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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.


Apr
9
comment Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
This is a comment, not an answer, but I believe the earliest versions of the religion demanded child sacrifice, with reforms that abolish this coming later. This removes the interpretation stretches regarding these two verses. Unfortunately, I can't support this with anything else, it is just a suspicion, based upon the odd nature of Genesis 22, and the firstborn sacrifice logic of Exodus.
Apr
9
asked Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
Apr
9
comment Which are the Ten Commandments?
Again, there is no contradiction in the documentary hypothesis. The two traditions emphasize different rituals. The earlier Jahwist narrative (I believe) owns the second set of commandments) while the later Elohist narrative owns the first, prettier, set. I am not 100% on this, because by this stage, Yahweh is used by both as God's identifier.
Apr
9
asked Which are the Ten Commandments?
Apr
9
answered Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
Apr
9
asked Why is Isaac called Abraham's only son?
Apr
9
answered Why is Beer-Sheva' called Beer-Sheva'?
Apr
9
asked Why is Beer-Sheva' called Beer-Sheva'?
Apr
9
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
This is a just-so story allowing you to make the text self-consistent. None of these readings is supportable. "Be-El Shaddai" is an artsy but acceptable way of saying "using El Shaddai". I don't like unlikely stretching of text to fit a theology, when the text is unfriendly to this reading. The grammar contortions by theologically minded people make their analysis untrustworthy. As for the connotation, Shaddai->fertility/providence Yahweh->Miracles/direct-action, I agree. The distinction between the personal Yahweh and the impersonal Shaddai is due to the different vision of God in J and E.
Apr
8
comment Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
@JonEricson: It is not a question of eyewitnesses--- none of the tales of Jesus can be eyewitness accounts, because they describe supernatural events, and supernatural events are impossible. That's it. The life expectancy is not an issue, if you made it to 20, you have a good chance, 80% or so, of making it to 60, and from there a 50/50 chace of getting to 70, then 80 (this is an estimate).
Apr
8
answered At what point did Abraham know he was talking to God in Genesis 18?
Apr
8
answered Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
Apr
8
comment Who did Cain marry?
This is not Hermeneutics, it is theology. The only answer to "who did Cain marry?" is "it does not say, probably an unnamed sister".
Apr
8
comment Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
This is a genuine question--- I don't know the answer for this contradiction.
Apr
8
revised Why is Joseph taken to prison, and yet still seems to be with Potiphar?
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Apr
8
answered Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
Apr
8
asked Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
Apr
8
asked Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
Apr
8
answered Why is Joseph taken to prison, and yet still seems to be with Potiphar?
Apr
8
asked Why is Joseph taken to prison, and yet still seems to be with Potiphar?