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Nov
23
accepted Is Psalm 19 an example of the Teleological Argument?
Nov
23
comment How can I identify puns in the Hebrew Bible?
@Bob: Interesting. I hadn't thought of that connection before.
Nov
23
comment What sort of disaster is Joel addressing?
Note: Joel has only 3 chapters in most English translations as the short, 5-verse chapter 3 in the NJPS is appended to chapter 2. (I just so happened to be listening to Joel today or I would not have noticed.)
Nov
23
comment Is the Hymn To Wisdom in Job 28 a part of Job's speech?
Good point about the chapter divisions. Another way to look at the start of 29 is that it's a really long speech. After a while, the reader (and any listeners) would start to lose track of who is speaking and so a reminder could be in order when the topic changes.
Nov
22
comment When did Jonah compose his prayer in chapter 2?
@Monica: Good point. Here's how it would go if I had been in Jonah's sandals: Day 1: What the...? Day 2: It's really disgusting in here! Day 3: HELP! (There are textual reasons to suppose it was composed sometime later, but that will have to wait for my formal answer when I have time. ;-)
Nov
22
asked What happened to the 500 witnesses in 1 Corinthians 15?
Nov
22
comment Is the Hymn To Wisdom in Job 28 a part of Job's speech?
I know you know this, but for the sake of people reading this later: quotation marks represent an interpretation on the part of the translator. Neither ancient Hebrew nor Greek had symbols for demarking a passage as a quotation. So the question is about how the passage in question ought to be rendered using modern punctuation. (It's a great question that I don't know how to answer myself. +1)
Nov
22
comment When did Jonah compose his prayer in chapter 2?
Inspired by another question and conforming to the current challenge.
Nov
22
asked When did Jonah compose his prayer in chapter 2?
Nov
22
comment Did Jonah expect to die when he was thrown overboard?
Ah. I wonder when he wrote the prayer... (My theory is that the prayer was composed later based on his own thoughts in the belly, but informed by his eventual rescue. The "my prayer" in verse 7 would then be self-referential in a sense.)
Nov
22
comment Did Jonah expect to die when he was thrown overboard?
I liked your deleted answer too. ;-) At the point of volunteering to become a sacrifice, it's possible Jonah thought he might be rescued; in the belly of the leviathan, it's certain he considered himself dead.
Nov
22
asked Is Psalm 19 an example of the Teleological Argument?
Nov
21
asked What sort of disaster is Joel addressing?
Nov
21
comment Did Job believe in an afterlife where wrongs could be righted?
@Caleb: Does this edit help? No doubt there's more to be said, but I think this answer is starting to be too bulky.
Nov
21
revised Did Job believe in an afterlife where wrongs could be righted?
Providing more background.
Nov
21
accepted Does base-10 numbering in Genesis 4:24 argue against the Wiseman hypothesis?
Nov
21
comment Does base-10 numbering in Genesis 4:24 argue against the Wiseman hypothesis?
@UncleBens: I believe you are correct when it comes to Hebrew, but not cuneiform. So that's exactly the crux of the question. (And you also hint at Soldarnal's answer: whoever recorded it in Hebrew might have retained the rhetorical meaning at the expense of the mathematical meaning.)
Nov
21
awarded  Tumbleweed
Nov
21
answered Did Job believe in an afterlife where wrongs could be righted?
Nov
21
comment Did Job believe in an afterlife where wrongs could be righted?
For the next two weeks, we're thinking about how we can be in thanksgiving. The thrust of this question is, can we take hope from this passage?