[B-Greek] Alma/Virgin is outside parameters of BG discussion

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sun Jul 29 12:48:06 EDT 2007

What this has to do with any discussion recent or remote on B-Greek  
escapes me. I do know that there has been a very long thread on the  
subject of Isaiah 7:14 on the LXX list over the last few days, but  
ALMA is not a Greek word. I trust that B-Greekers will avoid  
responding to this provocation.

Carl W. Conrad
Co-Chair, B-Greek List

On Jul 29, 2007, at 12:14 PM, Rev. Jim Cunningham wrote:

> If you folks are going to be so totally dishonest that you refuse  
> to see that "Alma" refers to a virgin (an unmarried, sexually pure)  
> young woman, even with proof, merely because you simply DO NOT WANT  
> TO believe, then I cannot trust ANYTHING you have to say. There is  
> no bias like an intellectual bias, and all of you are  
> intellectually biased when it comes to the Scriptures. How do any  
> of you - nobodies all - presume to tell us Jews what our own  
> religion and language means?! For four thousands years we have know  
> that the word alma in that verse was referring to a prophecy of a  
> virgin giving birth. True, in the time since Jesus of Nazareth  
> there have been some blasphemously traitorous rabbis who, not  
> wanting to concede to the christians their view of Jesus' virgin  
> birth, have attempted to change what everyone knew Alma in that  
> verse meant. But everyone else has known the truth. And here you  
> group of little pip squeeks, as though you are some wise all- 
> knowing intelligent
>  people, are going to break down OUR Scriptures and tell US that we  
> are wrong? Declaring yourselves to be wise, you've become total  
> fools. Stop your antisemitism and go trash someone else's religion  
> - starting with your own heathenism.
>   -Rev. Jim Cunningham
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