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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
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
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
11
comment What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?
It's ungrammatical, not dramatic. MT has it right (this was also my first choice, preserve the grammar error in English, before seeing LXX and then Samaritan). This is J writing, J doesn't make grammar errors. There is 0% chance that Masoretic is right here.
Apr
11
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BruceAlderman: I agree you need someone to tell you, and then you notice, but once you notice, if you reject it, this is is a lie to yourself and to others. I read Gen/Exo, and the E,J doublets, along with the textual divisions, are absolutely manifest to the eyes. I can't condone people who read this text and don't say so. It's like half is in caps and the other half small.
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
comment Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
+1: Thanks much! This completely answers the question.
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
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 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.