Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Shellfish, and Other Animals

The Rev. Göran Koch-Swahne dives into the meaning of the Greek word arsenokoîtai, which is used in some of the supposedly anti-gay "clobber verses" in the Letters of Paul, in his 2006 entry Shellfish - and other animals:
Conclusion: Dr Calvinus’s claim that 1 Cor 6:9 somehow “saves” a Neo Platonist interpretation of the Levitical cultic purity taboos and the Tradition (LXX and NT nómos is not “law” but Tradition, remember) of the elders as “law”, bringing it into the Christian congregation (contra Mark 7 et al) as Social legislation for Geneva and the other cities of the Plain, makes practically all of post 16th century radical Neo Platonist theology (= Calvinism) dependant on the sexualization of the word Bed.

Which is why they get so upset about the “shell-fish argument” that they discard the kosher taboos of Leviticus 11, but exalt the cultic ones of Leviticus 18.

Göran's work is often tough going for me, but always well worth it.


Fred Schwartz said...

Rev. Göran Koch-Swahne

Good to see you around. I think we need you to constnatly clarify and refresh the memories of those who would mis-interpret the Bible, or more accurately, abuse the criptures for thier purposes instead of the purpose for which the original author intended.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

This mis-use is so sad, but they that mis-use have invested so much in it claiming it is Christian and Biblica. It isn't.

JCF said...

Speaking of "Greek meanings"---somebody ought help this guy, here in Michigan (he's going to need it):

Gay man sues publishers over Bible verses

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A gay man is suing two heavyweight Christian publishers, claiming their versions of the Bible that refer to homosexuality as a sin violate his constitutional rights and have caused him emotional pain and mental instability.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan, based in Cascade Township, and $10 million from Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Publishing ... Fowler's suit claims Zondervan's text revisions from a 1980s version of the Bible included, and then deleted, a reference to homosexuality in 1 Corinthians without informing the public of the changes.

(There are also more details---with a noxious rightwing slant---here: http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=1700)

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The Zondervan presents 3 versions: the 1970 is the KJV 1785 (from the Versio vulgata), the 1981 is the Roman (P Zerwick 1966) changes to the Codex Sinaiticus (not the offical Roman version) coming from the RSV 1947/1951 (homosexuals), and the 2000 the same with modernised language (no dated Modern Concepts ;=)

The 2nd, 7th, 10th Commandment words/Concepts as "translated" are, however, unrecognisable and very different from the one version to the other...

So, of course, it is a forgery.

But why does he want $60 billion? and why does the poor woman call him "a troglodyte"?