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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.


Mar
31
revised What is the significance of Moses being called a “bridegroom of blood?”
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Mar
31
answered Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?
Mar
31
answered What is the significance of Moses being called a “bridegroom of blood?”
Feb
22
awarded  Supporter
Feb
20
comment How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
@Amichai: the (R)'s and (S)'s are cantillation marks of unknown function in the Hebrew text. I suppose the "S" is for "Selah", which is believed to mean pause, and I am guessing that the R means something like "emphatic" or "low-tone", or something. It's a guide for singing or chanting the verses. I tried to place them in the closest corresponding location, but sometimes it required judgement calls.
Feb
20
awarded  Editor
Feb
20
revised How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
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Feb
20
comment How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
@Amichai: yes--- sorry for not making it clear. I'll expand the answer.
Feb
20
awarded  Teacher
Feb
19
answered Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
Feb
19
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
@Alex: This slightly misstates Rashi's reasoning--- he is not reinterpreting "Bereshith", but reinterpreting "bara" (the second word) to be "bro" (which is a nonexistent construction). He then assumes that "Bereshith bro Elohim et .." means "In the beginning of God's creating the". This reading is extremely creative, but it doesn't pass the smell test. The KJ and usual translations are fine in this regard--- it means what it says--- In the beginning, God created the skies and the Earth. Rashi has a religious motivation with zero textual backup.
Feb
19
answered How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?