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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.


Dec
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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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Oct
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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.
Oct
4
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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Apr
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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.
Apr
25
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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Aug
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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.
Aug
5
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.
Aug
5
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes: I was born in Israel, I read bible in school. I noticed the flat Earth thing back then. I started translating for 2 reasons, I wanted to emulate Christopher Marlowe, who translated Ovid, except Hebrew is the only ancient language I know, and second, I wanted to see if there was grammatical recursion in the ancient text, because Dan Everett showed that ancient languages don't have grammatical recursion, which blew my mind, because I believed the Chomskian hypothesis until 2008. I found the Wikiproject Bible translation, and nobody did any Hebrew. I did Gen,Exo,Lev,Ecc,Lam,Hab,Psa1-60
Aug
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comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes: No I didn't. I came up with the flat-Earth and child-sacrifice notions, but the documentary hypothesis I read about on Wikipedia, while translating. I didn't read details, I split J/E as independently as possible, and got somewhat different answers than the political crap in modern books. I am sure I would have agreed 100% with the original Wellhausen guy (I didn't check). It's just that modern DH people tend to be tone-deaf to style, and think "P" wrote more than what he did. For example, they mistakenly attribute Genesis 1 to P rather than E, which is a laughable mistake stylewise.
Jul
13
comment Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
@Jas3.1: Ishmael was born 10 yrs before Isaac.