Mark 16 in Amharic
Comments on this chapter: While a major controversy rages about the authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 it is interesting that the Christian church's oldest and largest Bible (which is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's Bible and has 88 books in it) has the disputed texts. No one can know for sure, but I would surmise that shorter readings of Mark 16 exist simply because the end of a manuscript broke off and, therefore, the longer readings are ligitimate, but the short reading is because of damage and the longer reading is not forged.
1 ሰንበትም ካለፈ በኋላ መግደላዊት ማርያም የያዕቆብም እናት ማርያም ሰሎሜም መጥተው ሊቀቡት ሽቱ ገዙ።
2 ከሳምንቱም በፊተኛው ቀን እጅግ በማለዳ ፀሐይ ከወጣ በኋላ ወደ መቃብር መጡ።
3 እርስ በርሳቸውም። ድንጋዩን ከመቃብር ደጃፍ ማን ያንከባልልልናል? ይባባሉ ነበር፤
4 ድንጋዩ እጅግ ትልቅ ነበርና፤ አሻቅበውም አይተው ድንጋዩ ተንከባሎ እንደ ነበር ተመለከቱ።
5 ወደ መቃብሩም ገብተው ነጭ ልብስ የተጎናጸፈ ጎልማሳ በቀኝ በኩል ተቀምጦ አዩና ደነገጡ።
6 እርሱ ግን። አትደንግጡ፤ የተሰቀለውን የናዝሬቱን ኢየሱስን ትፈልጋላችሁ፤ ተነሥቶአል፥ በዚህ የለም፤ እነሆ እርሱን ያኖሩበት ስፍራ።
It is a Mistake to Think the Focus of
the Problem is Not the Heart
There are a number of Christians who feel they have a interest and a calling to answer the claims of Israel Only savants. Efforts are being made and encouragement given to come up with answers that are offensive rather than defensive. In my opinion it does not matter whether or not the approach is offensive or defensive. I believe it has to be recognized that their issue is not about Israel, but they have a sinful and hard heart which they are being dilettantes—a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge—or, in other words, they are amateurs, but that is the least of their problems!
With all due respect, I do not believe that having a better offensive against them will actually work at all. What I do believe is they should be approached with the sword of the Word of God as if they were just sinners in need of being slain (i.e., convicted) by the Spirit of Almighty God. I am of the opinion that a horizontal approach to these people will be less effective than a verticle relationship (between you and God about them).
Is There An Overlooked Græco-Judæan Military Ethos Originating in Sparta?
by Mark Mountjoy
It is amazing how fresh studies and review of ancient sources keeps revealing more and more information about the Biblical past and how, through continuous research, a more detailed picture of the newly founded second century B.C. Jewish state becomes clearer and clearer. While digging into Jewish antiquities to understand the rule and deeds of Jonathan Apphus, I ran across some comments in Josephus where Jonathan alleges to the Spartans that the Jews and the Spartans are of the same race through Abraham.1 When I read the pericope of Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews 13.5.8:163-168 I was surprised and stopped in my tracks!
In the epistle Jonathan notifies the Spartans that, because of envy the Jews have been compassed about with many wars by reason of the covetousness of Judea's neighbors, but now they have overcome them and have this occassion to renew their pledge of allegiance, kinship and mutual assistance. But the question that immediately presents itself is: How on earth are Jews related to Spartans and where is that information to be found in the "sacred writings"?
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