Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Verre et Bible 14 by Pasi K Pohjala Feb2013 THUS reading now B-RS we indeed find reference here to the RS harbour and can thus render here IN THE HARBOUR. This is of course specially appropriate because this statement immediately before writes of place being the frontier beside the high seas- and harbour is exactly such place, built by builders. Then this statement continues noticing that plank structures in that harbour were of planks from Senir; and strctures of poles and masts were of poles of cedar trees. We easily notice that RS words noticing harbours and anchorages in Hebrew Bible are there quite usually written clearly in this meaning, in many statements and in many books of Hebrew Bible. This is especially important to notice; merely some occurrences could still be regarded as belonging to style and special vocabulary of a particular book or prophesy. Merely some scattered examples of RS words designating harbours and anchorages and safe havens could also be thought as occurring for merely referring to suspect practises of older cultures or cultures surrounding, presented thus mostly for purpose of criticism. Thus the task in the current study is to show that RS words designating harbours and anchorages in Hebrew Bible indeed occur in many books and by many authors and prophesies, AND that these RS words thus describe and name the OWN culture and practises of the culture and religion of these writers and prophets. With this argumentation we then show to the Readers that indeed in Hebrew Bible RS words in many statements and in many descriptions and prophesies do occur as positive description of the culture of these prophets and this religion. This is to say, in these statements the prophets and writers thus were describing everyday life of their societies and practises of their culture and religion, their own practises of seafare and harbours, anchorages and safe havens. We now especially remember that the region of Palestine was from the times ancient indeed very famous for their seafaring. Tyre and Sidon little north of the area of modern Palestine were in ancient world enormously famous for their seafaring, their seafaring in the whole Mediterranean region and even beyond. Remember well that the famous ancient sea god in Hellenistic world is POSEIDON whose name unmistakably to everyone referred to SIDON, that enormous centrum of ancient seafaring; and worth is remembering that POSEIDON actually had established status as one patron of ancient polis ATHENS. Ancient Phoenicians were very important seafaring people, their naval trade empire was in Eastern Mediterranean from time ancient very important, and old Egyptians often employed specialist Phoenician captains, seamen and ship builders for their endeavours in Mediterranean naval trade. This regarded, where have all the seamen gone in modern Bibles- this question is essential for really many versions of modern Bible understanding, as well in Christian Bible translations, as in the modern Tanakh project “the Tanakh is an entirely original translation of the Holy Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the Masoretic- the traditional Hebrew- text. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis representing the three largest branches of organised Judaism in America. Not since the third century B.C.E, when seventy-two elders of the tribes of Israel created the Greek translation of Scriptures, known as the Septuagint, has such a broad-based committee of Jewish scholars produced a major Bible translation.” (Tanakh translation, The Jewish Publication Society). The Tanakh project indeed is monumental and the representants thoroughly learned. Alas, we may begin question their translation already considering word BHR or B-Har, because famously is BAHARI in Arabic language the “sea”. And so on. Also their use of word “Jewish” is completely unacceptable, because Rabbinic Judaism was ONLY ONE of the branches of ancient Judaism, well known in ancient literature also groups of Sadducees and generally temple Priests, Zealots, general people or the Am Ha Aretz; and importantly we remember that early Christianity and followers of Jesus of Nazareth indeed were one important and growing group of ancient Jews. Maintaining that Rabbinical party is and was well established branch of ancient Judaism well is in accordance with reality; but simply appropriating the title “Jew” only to those who are or were of Rabbinical party is thorough perversion of truth and enormous humbug. These questions are in modern Bible research of course well known; and worthy reading and contemplating for these questions are also letters of Paul, former Rabbi who was educated in school of R. Gamaliel! Thus we continue to our current and very interesting doing: we discover more and more how Old Testament is book coming from and reflecting practises and culture and religion of ancient naval empire, their seafaring across Jordan river, their boating in lake Gennesareth, their harbours and their life. Thus we consider more statements in Old Testament. We consider more statements in Isaiah 57. There are RS words mentioned interestingly in Isaiah 57:20 writing “the wicked are like the troubled sea which cannot rest; whose waters toss up mire and mud. There is no safety, said my God, for the wicked” (Tanakh) Thus we consider this statement in Hebrew Bible writing that BWRA NWB SPTJM SLWM SLWM LRHWQ WLQRWB AMR JHWH WRPATJW WHRSYJM KJM NGRS KJ HSQT LA JWKL WJGRSW MJMJW RPS WTJT (57:19-20) This statement in Hebrew Bible writes of GRS (of form NGRS) and RSYJM, and the modern translation clearly acknowledges that indeed here is written concerning seafaring and sailing and seas. Chapter Seven. Religion of Typhoon in the New Testament times: St. STEPHEN. We noticed already that often in rituals of lecanomancy bowl divination were recited prayers to mighty Typhoon dragon, thus e.g. well noticed in the Greek Magical Papyri. This apparently alerts us to consider more detailed mentions of St. Stephen in Early Christianity, because the Greek name STEFANOS thus written in New Testament is practically parallel to name TYPHOON. Indeed, St. Stephen was one very prominent leader among early Christianity movement and episode concerning him is well recorded in the Acts of Apostles. During centuries of work of copyists this name STEFANOS is well preserved in New Testament tradition, this attesting the special importance of this STEFANOS in early Christianity and to Christianity thereafter. This continuing importance of STEFANOS and name STEFANOS during centuries is quite noteworthy especially remembering that many Greek readers usually well knew of TYPHOON the mighty Serpent whose mythologies were circulating in ancient world. Even more noteworthy is that St. Stephen’s day is traditionally celebrated in the day following the holiest Christian celebration, the Christmas day. To state clearly, in ancient Christian traditions is celebrated after Christmas Day the day of St. Stephen, whose name is practically the same as the Greek TYPHOON name for dragons. And worth remembering is that Jesus of Nazareth in Biblical tradition continues the traditions of Old Testament Joshua- and Greek transliteration of Hebrew name Joshua is Jesus, the same name as New Testament writes for Jesus of Nazareth- and we notably remember that this Old Testament Joshua is Son of NUN, Jesus Son of NUN. And in Egyptian mythology well alive in Hellenistic times, the NUN is serpent of primeval waters, primeval seas. Thus it is very notable that Christians after celebrating Christmas commemorating birth of Jesus, the day thereafter celebrate traditionally St. Stephen’s day, the name Stephen being quite the same as name TYPHOON for dragon, and Jesus is also Son of NUN, mighty Sea dragon. Readers are now asked to seriously contemplate these details for some moments, with all religious respect and reverence in their current style thoughts concerning Christian teachings. Christian movement thus in Scriptures, especially in Acts of Apostles, perpetuates memory of important St. Stephen and Christianity traditionally celebrates after the Christmas Day the day of St. Stephen, and his name is parallel to TYPHOON dragon name well known in Greek. This tells very much indeed concerning Christianity, from times old: religious and churchly directed editorial activity in copying the texts of Greek Bible did not erase the name STEFANOS, parallel to TYPHOON, from being quite prominent in Acts of the Apostles; rather, in religiously and churchly sanctioned religious celebrations the St. Stephen’s day is celebrated immediately after Christmas Day. What do YOU think this actually means; these being for Christian understanding important episodes and details, deserving serious and respectful but open and clarifying contemplation. Considering early Christian histories of Stephen, we notice in New Testament that after the persecution following execution of Stephen, many members of then formative Christian group are described to have fled to Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antiochia (Acts 11:19-20); this notices much of culture and practises of those “Hellenists”; among them are noticed men from Kyrene and Cypriotes and their fleeing to Antiocia- so that this group was truly international. (As often in discussing activity of Paul, it is worth to notice that fleeing to Alexandria or people coming from Alexandria are here not so noticed.) We shortly notice concerning the discussion of Jesus Son of God. Namely Old Testament Joshua is well known in Bible as Joshua son of Nun; and Greek rendering of his name Joshua is Jesus, the same Greek name as name for Jesus of Nazareth. In Hellenistic Egypt well continued ancient Egyptian traditions of NUN knew this Nun as mighty serpent god of primeval waters and high seas. now it is worth to remind Readers that in Greek language the word NUN actually quite often occurs and innocently denotes usually “now”. But this important context of NUN water dragon in Egyptian famous mythology is some times quite worth remembering. The Greek word NUN being usual in Greek writings, also Septuagint and New Testament often write this word NUN- and very often this is merely translated as “now” that of course is usually appropriate. Especially Gospel of John quite often writes this word NUN. However, we may remember some special mentions of this NUN. Matt 27:42 notices KATABATOO NUN APO TOU STAUROU KAI PISTEUSOMEN EP’ AUTON; this indicates quite close connection of Jesus and the NUN. And following Matt 27:43 quotes from LXX Psalm 22:9 PEPOITHEN EPI TON THEON, RUSASTHOO NUN EI THELEI AUTON. Should we here actually compare the THEOS and NUN, finding the