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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 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
comment Which are the Ten Commandments?
Ok, you persuaded me, accept. But the documentary hypothesis evidence still holds.
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
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 Which are the Ten Commandments?
Callio: Good point. I didn't get to Deuteronomy (never read it, I'll read it when I translate it).
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 Which are the Ten Commandments?
Yes, of course you are right, but the strange near-parallel of text contains three duplicated commandments, altogether making a roughly parallel construction twice. The question is which text is the law commandment Moses reveals.
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?