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Jun
14
comment What were the “tokens of virginity”?
Perhaps, to uphold doctrinal integrity needed elsewhere, the translation uses the term "maid" rather than "virgin".
Jun
11
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
"I asked about evidence of authorial intent." - NO, no, no, you didn't. I can't read your mind unless you put it in words.
Jun
11
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
"I didn't ask if the account is literally the truth or not" - Yes, you did.
Jun
8
comment Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jun
7
comment Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?
Jews don't need Jesus to traverse the torah, because we understand the journey in the torah.
Jun
7
comment Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?
"When it comes to the law, was any man able to fulfill the law before Christ Jesus?" Yes, according to the Bible I read in Hebrew. Let me break the news to you, that the word [תורה] means "way" or in proper English "the way", the cause-effect. Or in sanskrit "karma". Your prophet is written to have said "I am karma, satya and jiwa", if translated to sanskrit. The words "torah" and "karma" is hugely misunderstood. There is nothing to fulfill - the torah is a path to reach a destination. The complete torah is the continuum intrapolated by the written torah.
Jun
7
comment Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?
A door is a door. But when you weld it shut or plaster over it, it ceases to be a door. It may look like a door, but it is as effective as painting a door on the wall. Scientific Education is a door to future prosperity. Even if you forced a context to banish scientific education, you can never use the hypothesis of context to say the phrase "Scientific Education is a door to future prosperity" as untrue.
Jun
4
comment Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?
"out of context" is a stale and overused phrase. This phrase is used too many times to escape facing a question at its value. Sometimes, people use a verse and apply it as universal maxim. And then when a conflict is encountered, the phrase "out of context" is often deployed. But then, a verse that is usable as a universal maxim, can never be "out of context". Once you apply the phrase "out of context", you should never use that verse as universal maxim.
May
10
comment Psalm 19:3: whose voice?
If a tree falls in a forest, and no one hears it ...
May
10
comment Is Salem in Genesis 14 a shortened form of Jerusalem?
You are presuming hyperbolic-monotheism did not exist 5000 years ago. You are presuming those who received Tzedek and Shalem, were not hyperbolic-monotheists. We do read, and many Chinese Christians' linguistic paleontology and cultural history points to their having a history of hyperbolic-monotheism. To allow the idea that Chinese had monotheistic urges, but not the ancestors of Jews, is quite ... unnerving.
May
10
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
Mistranslations of the Hebrew is so rampant, that I had to mention it, to show that this is yet another mistranslated passage. Bible translators should simply translate as-is, rather than worry about doctrinal inconsistencies. The passage clearly says in Hebrew "These six ... and then there are seven". You need to understand the various meanings of the word [שבא], which is (but not necessarily) translated as seven.
May
10
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
Six signifies the (heretofore limited) ability of humans to discretize/quantize that continuum.
May
10
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
You don't get it. I had to do the translation to push the point. The translation indicates that there are actually no 6 or 7 items. The passage does not even bother to provide exactly 6 or 7 items. The point is, seven signifies the continuum. If I had not translated, would you have seen the fact?
May
8
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
To say that the Hebrew of the books between Genesis and Malakhi are indefinite compared to the books after Malakhi is a rather offensive opinion. And illogical. You are saying that one could invent a religion (say, voodism), and write a "new testament", and say that the Hebrew of Jer 31:31 is indefinite. If that is the case, why even claim the heritage of Genesis-Malakhi? Might as well, claim the heritage of Dostoevsky's Karamazov as your "old testament", and massage the Russian language to ensure Karamazov is in alignment to your "new testament".
May
8
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
I don't care about the JPS. What you are implying is, the books after Malakhi are the solid foundation. The Hebrew of the books between Genesis and Malakhi are indefinite language, and therefore must be interpreted/modified according to the books located after Malakhi. Whereas, my position is, the language of the books between Genesis to Malakhi are definite, and the veracity of the books after Malakhi must be judged from the foundation of the books between Genesis and Malakhi.
May
7
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
Who makes the call that "the Hebrew usage is broader than the English usage"? Still, the "soul of the LORD".
May
7
comment How to interpret Proverbs 6:16-19, in view of “Numbered Parallelism”
Why can't your English translations translate as "soul of the LORD"? Is it because your religion says the LORD has no soul since He should have a spirit. The LORD having a soul and a spirit would break the trinity, and so your Bibles have to mistranslate to ensure the trinity is reflected "accurately"?
Apr
24
comment What is the meaning of mešeq in Genesis 15:2?
Is no less valid than other opinions which likewise depend on conjectures. At least my conjecture is based on the usual common Hebrew grammatical patterns and inflections.
Apr
23
comment What is the meaning of mešeq in Genesis 15:2?
"folk etymology"? Using the word "folk" is a cunning way to sweep aside a theological argument based on Hebrew word analysis. Certainly, some of the opinions you read and accept, too are "folk" analogy that got accepted, which you never bothered to question.
Apr
23
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
It's too bad you don't read Hebrew, and you can only say "well that was how the translators translated it". Your KJV, RSV, NIV depend heavily on the septuagint. The American Standard version does try to be close to the masoret, but when it comes to avoiding contradiction with christian doctrine, it too continues to depend on the septuagint. All of Christian doctrines are based on the septuagint, not the masoret, in conjunction with the newer greek christian documents/epistles.