By Professor David H Aaron
It truly is scholarly in its strategy. despite the fact that, the conclusions are only that the Bible comprises ambiguities and that a few ambiguities are extra ambiguous than others. Ambiguity may well functionality as a Bible code, yet God will let us know whilst the scrolls can be undone.
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But the battle lies behind and is to be presupposed in this prose narrative. The incident of these five verses is rooted in Canaanite mythology—more so than usually acknowledged—but at the same time, in typically Israelite fashion, it is “demythologized,” both by the way in which the report of the battle comes to us and by the fact that the intent of the mythological cosmic battle is lost. Here it is not life against death, fertility against sterility, order against chaos, the young god against the old god.
I have endeavored to choose phrases which are not made unequivocal in their original contexts. I have replaced the name of a god, whenever it is used, with the word “god” or something similar so as to hide the identities of the deities. Also, as these verses come from a variety of translations, I have endeavored to make the language uniform; for instance, the “thou” typical of translations in Pritchard 1969 has been changed to “you” so as to eliminate the impact of translators’ sylistic choices.
Q) How long, O God, will you ignore me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 4 The oldest documents of the ancient Near East all appear to relate to the gods as real beings in the same manner that we are real. They have wills just as we have wills and what motivates them, most often, is just what motivates us: love, hate, discomfort, hunger, fear, joy, a desire for power, rest, or any other of the great array of ego and physical needs we experience. ; (p) “God of My Family,” Foster 1996, 2:627; (q) Ps 13:2; (r) Ps 17:15.