söndag, maj 31, 2009

Antichrist à la Wasilla

A Pastor Hamman, Independent Baptist Church in Wasilla, Alaska, has an article in the local paper Monday claiming that the Anti-christ in the Book of Daniel is a Homosexual. Click on the head-line! Don’t forget the comments section, which shows that the good people of Wasilla has better judgement than the Pastor.

The Book of Daniel is written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The verse quoted by Pastor Hamman is Daniel 11:37b. The pastor uses (as American anti Moderns are wont to do - remember that the Revi-sed Standard Version is probably Communist because it has red covers :=) bisexual King James old translation (1611, revised 1765): “Neither shall he regard ... the desire of women...”

The NIV says “or for the one desired by women”. The 1917 Swe-dish State translation does the same (in Swedish), whereas both the the LXX; the Septuagint, the ancient Greek translation from Alexandria – only a couple of decades later than the Book of Daniel itself (165 BC) – and the King James translation omit the “for the one” necessary in both contemporary English and Swedish saying: kaì epith-mía gunaikån and "the desire of women”, respectively.

But the "for the one" is imbedded, as it is, in the kaì.

So it is not that the King (of Syria as it is ;=) does not desire wo-men, it’s that he has no regard for the lascivious Idol (Baal or Adonis) desired by women…

Illiterate pastor for sure. As one commenter at Joe.My.God. says: “Since the asshat doesn't even respect his own holy book enough to actually read it I have no idea why he expects the rest of us to.”

I must add a reflection. The unfortunate pastor's Bible-reading is only of one half verse. Almost nothing. Further, the half verse only says what it says and means what it means. It shouldn't give cause for any mis-understandings or mis-interpretations.

Yet it does.

And I think that this is what generally happens and has happened, not only in our latter days, but for the last Millennium.

The person mis-understands, mis-interprets something which is really very easy and means only what it says. And the reason are his expectations. What he expects to be there - he sees. No matter what.

Eisegeisis in-reading, not exegeisis out-reading.

But then; Eisegeisis is the rule, not the exception.

Hat tip Eruptions at the Foot of the Vulcano!

More at Box Turtle Bulletin,

and Joe.My.God.,

and Chatta Box.

12 kommentarer:

Doorman-Priest sa...

The anti-Christ will be Alaskan.

Fred Schwartz sa...

GÖRAN,
Thank you! what a great and timely explanation. Too bad we ALL don't read it thoroughly! Keep up the good work!

BTW: Nice to have you back!

Grandmère Mimi sa...

Göran, thank you for this. I read Leo's post, hardly able to get through it for my horror at the stupidity of the reasoning of Pastor Hamman.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Poor Alaska! What did they do to deserve this?

Yeah, we all need to read more thoroughly, and above all; to trust our sound judgement - and God!

Stupid it is, but far too common (se above ;=)

Cany sa...

Oh Goran, it IS so good to have you back.

This is the same church, mind you, that believes people will swarm to Alaska during the tribulation and that they must be "ready". I have no idea what "ready" means.

Above all, this kind of statement is the basis of how many of we Christians are judged... sadly.

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Not least the last... That's obvious from many of the 711+ comments to the article.

Sad, sad. But who can blame people for thinking so?

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Oh, and Thanks for the kind words!

Brian R sa...

Thank you. I appreciate your informed explanation.

Leonardo Ricardo sa...

THE TRUTH IS:

I never understand, or better, believe, the ¨written word¨ until after I run it by you!

Thank you Göran for helping me (and I know hundreds of others) understand the REAL MEANING and INTENT of the Bible passages and their authentic/unadulterated Scriptural translations.

You´re the BEST!

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

Thank you for the kind words!

Maybe it's because I dont try to force any external (Gnosticist/Philiosphical) ideas on the Biblical texts like we are used to...

But simply try to see what the text says ;=)

Göran Koch-Swahne sa...

... and what it doesn't say...

And keep them apart!

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