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Nov
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comment Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Word for "tower" used here in bereshit 11:4 is the same used in psalms for God. And these people were after a Name for themselves. So they were trying to acquire divinity thru the effort of their own strength, as a fruit of their labor. That is an ultimate form of vanity according to bible. It is paradigmatically idolatry. You say "I don't need God, I'll produce itmyself." It actually means an ultimate, insane vanity, which negates one's need for God. It equals to child saying to a parent:You don't exist for me anymore.I won't carry your family name anymore" and then expect sustenance.
Nov
15
comment Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Why the downvote?
Nov
15
comment Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
In a way, I think that all curses put on people, punishments etc. can be simply viewed as a denial, or withdrawing of blessing. I believe that a blessing - lack of curse - is a "family property" in a house of God. So withdrawing it is not necessarily an act of agression. It can be viewed as a statement of Lord - "Okay, you don't want me and my blessings in your life so away I go"
Nov
15
answered Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Nov
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Nov
14
comment Learning Hebrew on my own?
Besides, I doubt that even mechon-mamre translation can really convey the full meaning of text. The issue is not just that of a translator. The issue is that of the language and it's inherent limitations. I believe that hebrew and english reflect different mindsets and as such, even with a very good translator, english language will still be limited in giving the full meaning. At least in any concise way. That's why I started learning hebrew.
Nov
13
comment Learning Hebrew on my own?
I agree. I wasn't referring to the quality of english translation. This is for a purpose of learning the language, not for the purpose of studying the bible.
Nov
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answered Learning Hebrew on my own?