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comment What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?
Thanks! You're right, I miscopied from consecutive sentences.
Aug
15
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
You may want to clarify what you mean by "earliest available text." Do you mean the oldest existing manuscript? Or our best reconstruction of the oldest text?
Aug
15
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
@fdb: Perhaps the question should be clarified to make that point clearer? At any rate the Qumran manuscripts don't have this particular verse.
Aug
15
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
It might be a little while before I get to put up an answer, but I'm pretty sure the answer given here to Question one is wrong. The oldest extant Greek text of Gen 1:26-27 is much older (500+ years) than the oldest extant Hebrew text. (Of course, the Greek is translated from even earlier Hebrew texts, but none of those are extant.)
Aug
13
comment What biblical figure was present during the dinosaurs?
Crocodiles are not technically dinosaurs (like dinosaurs they're archosaurs, but they're a sister group to dinosaurs), on the other hand birds are technically dinosaurs. The thing the Japanese fishing trawler pulled up was definitely a basking shark, and no one credible believes in the Loch Ness Monster. It's embarrassing to the site that this answer is so highly upvoted.
Jul
25
comment Inconsistent translations of Revelation 13:10?
Yeah, it's a textual variant: web.ovc.edu/terry/tc/lay30rev.htm
Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
@ScottS: Assuming it was written to Ephasus and that Acts is historically accurate about Paul's visit there, yes you're right. I tried to stay on the much safer historical grounds of what Paul wrote about the churches.
Jul
21
comment What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?
There's a good summary at Early Christian Writings. I'll try to write an answer tomorrow.
Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
@Jas3.1: I've added a paragraph on the 4 personal letters.
Jul
2
comment Matthew originally written in Hebrew?
That quote is originally from Papias.
Jul
2
comment Matthew originally written in Hebrew?
Note that when Papias says "Hebrew language" he may have meant Aramaic.
Jun
8
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
Typically scholars consider the earliest sources (Paul, Q, Mark) to be more reliable than later sources. But rather than preferring one of them as the most reliable, scholars often emphasize that what's most reliable are the things attested in more than one of those early sources.
Apr
17
comment Does Paul of Tarsus quote Talmud?
Seems unlikely since the Talmud wasn't written down until several centuries later.
Apr
3
comment “ἐν Ἐφέσῳ” in Ephesians 1:1
This answer does an excellent job of laying out the evidence for the two points of view, but I can't upvote because too much of it is spent on arguing that there's no way to evaluate evidence other than by relying entirely on presuppositions. This is somewhat polemical and not related to the specific question asked.
Jan
10
comment What does “Scripture” in the NT refer to?
I missed when I was going through this before that 1 Timothy 5:18 might be an exception. There the immediate quote is from the Torah, but it's followed by a quote taken from Luke/Matthew/Q.
Dec
17
comment Does Nazarene Sect mean Nazarene Cult?
I don't think the modern concept of "cult" was a concept they had in the 1st century.
Dec
17
comment Why is part of Luke 9:55-56 omitted in some Bible translations?
Edited, had the wrong centuries for the Great Uncials (the usual 300s to 3rd instead of 4th century copying error).
Dec
14
comment How can we understand differences between NWT and Latin/Greek on Acts 20:28?
It may also be worth noting that Hort conjectured that the word Son was in the original, but that it was lost very early and no longer appears in the manuscript record. This is a conjecture, and is not backed up by any manuscript evidence.
Dec
13
comment What are the major variations of the “double-fulfillment” hermeneutic?
At the very least include a footnote, as the NASB does. Also, this is not a simple Jewish/Christian split, for example the NRSV uses "young woman."
Dec
13
comment What are the major variations of the “double-fulfillment” hermeneutic?
Even if you want to use this as your example, you should still use an accurate translation.