[b-hebrew] Is the Massoretic text reliable?

James Christian jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
Thu Nov 19 13:02:21 EST 2009


I suppose we could better liken this correction to the 'correction' of
removing YHWH. Also largely inspired by a theology which the original
authors evidently didn't share.

James Christian

2009/11/19 K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>

> James:
>
> I would like to see the details before making a decision. The first one
> sounds plausible. Is there any evidence from other MSS to back it up?
> Anything from the DSS?
>
> As for the anthropomorphisms of God, I don’t know of anyone who considered
> them to be a description of physical attributes. Therefore they didn’t
> cause
> a problem.
>
> Karl W. Randolph.
>
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 2:07 AM, James Christian
> <jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com>wrote:
>
> > In such cases of this type I would be suspicious of the change. The basis
> > of the change is that it conflicts with their theology and should
> probably
> > be better viewed as a corruption rather than a correction. If some were
> to
> > get their way they would alter verses referring to God's 'hands', 'feet'
> etc
> > as it conflicts with their idea of God. Obviously, God doesn't have
> physical
> > hands and feet as we think of them and it is unlikely that the original
> > authors believed he did but yet didn't have a theological problem with
> > referring to them.
> >
> > James Christian
> >
> > 2009/11/17 K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>
> >
> >> Thanks, Petr:
> >>
> >> It is my understanding that these are textual witnesses.
> >>
> >> I did see a discussion of the first one, Genesis 18:22, where the change
> >> was
> >> noted and why: the original had the Lord standing before Abraham. But
> the
> >> Masoretes concluded that the inferior stands before the superior, that
> >> it’s
> >> not merely a spacial statement, therefore they changed the verse to say
> >> that
> >> Abraham stood before the Lord. But I don’t have any information about
> the
> >> other passages.
> >>
> >> Karl W. Randolph.
> >>
> >
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