep up with updates on any kind of "blog" site like this: find out about RSS. There are many resources on the internet that can help you get started using RSS to keep up with changes to websites. Here is one. I use "Live Bookmarks" in Firefox to give me a folder on my toolbar containing feeds of all the sites that I read on a regular basis. The RSS feed for pdb.homelinux.net is available at the following URL:
http://pdb.homelinux.net/en/node/feed

20 Dec 2006

Last night I managed to successfully upgrade from Fedora Core 5 to Fedora Core 6 on my server. I uninstalled about 400 of the 1000 packages on the system, and after that the installer was able to get past the point where it had hung before. I discovered only two things that didn't work when I rebooted into FC6 for the first time, and they were easy fixes (with Google's help).

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