Biblical Commentary by Noel Rude

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One “Pure Language in the Kingdom?

Some Bible students have speculated that in the Kingdom of God there will be a single, new “pure language” spoken by all. Many further speculate that the “pure language” may be Hebrew in some purified, updated form. Well, my friend Noel suggests that such speculation misses the point and by quite a bit. I believe he is right. What do you think? –Editor. Read Article.

Originally published 2/12/2011


 

Should the Goyim [Gentiles] Remember the Sabbath?

God sanctified the Sabbath (Gen 2:3): “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified [וַיְקַדֵּשׁ wayəqaddēš] it”—what does that mean?  Sanctification in our modern, secular world is pretty much a vacuous, fluff-fluff term.  In the Hebrew the word is קִדֵּשׁ qiddēš.  It corresponds pretty much to the Polynesian taboo.

Among the Columbia River Indians where I have worked the equivalent term is áwtn.  The roots that are dug for food are áwtni ‘sacred’, which means that they are tabooed until all the appropriate ceremonies are accomplished.  There is a song a woman who digs them sings.  They are brought into the longhouse and prepared according to strict rules, and there is a spring festival (káʔuyit ‘first eating’) in which honor is given to the appropriate deity.  Before this a person may say, áwawtšaaš x̣nítna ‘I am sanctifying/tabooing the roots’, which means that the person is neither digging nor eating of the new crop.  After the rituals and the festival the roots are called áwtni x̣nít ‘sanctified/tabooed/holy roots’—even when they now may be eaten. Read Article.

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How the Pronounce the Divine Name… Maybe

Rabbinical Judaism forbids pronunciation of the Name; others feel obligated to proclaim it to all the nations.  One might appreciate the sincerity and passion on both sides of this controversy, yet still not want in on the fray.  There are always those who condescendingly peer down from some supposed neutral high ground in any real dispute between good and evil.  Here, however, while not condemning either side and hopefully without condescension I will opt for neutrality.

Should one dispute the rationale of those passionate for pronouncing the Name, one quickly finds that—generally speaking—there is no dissuasion.  But then why should there be?  Why not opt for liberty and freedom of conscience?  And so in what follows please note that it is not my purpose to demean or discredit anyone. Read Article. 

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Concerning God’s Name

As for the Name—the Hebrew alphabet consists of consonants only—thusly God’s Hebrew name is spelled YHWH (or YHVH)—called the Tetragrammaton (Greek for ‘four letters’).  It was not until the second half of the first century that a system of dots and lines placed below and above the letters was developed to represent vowels.  These appear in printed Bibles.  In synagogues the Bible is still read from scrolls without vowels. Read Article.

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