divine NUN here noticed? Also the Eulogy of Symeon in Luke 2 writes KAI EULOGEESEN TON THEON KAI EIPEN NUN APOLUEIS TON DOULON SOU We really should contemplate that here may be recorded Eulogy to God NUN, so clearly is written here of his praising God (THEOS) and addressing God saying NUN APOLUEIS where well is heard addressing the God NUN who is prayed for APOLUEIS. Also in statement of Jesus in John 17:5 is the NUN importantly heard KAI NUN DOKSASON ME SU PATER PARA SEAUTOO TEE DOKSEE E EIKHON PRO TOU TON KOSMON EINAI PARA SOI Here is noticed how Jesus prays to Father (DOKSASON SU PATER); but it is really worth contemplating that the NUN DOKSASON also is addressing to this God, so that SU PATER and NUN both address this God; this would state that the Father is the god NUN, and this is of course I full accordance with Old Testament knowing that Joshua-Jesus is SON OF NUN. In the Greek Magical Papyri we notice that recitation of prayers to mighty TYPHOON dragon is important in many rituals of bowl divination lecanomancy. When we attentively read the histories of St. STEPHEN in Acts of Apostles, in accordance with the traditional Greek text, we also there notice surprising connection to bowl divination in his practises. In the later traditions this St. STEPHEN of course is prominent among the first deacons whose appointment is in Acts of Apostles 6 so well described. In then developing hierarchy of Church indeed were being formed those very important offices for Bishops, Priests and Deacons. And the deacons are in the tradition usually considered to be more concerned with practicalities and doing churchly charitable work and social work, whereas the status of Priests is more connected to the Word and Sacraments. This notices simplified some main tenets of developing Churchly hierarchy, and it is mostly through these schemes that also the history of St. Stephen in Acts of Apostles 6-7 is usually read: there is found important Apostolic instituting the office of deacons, and St. Stephen one prominent among the first appointed deacons, who also was martyred. Thus the usual reading of Acts 6-7 finds mostly there apostolic institution of office of deacons, devoted to churchly social work and preaching; and regrettably, much less are then asked concerning the fact that the name STEFANOS is parallel to TYPHOON name for dragons. Considering more the contemporary Greek Magical Papyri from nearby Hellenistic Egypt even more alerts us to think of STEFANOS and dragons, because in bowl divinations were often prayers to mighty TYPHOON recited. Thus we question also some more who actually this STEFANOS in Acts of Apostles 6-7 was, being one of the leaders of the Hellenists among early Christians. Thus we read with really much interest the Acts of Apostles 6-7 and detect truly interesting details. Acts 6:1 writes OTI PARETHEOOROUNTO EN TEE DIAKONIA TEE KATHEEMERINEE AI KHEERAI AUTOON Here we find specially strong description of visions. Here EN TEE DIAKONIA refers of course to DIAKONEIN that is traditionally rendered as noticing serving and assisting and other helpful activities appropriate to the later quite rigidly specified status of the deacons in hierarchy of Church. However, in the manuscripts very slight change reads here EN TEE DIAKENIA that importantly refers to SEEING THROUGH THE EMPTY (the Greek letters E and O are quite easily changed). The Greek KENOS describes emptiness and empty vessels and containers and the DIA notices in Greek often concretely “through”. In THIS context this reading of EN TEE DIAKENIA noticing OBSERVING and SEEING is now especially emphasised because here is the THEOOROUNTO written, noticing literally “seeing”. For such visioning was light central; and here is of HEEMERA written in the KATHEEMERINEE word. Notable is also that possibly early also PUR-THEOOREIN can here have been written (Greek U and A are easily changed); thus we find reconstructed PURETHEOOROUNTO EN TEE DIAKENIA TEE KATHEEMERINEE AI KHEERAI AUTOON We find here in Acts 6:1 thus interesting description “in the day-light liturgy of fire flame bowl visioning through the empty-bowl were also their KHEERAI there watching” (trl. by Pasi K. Pohjala) Now this description describes one often discussed episode of life of early Christians. We are thus enormously interested to recognise that these Early Christians were doing bowl-visioning DIAKENIA. Here Acts 6:1 writes of religious practise of doing visual observations through empty bowls, flaming in fire, being lamps. And this practise of bowl visioning lecanomancy is in ancient traditions in nearby cultures well known, we thus find that practise of observation of fire flaming hollow bowls (lamps) was thus usual also among early Christians! According to this description in Acts, this Christian practise of bowl-visioning was popular among Hebrews and Hellenists. Thus we continue reading in Acts 6:2 written that HEMAS KATALEIPSANTAS TON LOGON TOU THEOU DIAKONEIN TRAPEZAIS EPISKEPSASTHE DE ADELFOI Now is important to recognise that KATALEIPSANTAS can be form of KATA-LEIPOO (leave or forsake) as often nowadays is read- but also it can be form of KAT-ALEIFO of anointing with oil and rituals of applying oil to that bowl. This is important considering practises of DIAKENEIN seeing through the bowl in bowl visioning. And the TRAPEZA of course refers to tables, but in THIS text