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I like to split hairs.


May
3
answered Brothers *and sisters* in modern translations
Apr
28
comment Did someone really name their son Fool?
In cultures like ours it's preferred to give people names with noble or auspicious meanings, but this is not universally the case — in some places and at some times it has been the practice for people to have less positive names. Roman cognomens, though not given names, were often like this (e.g. Claudius 'lame', or Naso 'large-nosed'). In some cultures at least one reason given is to make evil spirits less interested in the child.
Apr
12
comment Why does the King James have “turtle” in Song of Solomon 2:12?
@swasheck Yes, but not "Old English", just old(er) English--Old English (with a capital Old) is specifically a stage of English that ended about six hundred years before the KJV was written.
Mar
30
comment Did Jesus wear pants?
Maybe more an 'anatopism' than an 'anachronism' - there were pants back then after all (on the Latin-speaking end of the empire they were called bracae or braccae) but they were almost certainly more common among the Germanic and Celtic peoples than the people of the Mediterranean.
Feb
8
comment Why pray, “lead us not into temptation”?
@Monica (Greek aside - I don't think that addressed what you meant - yes, 'lead' is a verb with strong implications, but are we to suggest that he's not the one in charge?)
Feb
8
comment Why pray, “lead us not into temptation”?
@MonicaCellio The Greek word used here is "εἰσενέγκῃς", whose dictionary form is εἰσφέρω. That word is made up of elements meaning literally 'carry into'; if what I understand the usual root for 'lead' is was used, it would be εἰσάγω. But my Greek isn't strong enough to say whether the difference in roots is meaningful or just a quirk of idiom—maybe make a separate question for this?
Feb
7
answered Why pray, “lead us not into temptation”?
Jan
11
comment Misleading “but” in Matthew 5:22 KJV?
@Jon My understanding is δε is used before consonants and δ (usually with an apostrophe, δ') before vowels.
Jan
11
answered Misleading “but” in Matthew 5:22 KJV?
Jan
6
answered Why did Abraham stop at ten in Genesis 18:32?
Jan
6
accepted Why is Moses' reference to God's promise in Exodus 32 effective?
Jan
5
comment Why is Moses' reference to God's promise in Exodus 32 effective?
Hmm... does omnipotence have a sense of 'wasted effort'? (Indeed, Romans 9:18-24, etc., suggests that the potter creates some vessels to destroy them.)
Jan
2
asked Why is Moses' reference to God's promise in Exodus 32 effective?
Dec
12
comment What is the third heaven that Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 12:2?
Background (mostly based on non-canonical sources): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Heaven
Dec
8
comment Does Paul command the Corinthians to remain unmarried?
@Peter Refactored the opening a bit.
Dec
8
revised Does Paul command the Corinthians to remain unmarried?
refactor opening
Dec
8
comment Does Paul command the Corinthians to remain unmarried?
@Peter Actually wanted to cut that out altogether as I mainly wanted it for the hedging, not the content itself. Will do that.
Dec
8
answered Does Paul command the Corinthians to remain unmarried?
Dec
6
answered Was the gospel mystery “secret” or “revealed through the prophets”?
Dec
2
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