Fraser Orr

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Mar
2
comment Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
More importantly, a secular researcher applied the same techniques to the novel "Moby Dick" and got the same results. Which is to say when it comes to these things the old aphorism of science applies: "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess."
Feb
6
comment How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?
@NoahSnyder yes you are right, I forgot the details of the Q hypothesis, it is a Matthew-Luke thing, but I think most Bible fundamentalist scholars believe in the theory of theopneustos, God-breathed 2Tim 3:16, which seems to be rather challenged by your idea of Matthew being an enhancement of Mark. But I'll grant you that opinions on what exactly the pneustos referred to means, and to where it falls in the spectrum of "robotic transcription" to "guided by divine principles." I wouldn't mention it, but I think it only fair to Mawia to say that many serious scholars disagree with your view.
Feb
6
comment How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?
FWIW, I don't agree with your assessment of the ubiquity of this opinion @NoahSnyder. Definitely there is a whole movement called "Higher Criticism" that advocates for something like this view (more specifically that Mark and Matthew have a common source document called "Q") nonetheless there are many academics that do not hold that view, and most evangelical, Bible believing pastors do not either. In my opinion the idea is pretty much eviscerated in Josh McDowell's "More Evidence that Demands are verdict" that addresses this subject, along with the similar JEDP hypothesis. But YMMV.
Jan
29
comment Does Theophilus of Antioch's statement have any bearing on interpreting Mathew 5:28?
Thanks for the compliment @swasheck. And I also appreciate your opinion that you aren't a fan of this answer. However, you don't state any specific concerns with it so I don't really understand your concern. I have spent a considerable amount of time understanding what the Bible says about sexuality, and I think that the answer above is an important one, because there are a lot of very wrong attitudes to sexuality that come from cultural biases and not from the Bible. Nonetheless, you'll have to be more specific in your criticism for me to understand your concerns.
Jan
25
comment Based on recent manuscript discoveries, is the LXX more reliable than the MT?
At your request Monica, I have added a link in the body of the text above to more information.
Jan
24
comment Is the ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) original?
BTW, as a general comment, the "Textual Commentary" by Metzger et al. really is the go to source for this kind of question. It is a detailed analysis of the choices made in Nestle And Aland, the Greek text which is used in the standard UBS text, and also is the basis for pretty much all modern translations. Every serious scholar of the Greek New Testament should have a copy of this book to accompany N&A. It is cheap and easy to use. It is available on Amazon for $25. (I'd recommend an edit to the above to include a link to the book on Amazon.)
Jan
23
comment Is Jesus called God in 2 Thessalonians 1:12?
FWIW, Granville Sharp's rule (though I'd rather call it his observation) is an extremely subtle thing with a lot of associated caveats. Even the original caveats are not, in my opinion, sufficient as they stand. The best known example being LXX Pro 24:21, but there are also other more violent exceptions in the profane Greek corpus. Readers should remember that no such rule existed in any Greek grammar before the 18th century, and the "rule" was certainly unknown to early Koine speaking grammarians. Which isn't to dismiss some of the great insights Sharp had of course.
Jan
23
comment Is Jesus called God in 2 Thessalonians 1:12?
@Luke thanks for you comment, however, I think the interpretation of Titus 2:13 is rather different than you suggest. However, this comment section is not the place to put such an answer. If you post it as a question, I'd be happy to give my input on the matter. FWIW, hemon in Greek applies to that which precedes not to that which follows as "our" does in English, so hemon in Titus refers to "our savior" not, grammatically speaking anyway, to "Jesus Christ."
Jan
8
comment Are kruvim also angels?
Something that always amused me about the KJV is that it translates this as "cherubims" using both the Hebrew and English plurals in the same word. Other versions use just "cherubim", though it seems to me that "cherubs" would be a better choice -- though it seems to convey a different meaning somehow.
Jan
3
comment How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?
FWIW, there are probably many simpler ways to make the shadow go back than causing the earth to spin in the other direction (something that would probably have brought the building down and most likely end all life on earth.) A shadow is simply a light phenomenon. Block out the sun with a dark cloud and provide another light source in a different position, for example, or some sort of rain cloud causing a localized refraction effect, bending the shadow.
Dec
21
comment To whom does El-Gibbor refer in Isaiah 9?
Asked and answered? But your answer doesn't make sense to me. It plainly says "his name shall be called". Called what? Option one doesn't make sense in that context. It isn't some doxology on the attributes of God, it is given as the name. You could arguably split it as "His name shall be called Wonderful counselor. God is mighty, the everlasting father, the prince of peace." But something is the name, either the whole or the part. I suppose that you could make the argument that his name shall be called." using the intransitive form of qara, but that seems dubious to me too.
Dec
6
comment Is “breath of life” in Genesis 2:7 is the same as spirit?
Question for you: were nishmat ruach chayyim actually appositive, wouldn't you expect it to be ruach nishmat chayyim or nishmat chayyim ruach? I don't have tools here but I don't think ruach chayyim is a common expression.
Nov
12
comment What does “pantokrator” mean?
Interesting note on this: there was a sport in the ancient Greek Olympics called pankration, which is basically the same word. This sport was a no-holds-barred fight often resulting in the death of one of the participants. Kind of like Mixed Martial Arts, only much more brutal. Nice to have that guy on your side, don't you think?
Nov
11
comment Jesus and the adulterous woman: was stoning a practical possiblity?
Just one note, this section of John, called the pericope of the adulteress, is regarded by most scholars of Biblical texts to be a later addition, not part of the original Greek of John. I believe it is footnoted as such in the NIV. That doesn't invalidate your question, but, bottom line, there is not good reason to believe this incident happened, or that Jesus said those words.
Nov
11
comment Was Jesus 'delivered from his fear' or 'delivered because he had fear' of God?
@Mike, you know one thing that I didn't comment on here is the proposition apo used before eulabeia. YLT give it with the mouthful "in respect to that which he...", which I don't quite see the justification for. Normally apo denotes a point of origin, "from". ESV's "because" seems good. The source of God's listening was Jesus' reverence. Are we to believe that God listened because Jesus was scared to die, or because he was a faithful servant. I think the testimony of both Hebrews and the NT clearly tells us which is right. I don't find this ambiguous, theological machinations notwithstanding.
Nov
11
comment Who was Moses supposed to say sent him, “Ehieh” or “Yahweh”
@RonMaimon FWIW, Ron, I am not an advocate of the JEDP documentary hypothesis (or more specifically the JE part of it.) I think it is largely baseless speculation. However, I don't suppose the comments section here is the place to engage in such a discussion. FWIW, though, I think Josh McDowell's "Evidence that Demands a Verdict" pretty much eviscerates the idea.
Nov
9
comment Is the territory of the Negeb considered part of the wilderness?
Negev is the Hebrew word for south. Relative to Israel, the Negev desert or wilderness is to the south. BTW Negev and Negeb are really the same (though the former is correct.) The difference is due to the transliteration from the Hebrew alphabet into the English. B and V are translated (here) from the same letter, Beth, which when placed at the end is pronounced as a v.