Comparing MT Jeremiah and LXX Jeremiah

In class, we discussed that the Septuagint (=LXX) version of Jeremiah is shorter than the Masoretic text (=MT).  Read below the text of Jeremiah 10:1-11 as it appears in the LXX versus how it appears in the MT.  Do the additions make a significant difference?  If so, what difference do they make:

LXX

10 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

2 Thus says the Lord:
Do not learn the way of the nations,
or be dismayed at the signs of the heavens;
for the nations are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are false:
a tree from the forest is cut down,
and worked with an ax by the hands of an artisan;
4 people deck it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
5 Their idols​a​ are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
nor is it in them to do good.
9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz.
They are the work of the artisan and of the hands of the goldsmith;
their clothing is blue and purple;
they are all the product of skilled workers.

*vs. 11 is found in the LXX but may also be a later addition

MT

10 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord:
Do not learn the way of the nations,
or be dismayed at the signs of the heavens;
for the nations are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are false:
a tree from the forest is cut down,
and worked with an ax by the hands of an artisan;
4 people deck it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
5 Their idols​a​ are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
nor is it in them to do good.
6 There is none like you, O Lord;
you are great, and your name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
For that is your due;
among all the wise ones of the nations
and in all their kingdoms
there is no one like you.
8 They are both stupid and foolish;
the instruction given by idols
is no better than wood!​​
9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz.
They are the work of the artisan and of the hands of the goldsmith;
their clothing is blue and purple;
they are all the product of skilled workers.
10 But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
and the nations cannot endure his indignation.
11 Thus shall you say to them: The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.

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Modern day prophets

In class we discussed the definition and roles of prophets.  Considering the characteristics of prophets that we talked about, do you believe that there are modern day prophets?  Can you think of an example of one?

Also, the prophets in ancient times were severely persecuted.  People sometimes probably thought that they were crazy.  How would we as a society treat a prophet if he or she lived in our own time?

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No blog discussion this week

I’m getting everything together for mid-term grades this week.  So, we will not have blog discussion; however, you can use this week to catch up on blog discussions from past weeks, though if you’ve missed too many you will not get full credit for them all.

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Strangest Levitical law

Take a few minutes to read through some of the laws in either Leviticus 11-15 or 17-26.  Is there any law that seems the strangest to you?  Now, try to put yourself in the sandals of Ancient Israelite.  Why do you think that particular law was required for the people of that time?

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The exodus and modern movements

In class on Monday, we talked about the Exodus as a paradigmatic narrative that has been used in a variety of ways both in the Biblical texts and subsequent history.  How valid do you think it for modern movements to use this text as a motif?  Is it possible to invoke the motif of the Exodus without also invoking that of Conquest?

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Prezi 2

Sorry for the lateness of this, but this Prezi was not up.  We did, however, cover this material in the review for the test on Wednesday.  Perhaps it will still be useful to someone scrolling through at the last moment.

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Prezi on Genesis

HERE is a link to the Prezi on Genesis which we will finish in today’s class.

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