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Old 02-07-2007, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Maine
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It was written by one of several scholars interested in "decoding" the bible--that's all I remember.
In order to "decode" something, one must assume that it was "coded" in the first place.

When it comes to the Bible, I don't buy it. It isn't coded. The Bible is pretty straightforward in fact. I've read some of those "decoding" articles myself, and I have yet to find one where I didn't come away convinced that the author was reading his own agenda into the Bible.

The Bible is not alone in being misused that way. English "scholars" (and I used the term loosely) have been doing the same thing to Shakespeare for ages. And thanks to Dan Brown, there are now all sorts of nuts reading every kind of "hidden meaning" into anything DaVinci ever scribbled.

 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I suppose we are all entitled to our opinions. Will you permit me to have mine: I don't take the bible at face value, although I might take Shakespeare at his word!

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In order to "decode" something, one must assume that it was "coded" in the first place.

When it comes to the Bible, I don't buy it. It isn't coded. The Bible is pretty straightforward in fact. I've read some of those "decoding" articles myself, and I have yet to find one where I didn't come away convinced that the author was reading his own agenda into the Bible.

The Bible is not alone in being misused that way. English "scholars" (and I used the term loosely) have been doing the same thing to Shakespeare for ages. And thanks to Dan Brown, there are now all sorts of nuts reading every kind of "hidden meaning" into anything DaVinci ever scribbled.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The bible is full of riddles, parables and anecdotes...and thou, hence, thusly, yea, smite, etc...language that is difficult to understand and worded in a way that is confusing. Sounds like code to me!
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:21 AM
 
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The bible is full of riddles, parables and anecdotes...and thou, hence, thusly, yea, smite, etc...language that is difficult to understand and worded in a way that is confusing. Sounds like code to me!
That isn't code. That's translating one language to another. There's a difference between language translation and code. Different concepts. Code is intended to be secret, purposefully hiding its meaning. Using the Bible as code was a gnostic concept that the Bible itself refutes. Check out the epistiles of St. John.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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What the hell is an epistle? More code...
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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What the hell is an epistle? More code...
Pick up a dictionary. Lack of vocabulary doesn't constitute a code.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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Epistle - ancient Roman structure in which to relieve thyself. (see vomitoriam)
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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Lack of a sense of humor doesn't constitute intelligence.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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We might also want to check out the scholars here as well for the centuries devoted to decoding the bible:

http://www.kabbalah.com/12.php (broken link)

Are you claiming that the New Testament outshines the Old?

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That isn't code. That's translating one language to another. There's a difference between language translation and code. Different concepts. Code is intended to be secret, purposefully hiding its meaning. Using the Bible as code was a gnostic concept that the Bible itself refutes. Check out the epistiles of St. John.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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We might also want to check out the scholars here as well for the centuries devoted to decoding the bible:

http://www.kabbalah.com/12.php (broken link)
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but anyone who believes Kabbalah isn't a "scholar" in my mind. Kabbalahists have taken all the beautiful elements of Judaic scholarship and gone off to La La Land. Kabbalahists are to Judaism what gnostics and Merovingian afficionados are to Christianity.


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Are you claiming that the New Testament outshines the Old?
Outshines? No. Not at all.
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