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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
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).
Apr
10
comment What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
I would say it could be, that's what people who translate from the Masoretic text usually assume, they interpret "it is a pchetheth in his bald spot or receding forehead" as an idiomatic construction regarding the cloth or leather. I find this unlikely because it is exactly the same wording as three or four paragraphs earlier, where the text is actually talking about bald spots and receding foreheads. I think it is most likely just a scribe who was copying without understanding and lost his spot for one sentence, and found the right spot in the next sentence. This is also what LXX suggests.
Apr
10
comment Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
I gave you a +1, but I am surprised that "caret" did not have a meaning in the context of the first temple. It must have meant something like shunning.
Apr
10
comment Is tola'at sheni a knit?
Ok, I gave you +1, I watched the video, and I accept that I misread it (it should be shani, not sheni) but I can't believe it for the life of me that it is a literal worm, and not a figurative expression for a cloth. It occurs paired with "shesh mashzar" (which is also a cloth), and it is used whenever a cloth is to be weaved (tola'at shani and shesh mashzar and work of a rokem). The 1917 translation gives it as "fine linen cloth" or something along these lines.
Apr
10
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
-1: Sorry, this is a sincere and informative answer, but it is all wrong, and one must not reward intellectual dishonesty. I accepted my own answer, as it is the correct one.
Apr
10
comment What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
I added the LXX stuff I found in English translation. Presumably the translation issues are nonexistent here. Leviticus is so repetitive and predictable, I'd bet I could reverse engineer the Hebrew phrase from the LXX.
Apr
10
comment Is tola'at sheni a knit?
Oh wait, if this is "shani", and "tola'at" means worm even in that context (I didn't think so, but perhaps), this could be silk (worm product). I don't know if silk was around back then in the region. I thought shesh mashzar was the silk, but it looks much sturdier, maybe it could be satin or something else fancy.
Apr
9
comment Does a leper have yellow hair or black hair?
Did you read the context of the black hair? There is no explanation for saying "black hair"--- presumably all but a tiny fraction of red-headed Jews had black hair everywhere. The Priest is looking for yellow hair as a sign of sickness. The black hair is clearly a blooper for yellow hair, as is clarified by the extremely repetitive context.
Apr
9
comment Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
Real question. I have no idea why.
Apr
9
comment What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
@itpastom: Good question. I was using Masoretic, and all masoretics are the same. You can compare Samaritan and Septuagint (I don't read Greek or Aramaic)
Apr
9
comment Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
So it's defilement for 1 week? That's the punishment? How about other ch 18 sex things? These are also "caret"? Same thing? No punishment from the community?
Apr
9
comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
@FrankLuke: I can assert with 100% confidence that P has no contribution to Genesis, beyond maybe adding Gen 18:18-19, and maybe subtractions. P starts the end of Exodus, and some redactions inside. Re the paper, I was kind to stop on p. 2. The remainder is a made-up false parallel structure between the end and the beginning, a parallel which is just not there. The E/J division is perfectly obvious, it does not require any expertise to see (although a good translation helps), and if he doesn't acknowledge it or use it, he is incompetent, and not worth reading. Just read for yourself and see.
Apr
9
comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
@FrankLuke: I don't know how anyone could possibly think that P, the author of Leviticus, could have written something so beautiful and well paced. P can't write to save his life, this is how you know when he is writing. It is completely incorrect that P is involved, and if academics say this, they are as fraudulent as the religious commentators. The identification of "E" as the other author, and by "E" I mean the other Elohim and El-Shaddai person in Gensis and first-5-chapters Exodus, is beyond any doubt. The phrases are the same, the pacing is the same, the vision of God is the same.
Apr
9
comment Is tola'at sheni a knit?
Huh? How can this be relevant in context? It is obviously a fabric of some kind--- for the tent sides and the clothes. I know the conotation of "worm" for "tola'at", but I assumed it is just a connotation from the wormy shape of the twine you knit.
Apr
9
comment Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
yes, I know it is forbidden, but I am wondering if this is true before 7-8 th century BC. Perhaps the earlier J narrative required it. The banning of child sacrifice is in the strange E narrative of Isaac's attempted sacrifice, which seems to be so strange, with God calling for a sacrifice, and later saying no, that it might have been explicitly written to end the practice.
Apr
9
comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
@FrankLuke: The source you give is blind. There is no argument with the E/J division--- it is glaringly obvious, it does not split any verses, and the passages assigned to E and J are divided by clear transition verses that mark beginning/end of narrative subsection. The pattern is E/J/E/J, with several verses apeice and only 4 narrative sections, each comprised of several verses and delineated by clear boundaries. There is no cut/paste with scissors--- I gave the division correctly and there is no doubt, except for the two verses near the paragraph that describes the animal sacrifice.
Apr
9
comment Did Noah take two doves, or fourteen?
@warren: Whether they did or didn't, the commanded number is 7/7 in J, and 1/1 in E, and this is consistent in the two narratives within themselves. The textual differences in the J and E accounts are glaringly obvious. I didn't get this from anyone else, I translated the passage and the textual boundaries jumped out at me without any prompting or previous exposure to documentary hypothesis.
Apr
9
comment Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
This is a reasonable explanation +1 and I might accept--- but I am confused about the parallel with animal sacrifice in the two quoted verses. I am hoping there might be some other evidence relating to a previous child-sacrifice practice among the Hebrews.