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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.


Sep
9
accepted Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
Sep
5
comment Doesn't Titus 1:12 show that apostle Paul promotes racism?
The notion of "racism" in the modern sense is completely anachronistic here, modern racism dates to the colonial days, past 1492. Roman hierarchies were based on class, and did not have a racial component, the empire included plenty of diversity: Semitic, Southern European, and North African folks, all equal. The barbarians were the Northern Europeans, who resisted occupation, and perhaps some Asians, but I don't see any ancient racism (I might be wrong). This stuff should be called cultural ethnic stereotyping within the accepted races. Not justifying the sentiment, but the title is wrong.
Sep
5
comment What does Jesus mean in Matthew 26:64 with “You have said so”?
One should also point out that this is something funny, it's a humorous reply, as "Hey, dude, you said it, not me." It's a way of showing how Jesus rises above the serious occasion to make a joke, even though he is to be put to death.
Sep
5
comment Should קהלת actually translate to “Preacher”
This interpretation is not tenable, as the "preacher" in question is unquestionably female (the t ending would not be their, it would be "kohel" if it were masculine), and the first person voice in the work is unquestionably male.
Sep
5
answered Silence of the idols and silence of the people before Yahweh in Habakkuk 2:18-20
Sep
5
answered Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 Puzzlement
Sep
1
comment What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
@BobJones: The word say is in no way related to the word "lamb", lamb is "seh" and say is "amar".
Jul
15
comment The Eye of the Needle
@Jas3.1: The disagreement is only apparent--- the Babylonian Talmud (where the quote is from) post-dates the new testament by a century, and the authors would have been familiar with this saying of Jesus about camels and needles. The mangling of the Aramaic in Greek would give a plausible etymology for all these sayings.
Jul
10
comment The Eye of the Needle
@Jas3.1: But the rope interpretation is just a better metaphor--- the things being compared are of a similar nature. "Camel" and "thread" aren't similar enough to make a parallel construction naturally, which is why this verse is considered jarring, while "Camel-hair rope" and "thread" are naturally parallel. I think it reads better as "camel hair rope", and I think this is reasonable evidence to give for an Aramaic original for Jesus's sayings--- something I didn't believe existed until I found this quote and the explanation. I thought it was all composed in Greek.
Jul
10
comment Is El-Shaddai “Sky God” where Sky==Breasts?
@itpastorn: I prefer "my breast", because that's what "shaddai" means in Hebrew obviously, without any interpretation or qualification. The rest are stretchy searches for alternative meaning.
Jun
5
comment Is there a modern English translation of the Bible that uses the second-person plural pronoun?
@BobJones: That's ridiculous. The text was in continuous reading use, and people knew the pronounciation of everything. They just wrote it down. There is not a huge amount of vowel ambiguity anyway, a dozen words per book at most.
May
27
accepted Is the author of Ecclesiastes referring to Archimedes?
May
27
comment Is the author of Ecclesiastes referring to Archimedes?
I agree it's mangled, but this is the type of thing one would expect from hearsay. It is not clear that Archimedes was famous in the Aramaic world, his great fame was only in the Greek world, and then only among the literati. I will accept this answer, regardless, since I can't imagine a better one.
May
27
comment What is Shesh Mashzar?
Fantastic, +1 and accepted, and I am impressed at the persuasive research. I knew the accepted translations, but I couldn't find the roots corresponding, and this does it.
May
27
accepted What is Shesh Mashzar?
May
11
comment Was Abimelech a granny chaser?
That would make sense if she were 50, not 90! The issue is that the story is obviously misplaced in time, and it can't be fixed, because of the name change occuring in their 90s in the J narrative.
May
3
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
18
comment Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?
@JonEricson: The 1st century is impossible, as it appears in LXX, that's me making stuff up. Sorry. I am sure there is a Solomonic idea, but I am not sure that it is Solomon himself that is being brought up. I didn't read any Bible parts involving Solomon, except for Song of Songs, so I can't comment.
Apr
17
revised Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?
clarify time bounds
Apr
17
answered Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?