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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hen Scratches 16-09-07

Lots of great blog posts around. First, a good post by Wade Burleson on the days when you could be accused of not believing in the doctrine of the infallibility of scripture if you protested against slavery. Hermeneutics: Slavery & Feminism by Mike Aubrey points to The Civil War as a Theological Crisis.

For those with a hard core interest in Bible translation this article by Margaret Deanesly on the Lollard Bible from 1951 is a must. She has a fascinating description of the difference between the "word for word" translation of the Bible originally completed in 1384, and the later "meaning for meaning" translation of 1395. We would consider even the "meaning for meaning" translation fairly literal. There is a detailed discussion of the historical context. It is one of the best articles I have read on the history of a translation. Thanks again to Rob.

Here is ElShaddai with a further translation post - Choosing a modern Bible translation, part 4

On the lighter side, from Deborah and Loren Haarsma, (scroll down - it is the last link on the page) the New Revised Academic Version,
When you are writing a paper about exciting new data, do not overstate the impact of your result. Someone else may come along later with better data and prove you wrong, and then you will be humiliated and your colleagues will not respect your work. But when you have an exciting new result, be modest about its implications. Then when the review paper comes out, it will say, "This is an important piece of work," and you will be honored in the presence of all your colleagues. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
(See: Luke Chapter 14, verses 7-11)

No one runs untested code on a network server, for the code may crash and take down the server. Likewise, no one puts old format data files into new databases. The new database will be corrupted, and the data will be lost. No, you put new-format data into new databases.
(See: Matthew Chapter 9, verses 14-17)

The kingdom of heaven is like an original manuscript in a used book store. When a historian found it, she sold all her other books to buy the manuscript. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a scientist looking for new projects. When he found one theory of great promise, he joyfully gave up all his other projects to focus on it.
(See: Matthew Chapter 13, verses 44-46)
I will return to Psalm 68 soon. In many ways we haven't even touched on the more interesting elements. There is a ton of conversation between Lingamish, Peter, John, Bob, Doug et al. - I don't think it needs pointing to, I don't want to appear to be leaving anyone out, seems like everyone is there but me.

If someone has written a post that they would like to see mentioned here, please email me any time, I may have missed it. Ilona continues to blog on Hesed.


At Sun Sep 16, 01:32:00 PM, Blogger tom sheepandgoats said...

There is something to be said for the New Revised Academic Version. Let's face it, Bible illustrations are best understood by an agricultural society, and most of us think food comes from the supermarket.

One of our own traveling ministers would use the illustration that a "working mule won't kick, and a kicking mule won't work." The congregations loved it and all got the point that we should strive to get along and apply ourselves to Christian activity.

But then the minister was assigned to the New York City area and nobody knew what a mule was.


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