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Synalepha wrote:I know this forum is overwhelmingly unreligious but if there is some Christian/Jewish person reading this, I'd like to know how you feel about the story of Babel. I've always found the idea that linguistic diversity is a punishment from God very degrading, and if I were Christian or Jewish, I think I'd feel weird loving so much something that is meant to be a punishment.
Also, does anybody know more positive myths on how linguistic diversity came to be?
Vlürch wrote:For what it's worth, though, I don't consider myself a Christian and have never done so, except when it's the only possibility; if a Christian asks me if I'm a Christian with the implication that me not being a Christian is bad, I'll call myself a Christian for that moment. Same goes for a Muslim asking me if I'm a Muslim with the implication that me not being a Muslim is bad, so I'll call myself a Muslim for that moment. I wouldn't call myself a Jew under any circumstances, though, although I guess in an inclusive Pan-Abrahamic way it would be kind of antisemitic to imply that if I'm a Christian and Muslim, I'm not a Jew as well... but the Bible says something about it being bad for people to call themselves Jews if they aren't really Jews, so... I mean, I don't really take the Bible literally, but still. It's also different since Jews are an ethnic group with their own cultures and languages and everything, and not anyone can just convert to Judaism.
Antea wrote:I am trying to read the firsts verses of the Bible in its original language, that is in Hebrew, if I am not mistaken. But someone told me that it was not the same text for Christian and for Jewish religion, and I always thought that the Genesis was the same for both. Does anybody have any idea about it that could confirm this or not?
linguoboy wrote:Antea wrote:I am trying to read the firsts verses of the Bible in its original language, that is in Hebrew, if I am not mistaken. But someone told me that it was not the same text for Christian and for Jewish religion, and I always thought that the Genesis was the same for both. Does anybody have any idea about it that could confirm this or not?
It's complicated. (...)
Gormur wrote:It's the same except for the New Testament which was written in Ancient Greek. The Old Testament was written in Biblical Hebrew but people actually spoke Aramaic in public
If you get a copy of the Tanakh you'll see that it's just the Old Testament since Judaism doesn't recognize the New Testament
Maybe you're thinking of the Talmud. That was written later on for Jewish laws. I think there's actually written Aramaic in Jewish mystical texts as well as in the Apocrypha
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