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I like translating the Hebrew of the Bible, and I think it can be done accurately and honestly, better than extant translations, so long as you ignore the theologically minded people completely. They generally are not honest enough, you can't trust anything they say.


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accepted Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
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comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@schuh; Mind? How could I! You did a good job. I am not very persuasive.
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comment The Eye of the Needle
@Davïd: Yup, sounds like a red herring to you. It's not, read a little more, and use wayback.
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comment Does Moses Speak Broken Hebrew?
I suspected that this was giving a feeling for what an Egyptian accent or Coptic speaking "Hebrew as a second language" people sounded like. I just wanted to confirm with others who read Hebrew that it's not in my imagination.
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comment Does Moses Speak Broken Hebrew?
Hebrew was a written language in an older alphabet before the 2nd century or whenever the aramaic alphabet was standardized. The ancient writing system is well known in the field. You are assuming that Moses wrote it, which is absurd. The text was written around 6-10th century BC, perhaps likeliest in the time of Ezra, in the pre-Aramaic Hebrew alphabet. The speech of Moses is still strangely rendered, and sounds ungrammatical.
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comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
I read the original language, and there are two different number commands: bring two vs. bring 7/7. The first instruction is not saying "bring them in pairs", it is saying "bring two", and it means what it says. Downvoted, this is making up a strained interpretation to blind yourself to textual boundaries.
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comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
@RaphaelRosch: My answer is correct, Bob Jones is simply ignoring the text, he isn't seeing textual boundaries that are simply obvious. I didn't give myself points, accepting your own answer gives 0 points, I am not interested in points. The textual inconsistencies in the Noah story are real, they are easy to see, and if you claim not to see them, you are simply dishonest. I don't compromise with dishonest folks, sorry.
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comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
But the Samaritan has El-Shaddai, so it's not something that's introduced, and the Hebrew roots don't allow an interpretation of "Your God" very naturally. But perhaps it was a borrowing in a different language, who knows. "Shaddai" means something like "my breast", or "my teat", in Hebrew, and perhaps has a fertility goddess connotation, but I am not sure, it's too isolated. If only there were more ancient texts... +1 for the sources and interesting thoughts, thank you.
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comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes: Like your answer, but it's strange ideas. When I said "I found", I just mean I split the text according to the best stylistic similarities, using "Yahweh" vs. "Elohim" as a guide at first, and later, after becoming familiar with the styles, you just know who writes what. The Elohim stuff is very poetic, the Yahweh stuff is very forceful and literal, and fleshy, and I like it better, but the Elohim stuff is probably of equal quality. The P stuff is all the law business at the end of Exodus, a handful of redactions, and nearly all of Leviticus.