Hen Scratches 19-07-07
Peter's post on Study New Testament for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender attracted many comments, especially those of Daniel Reed. His last comment is worth reading. He wrote,
- It's clear that we disagree on how to approach the Bible, and what a study of culture, history, and worldview can provide us in our exegetical process. It's not that I don't believe that the Bible has things to say that transcend culture, but I think that the primary interpretation for any text should be the one which makes the most sense to the culture of the original audience. ... when I read Paul, ... I expect him to be referring to the way that homosexuality was conceived in the Greco-Roman world - the pederasty, domination and inequality.
On a similar topic, Peter has an excellent essay on 1 Corinthians here.
Iyov has a post in Latin on why we should learn Hebrew. John offered a citation in French in the comments and I have found a related citation here and a more recent explanation here. (No need for us all to pretend we understand Latin if we don't.)
- Because it is the language of sacred texts, Hebrew itself was often considered sacred. In post-biblical times, it was referred to as lashon ha-kodesh, the holy language. Hebrew was often thought to be the language of the angels, and indeed, of God. According to rabbinic tradition, Hebrew was the original language of humanity. It was spoken by all of humankind prior to the dispersion described in the Tower of Babel story in Genesis. In addition, the Hebrew language was thought of as the tool that God used to create the world. A midrash states that, “Just as the Torah was given in lashon ha-kodesh, so the world was created with lashon ha-kodesh.” Similarly, the mystical book Sefer Yetzirah, describes the creation of the world through the manipulation of the Hebrew alphabet.
There is a post here and here on the HCSB. I'd like to know what others think of my policy of not reading a Bible in which 2 Tim. 2:2 has "men" in it and 1 Cor. 7:7 has "people" in it. Does that seem unreasonable?