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There is one significant problem in this saying of Jesus: he seems to say that the Hebrew Bible will remain intact until the end of the world. But what about some tiny scribal errors in the old Hebrew manuscripts? Was Jesus wrong? Isn’t this a Bible Contradiction?
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In the culture of Old Israel and the entire Middle East, people were deeply convinced of the enduring power of the once-spoken word. Words became true; that was the general feeling. So it was important to preserve the spoken word, in legal and in strictly personal matters. How did it work?
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Writing in daily life. In Chapter 3, verse 3 of the book of Proverbs we get an interesting metaphor: ‘write on the tablet of your heart’. The heart of the student is described as ‘a wax tablet’, and to write on it the words of the teacher. That's speedy writing, isn't it?
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Old Testament documentation formulas present a new concept of biblical truth: the reality of documentation behind the Scriptures. They are not only spiritual and informing; we are able to understand that we are dealing with correct writings. Indeed, this is a precious addition for our understanding of the Bible and it's truth.
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There are a lot of Documentation Formulas scattered all over the Old Testament referring to the work of speedy writers in the prophetical culture of Old Israel. Documentation formulas are really up for grabs. They provide a massive testimony supporting documentation instead of an oral tradition behind the Hebrew Bible.
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The theologians of the twentieth century, who shifted ‘en masse’ to the new view that Jesus spoke Aramaic, seemed to have forgotten the implication that according to this opinion the New Testament doesn’t really contain the original words of Jesus.
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The question must be: What rules did Jesus' writers explore in presenting the spoken word of Jesus and his interlocutors? Without claiming to address all the aspects of this issue here, I would like to give three main rules followed by Jesus’ stenographers.
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This is an important testimony from Plutarch (ca. 46-120 AD) about the beginning of stenography in the Greco-Roman culture. It is the oldest documented case of shorthand writing: the verbatim recording of the oration of Cato the Younger against Catilina and his conspirators. The oration was held on the 5th of December in the year 63 BC, before the Roman senate.
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Hebrews 2:3-4 is a terribly translated passage throughout history. Reason: one didn’t understand the context of it and the sad part of it was that a wrong translation survived historically. If one translates the basic Greek words into basic English, without the conventional additions which are lacking in the Greek text, we get an inevitable testimony of stenography, as that was the way of speedy writing in Jesus’ time.
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In the prologue of his first letter, John speaks about the responsibilities of the apostles of whom he was a member. In the first two verses of the prologue he relates the impression which Jesus made on them being his disciples. In the last verses he gives an overview of the work of them – including their writing activities - that resulted from their experience with Jesus.
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