You can now read about linguistic dating of biblical texts over at Bible and Interpretation here. Well worth a read because it calls into question many of the assumptions frequently made about dating texts…
I just felt compelled to make some pedantic observations.
most movies are 3D
All the old movies, including black and white ones, were 3D. On the other hand, movies in which you are required to wear special spectacles are 4D, not 3D. They record three spatial dimensions and one temporal dimension. The “old” movies displayed in two spatial dimensions and one temporal dimension, hence they were 3D.
“Smart” quotes and the single apostrophe problem:
Apostrophes are used to abbreviate. Apostrophes, when not written as small vertical marks, should appear with the concave side to the left, no matter whether they are at the beginning of a word or at the end. Unfortunately, programs like Microsoft Word, when they implement what they call “smart quotes” exhibit their utter failure at being smart when it comes to the use of apostrophes. Consequently we all-too-often will see abbreviations as follows:
‘10 for 2010
Of course it should be:
’10 for 2010
This mistake happens just about everywhere. Take a stand!
Noticed an interesting article about using computer software to decipher an ancient language, in this case Ugaritic. The article is here. There are, of course, a few caveats which are worthy of note. Ugaritic was chosen because it is well understood so the computer’s results could be checked. Furthermore, it only works if a series of rather special prerequisites are met: the unknown language must be a reasonably close cognate with a known language, its writing must map onto that of the known language, and others. It also looks as though it only works for alphabetic scripts.
Still, perhaps Google will provide a Ugaritic language option soon!
A shame that the entry I’d like to post has already been created by another, as you can see here where the late Ronnie Barker interprets hieroglyphics:
Job, we are told in the opening verses of the book which bears his name, was תם וישר וירא אלהים וסר מרע — “blameless and just, fearing God.” Much of the point of the book rests upon the veracity of this assertion. Job did not deserve to suffer as he did.
David Clines claims that this presents a somewhat difficult conundrum to Christian readers of the book. I’ll let him explain: