Copyrightedslightly edited with permission by Gary Amirault, Introduction by Gary Amirault Ancient Greek and Roman poets, philosophers and statesmen such as Seneca, Polybius, Strabo, Plato, Plutarch, Timaeus Locrus, Chrysippus and Livy tell us they invented fables of Hell "Since the multitude is ever fickle, full of lawless desires, irrational passions and violence, there is no other way to keep them in order but by the fear and terror of the invisible world. Roman Catholicism borrowed its myths of Hell from the Romans, Greeks and Jews who, in turn, borrowed them from the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
While I agree with the vast majority of what Prof. Moo has said, I would push back just a bi against this presentation. It seems to me that helping the target audience clearly understand the Biblical text is the goal. Moo assumes that the best way to do this is to map the translation to the way contemporary speakers and writers of English actually use the language.
That may not be true. Let me suggest a practical and a historical example of this: I would reply, it might be archaic but would anyone have difficulty understanding what it means?
One thing I wish Prof. Moo had addressed is that the original books of the Bible are not written at the same reading level Micah is harder than Ruth and Hebrews is harder than Mark. This poses an interesting question: Don Johnson January 21, at Benjamin Rhodes January 22, at I wanted to hi-five Moo on several points.
Sure, these highly trained scholars could sit around a table and create something that they THINK is easy to understand, but they went beyond that. They validated their assumptions through modeling.
During my theological training, I was consistently surprised at the number of young men and women who were offended and confused by non-gender-inclusive language. I deeply value the work of Moo and CBT in diving deep into this issue. Reply Denny Burk January 24, at 1: The study that they used measured usage, not understandability.
There are many expressions that may not used very often but that may still be understandable to native English speakers. Reply Benjamin Rhodes January 27, at You and I might believe that it is, but you and I are both educated and well read individuals.
They deserve more of a pat on the back than most Bible readers give them.Some people claim the Bible is a book of fairy tales because it mentions unicorns.
However, the biblical unicorn was a real animal, not an imaginary creature. Bob Deffinbaugh.
Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. in Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation.
1 E. F. Harrison, Romans in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 2 Harrison, Romans, alphabetnyc.comgh we would disagree with some of Harrison’s dates by as much as one year (probably late 55 or early 56 is the date for Romans), one simply cannot be more precise and dogmatic in this chronology.
An answer to the oft-asked question of if masturbation is a sin for believers in Christ Jesus, and what the scriptures teach concerning it. 1Cor (Wey).. in order to teach you by our example what those words mean, which say, "Nothing beyond what is written!".
Question: "What does the Bible say about work?" Answer: The beginning of an essay penned by Bob Black in entitled “The Abolition of Work” read, “No one should ever work. Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work.
The references to wine and strong drink in the Bible can be divided into 3 broad categories: positive references, negative references, and neutral references.