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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.


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
2
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.
Apr
23
comment Who was Moses supposed to say sent him, “Ehieh” or “Yahweh”
Except "Ehieh" is not "hayah", so the difference is much bigger than waw to jud.
Apr
3
comment What else can “Fifteen cubits from above” in Gen 7:20 mean?
-1: The original Hebrew had no dots at all, these were added in the Middle ages. The word "Milema'la" is not obscure, and no other construction of this form has any special thing associated with it. The construction is straightforward, and it doesn't seem like a contraction of "min lema'la" which is what is implied by this answer, which doesn't even sound grammatical and certainly doesn't appear anywhere.
Mar
12
accepted Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
Mar
11
revised Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
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Mar
11
suggested rejected edit on What does it mean to be a Nazirite?
Mar
11
awarded  Cleanup
Mar
11
revised Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
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Mar
1
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
27
comment Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
@warren: it wasn't a misnote--- I meant Reuben. I was thinking of the story of Reuben sleeping with Jacob's concubine, the thing that makes him "unstable as water" and unsuitable for an inheritance. This is over-masculinity. The Judah was a brain-glitch, I know the stories.
Feb
19
awarded  Yearling
Nov
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awarded  Popular Question
Nov
12
awarded  Revival
Nov
10
comment Who was Moses supposed to say sent him, “Ehieh” or “Yahweh”
Oh, I see! You think the "post-hoc" etymological justification for the name is being done here by the same author! It's the redactor, the person who put the J/E together this way, who is making the post-hoc justification by the juxtaposition, neither J nor E gives an etymology for Yahweh, and the etymology is implicit, not parallel to neither J nor E stuff (although it's in a similar spirit). This answer is incorrect--- the "J part" and the "E part" are in different voices, the seam is obvious and clunky, and this is the first place where they start to agree on the name of God.
Nov
9
comment Who was Moses supposed to say sent him, “Ehieh” or “Yahweh”
I agree, it's like the other stretchy folk-etymologies, but this one is not so ridiculous (neither is noach), because "Yahweh" sort of sounds like a nonexistent conjugation of to be, which mangles the future and past tense. But they don't sound very much alike, you are right. I have already explained the main point, that it is one more place that you can clearly see the JE authorial division in Genesis/Exodus.
Nov
4
answered Did Moses have an Egyptian name?
Nov
4
comment Did Moses have an Egyptian name?
The active is "Moshet", not "Moshe". The etymology is totally wrong.
Nov
4
answered Why did Abel keep flocks if man wasn't supposed to eat flesh til after the Flood?