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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
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comment Did women contribute to the temple in exodus 35:22?
@MonicaCellio: But in "Anashim 'al ha-nashim", it can't mean both, since there is a specific nashim in there.
Apr
12
comment What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
@MonicaCellio: That's a Hebrew style phrase--- "hineh to'eh ba'sadeh"(here is a lost fellow in the field"), "im tizaher ba'cvish"(If you are careful on the road), "nagi'a ba-zman" (we will arive in (the)time). It sometimes works in English too, like the first two examples, although a little more in Hebrew. If you choose to interpret "ve-cshehayu ba-sadeh" in this way, it does become grammatical, although unnatural (I wouldn't have read it this way except for your prompting--- it's like a computer parsing--- surprising--- but ok). I agree that this does render the second half grammatical.
Apr
12
comment Did women contribute to the temple in exodus 35:22?
chech(clasp) I am not sure of gender, while taba'at (ring) appears with a male owner in Genesis (in the prostitution chapter where somebody's wife conceives. But in context, it seems like a female donation is assigned unnaturally to male donors.
Apr
12
comment Did women contribute to the temple in exodus 35:22?
Oh--- yes you are right--- the matching is mixed gender, but the binding is to "anashim". But the "anashim" are specifically "'al hanashim", they are the ones doing the giving, and the matching of adjective is to the masculine subject, not to the ostensibly feminine donors. Some interpret "'al hanashim" to mean that the women wear actually wearing these items (this is a possible reading), but I tend to see it as a control issue--- the men decided to do the donation, not the women. Either reading leaves the same question. The nezem and cumaz are always female associated--- no males wear them.
Apr
12
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@JonEricson: Please exercize your own judgement as well--- if you post the Hebrew, I can give a word-for-word gloss, and there are other experts here who can do the same. It is important to check what people say, to keep them honest.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: This is not true--- they make up grammar exceptions to fit the theological readings, mostly because they aren't even aware, from long familiarity with the text, that they are reading it unnaturally. I never read the Bible as a young person, and I only read it now to translate it, without any previous exposure, and without looking at other sources (except for other translations after I'm done to fix things)--- so I don't have these biases. I see errors where they appear. The answers I am getting and the comments are appaling, this is a level of scholarship that cannot be abided.
Apr
11
comment Did women contribute to the temple in exodus 35:22?
No kidding. What's the relevance? The vulva covers and nose-rings do not belong to a mixed gender collection. I feel only 90% confident in saying this is interpolation, so I would appreciate honest reading.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: No he doesn't! He says "I am that I am", then he says "My name is Yahweh". There is no familiarity.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
This begins with the most ridiculous of all possible answers. The words "lo noda'ti la-hem" cannot be a question, and this text is obviously all (high quality) prose.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: The "obviously wrong" is not for Jews, Christians, Muslims, but for people who know how to read Hebrew and to think for themselves. I would trust a Buddhists or Hindu fluent in Hebrew reading this over a religious Jew (or Christian). The religious folks misread this stuff all the time.
Apr
11
revised What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
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Apr
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Apr
11
comment What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
If anything, I am way underestimating the precision of textual analysis. You don't have an appreciation for the exponential explosion of language--- the sheer number of possible texts--- any text at all is an insane amount of information, and there is much more information in the word-choice and grammar than in the meaning as extracted in the highest level. This allows author identification, and redaction identification, which is all I am doing.
Apr
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Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@JackDouglas: Sorry, you're right--- I don't have complete academic consensus--- I didn't poll people. I assumed that there is, because the evidence is so overwhelmingly certain--- there is more evidence for DH than for the top-quark. But I forget the power of the ignorant superstitions to blot out the light of truth.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@JackDouglas: It can't. This is how you do science, you make an assumption, and if 10 independent things with 10% chance each fit, then you've acquired 99.9999% certainty. You need to make sure they are truly independent, and that you aren't fooling yourself regarding the agreement, and you have to make the assumption ahead of time, and include your tolerance of error. But in this way, you can acquire certainty very quickly in science, so long as you understand certainty in the statistical sense. This is statistically certain, this is why you have complete academic consensus on DH.
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: No--- on El-Shaddai--- but even if it is there it doesn't change the interpretation. But it does change the translation, you are right. I should change the translation again. I don't know why you bring this up so much--- the reading you give is still obviously wrong.
Apr
11
comment What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
@JonEricson: I'm rounding down to four significant figures, and to this accuracy, this value is correct. It is for all intents and purposes certain.
Apr
11
comment Is the author of Ecclesiastes referring to Archimedes?
I thought the latest dates are the only plausible ones, and then Archimedes refers to current events. Funny enough, everybody remembers the poor man today, nobody remembers the king.
Apr
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