writing of STEFANOS-TYPHOON is now centrally important to recognise that TRAPEZA is for ancient Greek and Semitic speaking readers similar to TERAPH Teraphim or SERAPHIM Serpent. In glass bowl mostly filled with water for cooling purposes could some oil film be poured floating upon waters for nourishing the flame. However, some forms of e.g. nafta are very flammable but in some compositions not always floating (that makes them not usable for nourishing flame in water filled lamp): but pouring such nafta on ALGOS sea shell makes such small natural container that easily floats on water of glass bowl and creates beautiful flame. Here is apparently such practise described: that divine ALGOS sea shell was filled with some oil mixture (KAT-ALEIFOO), kindled, and then made visual observations through waters of that hollow glass bowl (DIA-KENEIN)- and thereby were SERAPH Serpent observed. (I studied earlier in studying Book of Nahum that Judaism of that time practised cult of PURPLE SEA SHELL ALGOS PORFUROS, and I here quote some results: “Importantly in the current study, later is here shown that Alexandrian Hellenistic Jewish writers (Philo) knew of cult of ALGOS PORFUROS, some kind of cult of purple shell. Apparently this cult of ALGOS PORFUROS was one ancient cult of resuscitation and immortality.” (p.83). “We proceed now to considering this Migr 1-6 and see that actually here is presented a SEA SHELL being DWELLING of God” (p.111) where references to ALGOS PORFUROS were found, and reference to statement that KAI NOU ALGOS ENDIAITEMA and also OIKON EKHEI FESI TON EAUTOU ALGON. Also Posteritate 100 was found important. This discussion is in detail written in my Verre et Bible Nine. Bible, Boats and Divers. Gaulos Ships GOLA Settlements; Reqem Nabatean Trade Empire of Purple Argaman, Raising Dead by Resuscitation; and Capernaum (Kefer Nahum) Seafaring (Verre et Bible 9, May 2011). In Acts of Apostles, this EPI-SKEPTOMAI is used quite similarly with EPI-SKOPEOO visual observing (the title EPISKOPOS is formed of that EPI-SKOPEOO; and in Churchly tradition that EPI-SKOPEOO was established more in meaning for making inspections and surveillance, this more reflecting then developing more rigidly hierarchical structures of churchly life where the EPISKOPOS officials were assigned roles in organisation for more making surveillance and inspection- but it is important to remember that SKOPEOO actually does refer to concrete visual observing). We notice here also written in 6:7 KAI O LOGOS TOU THEOU EUKSANEN KAI EPLEETHUNETO Reading here with the lectio continua the OLOGOS is practically in Greek MSS similar to writing ALOGOS or ALGOS, remembering resemblance of O and A in Greek writing. Then is written here of AUKSANOO growing and PLEETHUNO becoming more, or becoming full. We find here in this statement reference to ideology that ALGOS sea shell makes growth and fullness, obviously here considered a growth of visions and visual apparitions. And in this situation is STEFANOS-TYPHOON noticed as one specially elected Observers, and is noticed making visual observations of SERPENT Teraph (TRAPEZAIS). This is very symbolical event of observation of bowl visioning, observing appearance of fiery Serpent, and noticing how sea shell ALGOS was oil filled and produced magnitudes, obviously floating on waters of that glass bowl as small container of some compound of nafta that as such would not float but sink into the bowl, but poured in such small ALGOS sea shell container such compound can float and produce the bright fire flame. so now is described how that ALGOS was considered having powers of making magnifying, magnified visions AUKSANOO. And STEFANOS-TYPHOON, apparently Priest of Typhoon, is here in Acts 6-7 described as specially nominated specialist for such rituals. It is quite worthy noticing how Acts 6:7-8 writes POLUS TE OKHLOS TOON HIEREOON HUPEEKOUON TEE PISTEI (dat) STEFANOS DE PLEEREES KHARITOS KAI DUNAMEOOS EPOIEI TERATA KAI SEEMEIA MEGALA EN TOO LAOO (dat) This statement interestingly reveals the priestly status of this STEFANOS, in this statement thus compared STEFANOS and “many priests”. This statement also interestingly specifies this STEFANOS being a real specialist of making miracles and miraculous appearances, thus noticed how STEFANOS produced to seeing of audience TERATA KAI SEEMEIA. Apparently this STEFANOS, Priest of Typhoon, was a real specialist of rituals of this kind of fire flame divination and thus was specially appointed for such office, DIAKENEIN. We also learn more of the group where this STEFANOS Priest of Typhoon was specially active, he is here mentioned having made such divination examinations together with people from Synagogue of LIBERTINES, KYRENAIANS, ALEXANDRIANS, and people from KILIKIA and ASIA. Greek Bible here writes the word SUZETOUNTES TO STEFANO (dat) that now is important. The SUZEETEIN word is formed of SUN and ZEETEIN, and usually the SUN is comprehended to notice that people from these named groups together were making such examinations against this STEFANOS; but rather here is clear that this ZEETEIN searching activity was such that there was this STEFANOS together with (SUN) these people doing this ZEETEIN searches. Usual reading comprehends the object of such searches being the accused activities of this STEFANOS,

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