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revised How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Fiddling with the tagging a bit. This is a translation question.
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Excellent analysis! It's fascinating to me that the word for pitch in Hebrew also means a bribe. I wonder what the etymology of that could be?
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answered Did Jephthah have pets?
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answered What is meant in the NT by the “laying on of hands”?
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
See also: Translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?.
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
Let's see: Samuel's father and the variety of legal decisions about multiple wives. It's also interesting that the ban on polygamy is so recent (1000 C.E.). But avi's comment on the second helps even more! If we could hunt down his source, I think it would be very strong evidence here.
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I asked the next step of the question about the Adversary in Job.
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asked What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
@GalacticCowboy: Do you have references in the work itself? It sounds like referencing Strong's and a Hebrew copy of the text would be a good start toward backing up the argument you sketched out here.
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answered What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The first has a really helpful answer that threatens to change my understanding of polygamy, if not the parable. The second is too young yet to know.
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The biggest problem I have with the multiple bride theory is that I can't imagine a wedding with 10 brides in any culture. (I'm sure someone will suggest a culture, but that won't change my ability to imagine it. ;-) I see now that your suggestion is that the man might pick just one of the virgins at the last minute. So my comment missed the mark there. (By the way, it might be good to link to the other questions assuming they are getting answers.)
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Amichai: Done. I wonder if it still will require a book to answer, however. ;-)
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revised Does Genesis say where evil came from?
Narrow the focus based on comments.
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Monica: I don't think so. Perhaps that's part of the question: what started humanity on a downward spiral from the "very good" of Genesis 1 to the "great wickedness" of Genesis 6? Was it questioning God's goodness? But that would make the question even bigger. Do you have a suggestion of how to narrow it down or break it up? Should I remove the question from Job?