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Addressing Larry Hurtado….

For some odd reason, I can’t seem to comment anymore on his blog. Hmmm….
So I have decided to comment here 🙂

This comment is in response to this:

https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/the-early-text-of-the-new-testament/#comment-17931


Thanks for your reply,
For the record, here is the quote about literacy during the time of Jesus I am referring to:
“Several significant studies of literacy have appeared in recent years showing just how low literacy rates were in antiquity. The most frequently cited study is by Columbia professor William Harris in a book titled Ancient Literacy. By thoroughly examining all the surviving evidence, Harris draws the compelling though surprising conclusion that in the very best of times in the ancient world, only about 10 percent of the population could read at all and possibly copy out writing on a page. Far fewer than this, of course, could compose a sentence, let alone a story, let alone an entire book. And who were the people in this 10 percent? They were the upper-class elite who had the time, money, and leisure to afford an education. This is not an apt description of Jesus’s disciples. They were not upper-crust aristocrats.
In Roman Palestine the situation was even bleaker. The most thorough examination of literacy in Palestine is by a professor of Jewish studies at the University of London, Catherine Hezser, who shows that in the days of Jesus probably only 3 percent of Jews in Palestine were literate. Once again, these would be the people who could read and maybe write their names and copy words. Far fewer could compose sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and books. And once again, these would have been the urban elites.
Source: Ehrman, Bart D. (2012-03-20). Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (Kindle Locations 702-712). Harper Collins, Inc

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Till the 19th Century, all New Testament translations were based off of “Corrupt” Byzantine Text-Type

Title: Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament
Author(s): Bruce M. Metzger

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5 Gospels not 4 !?!?!?!

Title: The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration Author(s): Bruce M. Metzger, Bart D. Ehrman

Pg. 327
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Haydock on Genesis 30:24 ( Joseph is not a Theophoric name!!!)

Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary On The Old Testament

Ver. 24.  Joseph.  In imposing this name, Rachel looks both to the past and to the future; thanking God for taking away (asop) her reproach, and begging that He would add (isop or Joseph) the blessing of another son, as he really did, though it occasioned her death: so little do we know what we ask for!  Joseph means one “adding or increasing.”  C. xlix. 22.  H. — He was born when the 14 years of service were over; being a most glorious figure of Jesus Christ, who came to redeem us from slavery.  D.

Examining the I AM of John 8:58

Taken (with notes )from here: https://christianpublishinghouse.co/2018/10/18/john-858-theological-bias-in-bible-translation/

John 8:58 is one of the most hotly debated verses in the Bible, so our investigation begins and ends here.

UASV ESV, LEB, HCSB, RSV NLV CEV
Jesus said to them, “Most truly I say to you, Before Abraham came to beI have been in existence.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham wasI am.” Jesus said to them, “For sure, I tell you, before Abraham was bornI was and am and always will be! Jesus answered, “I tell you for certain that even before Abraham wasI was, and I am.”
NLT NAB TEV, GNT NASB, ASV
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even bornI Am! Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to beI AM.” “I am telling you the truth,” Jesus replied. “Before Abraham was born‘I AM’.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was bornI am.”
John 8:58 American Translation (AT) Jesus said to them, “I tell you, I existed beforeAbraham was born!

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Biblical Punishment for Urinating on a Wall is DEATH!!! ( 1 Kings 16:11)

1 Kings 16:11

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he struck all the house of Baasha: he did not leave him a single one who urinates on a wall, neither of his relatives, nor of his friends.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he smote all the house of Baasha; he left him not one that pisses against a wall, neither of his kinsfolk, {Heb. redeemers}, nor of his friends.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that urinates against a wall, neither of his kinfolks, nor of his friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was king and sat upon his throne, he slew all the house of Baasa, and he left not one thereof to piss against a wall, and all his kinsfolks and friends.

World English Bible
It happened, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he struck all the house of Baasha: he didn’t leave him a single one who urinates on a wall, neither of his relatives, nor of his friends.

 

Critique of ‘3 Ways to Graciously Engage KJV-Only Believers’ By Mark Ward

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-ways-graciously-engage-kjv-believers/

A christian article that I found funny, and I thought I should share it:

(MY COMMENTS ARE IN RED)

JULY 26, 2018 | Mark Ward

Don Carson pled with them for realism 40 years ago, and James White urged them to trust modern translations 20 years ago. But I sense that conservative evangelicalism has now given up on critiquing King James Version-onlyism. (Physician heal thyself)

But there are tens or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of KJV-only Christians around the world, and a new generation is taking leadership in the movement. ( That is scary, ignorance breeds ignorance )

It’s time to make another gentle appeal.

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Red or Yellow Heifer? (Qur’an 2:69 vs. Numbers 19:2)

Qur’an 2:69

They said, Call on your Lord for us, to show us what colour she should be. He answered, God says she should be a bright yellow heifer, pleasing to the eye.

VERSUS

Numbers 19:2 King James Version (KJV)

2 This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:

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Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss) on Qur’an 2:72

I MAKE NO JUDGMENTS AS TO THE VALIDITY OR INVALIDLY OF HIS ARGUMENTS.

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Christian Women Have To Wear Hijab According To The Bible

Commentary 🙂

Blogging Theology

Kaleef K. Karim

Is covering the hair a religious commandment for Christian women? Does the Bible impose Hijab on Christian women? There can be only one answer to this: yes, it is! Simply, a person only needs to open the Bible, go to 1st Corinthians, chapter 11 verses 3-10,

  But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not covered, let her be shaven. But if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head.

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