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A word about ‘authoritative’ translations

In the centuries since the King James Version was authorized in 1611, many have come to refer to it as the “authoritative” translation. This notion of authoritativeness is so pervasive that many hold the KJV in higher esteem than the Hebrew and Greek texts from which it was translated.

There was a time when a grade-school education included a certain amount of Latin, Hebrew and Greek. We left that a long way back…before our modern public education system. Now, we’re lucky if the kid graduates at all and can function in English. But I digress.

Since the ancient languages aren’t taught in school, they’re not taught at home. Therfore several generations of kids have grown up in Christian homes not knowing how to read the Bible in the ancient languages. This makes the reliance on translation all the more heavier.

The reality is there is no such thing as an “authoritative” translation.

None.

It does not exist, except as an emotion-laden idea in the minds of many Christians.

It’s an idea, a notion, a myth. A widely- and closely-held belief. That’s all.

The message is the authority. How it is presented is another issue. Assuming the presentation itself is the authority is unhealthy.

The original writings from which we get the biblical text, whether they be on scrolls or tablets, probably don’t exist anymore. They’ve been duplicated by thousands of scribes over the centuries and whatever documents survive are most likely copies. So while we speak of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek being the original languages, the resource materials we employ for study are not those original documents.

With all that said, read your bible. Study it. Put a cover on it. Use highlighters. Write stuff in the margins. But understand that it is a tool, not an object of worship.

Liver Cleanse

Looks like I’ll be needing to do the 2-week liver cleanse again. I drink fairly regularly but not heavily. My diet and the obesity/diabetes are the main causes. I did this about a year and a half ago and everything has been fine until a couple of weeks ago. There are capsules to take twice daily along with a magnesium-oxygen supplement and of course, water. The idea is to turn the fat-solubile toxins into water-solubile ones so that they can be more easily removed from the body. Then we need to look at not taking in the toxins in the first place but that is a more difficult issue.

The Book of Enoch, a review

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Enoch is one of the more mysterious and obscure characters in the Bible. The text of Genesis 5:24 reads: Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him. (ESV) Naturally, characters mentioned least, such as Melchizedek, generate much interest.

At a little over 70 chapters 1 Enoch is a very interesting read. If you’ve ever heard of a group of angels called The Watchers, that story has its origins here. They’re mentioned in the New Testament, 2 Peter 2:4: For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; (ESV)

The text features colourful imagery and gives a  good telling of backstory as to who Enoch is.

While this 2nd edition, edited by Rev. Dr. Ronald K. Brown is impressively bound, it has a number of fatal editorial and langage issues that make it a very difficult read. There are many typos that were obviosuly overlooked in headers, misspellings of “Israel.” The text doesn’t read very smoothly. It is like the editor is trying to set the text in classical English but crashes somewhere near Shakespeare on a flight to King James.

This volume would need professional proof-reading and editing to bring it up to par with other published works in the same genre.

The imagery includes extensive celestial references. I’d like to have those portions reviewed by a professional astrologer to shed some light on them.

The text mentions numerous books written by Enoch and handed off to Methuselah. If those survived the flood they must have been lost to antiquity I will continue to study other versions of I Enoch as well as books II and III.

Writing again

Things have been, well, a bit nuts in my life since I was cleaning regularly and writing here. What I have learned during the past several months is that my default state is not tidy. That is something, like diet “changes” and other things, that I will have to make a conscious effort to keep up. I’ll try to write weekly here and talk more about what I am doing to declutter my life.