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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
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@J.C.Salomon: Whether it's "with" or "in" (I used "by"), the best reading by far is that the Patriarchs were not given the name. This is E narrative, it is consistent with E narrative in other ways. It is a little more plausible using "with my YHVH-ness", but the word used is "with my YHWH name" (I would use "in my guise of YHWH" as the closest corresponding ambiguous English construction to your intended interpretation). Even this way, it sounds most naturally like "I did not reveal my name". Your interpretation is the same as the upvoted answer--- I don't think it is supported by the text.
Apr
11
accepted Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
Apr
11
comment Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
+1: Thanks much! This completely answers the question.
Apr
11
accepted Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
Apr
11
accepted Was Abimelech a granny chaser?
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@J.C.Salomon: You are right. I chose a new wording. Sorry. I make mistakes like that every once in a while. Thanks for catching it.
Apr
11
revised Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
fix
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@J.C.Salomon: I see now--- because the Hebrew is "in my name Yahweh, I did not make myself known", I translated equivalently to "my name Yahweh, I did not make known", because I thought the "in" business was too idiomatic Hebrew. I changed the phrasing to the easier English--- because the "in my guise of Yahweh, I did not make myself known" is much too cumbersome in my opinion for the simple Hebrew sentiment. I am asking about the Hebrew, not the English, which is just a gloss. If you think it's really wrong, I can fix it, but I think it's ok, in terms of matching with equal formality.
Apr
11
comment What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
Please put the full verse, so one can see exactly what is being translated--- they might skip this part.
Apr
11
comment Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
Come on--- they explicitly describe the unleavened stuff as "matza", and this is a "loaf of bread". Is a "loaf of bread" somehow understood as an uncooked mixture of flour and oil? That would answer the question, but it's impossible. Do you have more textual evidence that this is the correct interpretation? The mincha offering describes cooking flour and oil, and this mixture is not described anywhere as a "loaf", and it is certainly not "bread". The "loafs" in the showbread basket are leavened bread. "lechem" means leavened bread. It doesn't mean flour. I can't believe this. No way.
Apr
11
comment What does it mean for someone to be another person's “portion”?
@AffableGeek: I see, you are right, I didn't see it was migrated. But this answer is wrong in Hebrew, although it might be correct in Christian doctrine.
Apr
11
accepted Why is Beer-Sheva' called Beer-Sheva'?
Apr
11
accepted What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
Apr
11
comment Which are the Ten Commandments?
Ok, you persuaded me, accept. But the documentary hypothesis evidence still holds.
Apr
11
accepted Which are the Ten Commandments?
Apr
11
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@JonEricson: The "concept of doublets" is so obvious in the text, it requires willful blindness to ignore. The "documentary hypothesis" is a certain fact, and it must be the starting point of reasoned conversation.
Apr
10
comment Is tola'at sheni a knit?
I see... so this is a scarlet dyed cloth. Got it. How certain is this identification? Has anyone made such worm-dyed cloth? how many worms per square meter? I'll accept the answer if it gives a confidence interval--- should I be 50%, 20%, 90%, or 99.99% certain of this identification?
Apr
10
awarded  Talkative
Apr
10
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: I have seen this happen far too often with rabbinical commentary. So far, Maimonides is ok (I may be biased for obvious reasons), but Rashi always makes stuff up (like the abominable "Bro"), and he makes stuff up to support reasonable theology, but it is a disservice to the text. I get annoyed that people who know Hebrew, and know it well enough to know better, don't just read the plain text that they see, instead of embellishing it to push anachronistic theological positions that do not belong in the ancient text.
Apr
10
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@FrankLuke: You aren't the one who is dishonest--- I know you are sincere, but you follow Hebrew experts. I believe the people you quote who interpret this as Beth-essentia (except for the one who changed his mind) are insincere obscurantists, because I can't imagine any but a theological reader could do that. It is wrong Hebrew reading, and there is no doubt at all, and I can't support Hebrew readers going around obfuscating that which is clear. This happens with Biblical texts and only with Biblical texts, because people have so much riding on it. I'll take down the downvote (need an edit).