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Nov
3
comment What does the word 'evil' mean in In Isaiah 45.7
HALOT = Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, and OED is the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oct
29
comment Why does the original KJV use fishes instead of fish?
Not to mention the question of whether 'fishes' versus 'fish' conveyed a meaningful distinction to readers of Tyndale or the KJV when written.
Oct
29
comment Is King Solomon the bridegroom in the Song of Solomon?
To quote IA Richards, "How many children had lady MacBeth?" You're asking about whether the author intended to convey something that is, I think, nowhere in the text at all. I wouldn't know where to start.
Oct
28
comment Is King Solomon the bridegroom in the Song of Solomon?
I could type another 'this can't be answered' answer here, but I'm not sure you'd appreciate. If you think he wrote it, he could certainly have metaphored himself, Marie-Antoinette-like, into the role of a 'simple shepherd'.
Oct
27
comment Is it plausible to read the references to Solomon in the Song of Solomon as comparisons of the bridegroom to the “masculine ideal”?
I don't think that many scholars think that this means 'black' in the modern sense of the term. 'Swarthy' or 'suntanned' are offered by HALOT.
Oct
27
comment Is it plausible to read the references to Solomon in the Song of Solomon as comparisons of the bridegroom to the “masculine ideal”?
Got a scholarly reference to support that skin color assertion?
Oct
15
comment When was the Torah written or compiled?
Informally, 'Torah' is the whole thing. Formally, it's the first five, as distinct from Prophets and Writing.
Oct
13
comment Cain's lineage vs. Adam's
Oh, you mean the descendents of Adam.
Oct
11
comment When was the Torah written or compiled?
Please define your use of the term 'The Torah'. The entire canon as we know it today, or just the first five books? (I won't pester you with torah b'al peh.)
Oct
10
comment Can you help me find out about the culture of Shittim where Rahab lived?
None of these questions are answerable from the text.
Oct
9
comment Land of Moriah or Mount Moriah?
It's quite normal.
Oct
6
comment Why does Genesis 28:12 note that angels were going up and down the ladder?
For the cheese fans in the audience: HALOT page 173 indeed knows this word as cheese, by evidence of cognate languages. Same process.
Sep
30
comment Why does Genesis 28:12 note that angels were going up and down the ladder?
@rotten your sources that disagree with HALOT? They don't even offer a ladder as an alternative.
Sep
29
comment Was the tower of Babel a ziggurat?
Texts from the ancient world are full of origin and explanation stories. In any case, I weakened the introduction to that idea.
Sep
29
comment Criticism of the Vulgate: alleged errors and inaccuracies in translation
It's sort of telling that google reveals only people defending the Vulgate as wonderful, not (apparently) attacking it with examples.
Sep
22
comment Why does Genesis 28:12 note that angels were going up and down the ladder?
Based on your other question, you're going to love my answer.
Sep
19
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
I think that Cogan agrees with you, as he picks 'teams' as opposed to 'couples' of oxen as the translation. A team seems to me to imply a person directing. My original image was 12 yokes each of two oxen, but now I'm thinking a herd of oxen and a platoon of plowmen.
Sep
13
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
The OP asked for a non-allegorical answer.
Mar
3
comment Why did Elisha rebuke Gehazi for things he did not accept from Naaman?
Elisha starts with what was actually on offer (to him or Gehazi) and then goes on, and on, and on. He's angry.
Feb
28
comment Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
I don't see how to engage with this question without precise methodological details of what they claim for Hebrew. Just what Hebrew word(s) are they translating as 'life'? It's a matter of argument; 'breath' ? 'life' ? What you see in KJB tells you, at most, about the men who did it.