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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
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?
retitle copyedit
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?
Apr
8
revised Does a leper have yellow hair or black hair?
edited title
Apr
7
answered Does a leper have yellow hair or black hair?
Apr
7
asked Does a leper have yellow hair or black hair?
Apr
7
awarded  Critic
Apr
7
revised Does Moses Speak Broken Hebrew?
fix chapter (32 not 34)
Apr
6
comment What was Eve's role in relation to Adam?
I used a "helpmate complementing him" which I think is closest.
Apr
6
revised Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
answer the question