Re: Catholic Questions Re: Mary query
Well put. I have never found in the bible where it teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin. Terry.
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> > ******Les replies,Faulty translations of what? I'm a bit confused here.
> I think you are basing a very tenuous argument at best on faulty
> translations. Probably the Septuagint.
Regarding Most's Old Testament examples of the word brother being used
to describe relatives other than brothers: I asked my fiance to look
up the Hebrew word in Genesis 13:8, since he knows biblical Hebrew.
He was somewhat reluctant to help me defend a doctrine he doesn't
believe in, but he did look up the Genesis passage for me to see what
the word that the NAB translates as "kinsmen" actually is. He said the
word is "brothers," not "kinsmen." The modern translations that say
"kinsmen" are, as I explained, merely interpretating the term in context.
All this proves, of course, is that in Hebrew culture the word for
brother could be used for other relatives. The rest of the argument
--that Hebrew speakers who wrote in Greek might be influenced by the
Hebrew use of "brother" to use the greek term "adelphos" to describe
other cousins-- is, admittedly, a hypothesis, and you are free to
> What else might this lead us to believe about the competence of whatIt might lead us to believe that the human authors weren't polished
> is written in the New Testament?
users of Greek-- or it might be more accurate to say that they were
influenced strongly by Hebraic and Aramaic language, such that they
used Greek in ways a Grecian author wouldn't have chosen. When
cultures adopt other languages, they change them. It doesn't prove
that the New Testament isn't inspired, because to be "inspired"
doesn't mean that it uses flawless Greek!