Are you a Christian whose manhood was taken? It’s unclear what this means to your afterlife.
We can’t blame this contradiction on Jesus changing things because Deuteronomy is contradicted in Isaiah 56:3-5 as well as the aforementioned Matthew.
The contradiction might be explained by errors in translation. The same hebrew word for Eunuch also translates into slave, which would make the verse in Deuteronomy nothing more than bigotry against the lowest class. At best we can say it’s a glaring contradiction. At worst it’s basically racism. It could very likely be both (I mean they did choose a word with two meanings; maybe ‘Eunuch’ and ‘slave’ were synonymous). Unfortunately, we’ll never know because everyone who wrote the bible is dead.
Hey Rayan, been awhile since I’ve been able to put together videos, but I have been finding my time a bit more free and thinking about continuing the apologetic. I was wondering if you could help me out with something though, you said “The contradiction might be explained by errors in translation. The same Hebrew word for Eunuch also translates into slave, which would make the verse in Deuteronomy nothing more than bigotry against the lowest class.” Which Hebrew word is this your speaking of. The word for slave, (though I am not scholar of the Hebrew language, I’d say the obvious fact it is only translated as slave in newer translations when even in these new translations is translated what I find is proper is servant is the Hebrew word ) which is 5650. ebed.
Are you talking about the Hebrew word 5631. saris which means Eunuch? But in this case this word doesn’t always mean someone who was mutilated, but it doesn’t mean slave/servant either, and is closer to literally bed-keeper or chamberlain. Also, neither ebed or saris is used in your selected Deuteronomy 23:1 verse, but the verse says what it says and means what it says, “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.” Pretty straight forward.
But before I jump in to make a video on this one, I was wondering if you could let me know which word you were speaking of that has this duel slave / eunuch (manhood cut off, as we understand in English) duel meaning.
Take it easy for now man.
Hey Rayan, I know your a busy guy, and I promise I am not trying to lure you into a public debate, if you feel better just e-mailing me the word, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to make this video but before I do, I would like to know which Hebrew word you were speaking off. If you find the time to hit me up with that word, I’d appreciate it. Take it easy for now man.
Or if anyone else knows what word he was referring to, post it here or e-mail me, either way, because I can’t find the Eunuch/Slave word.
Hmm. Good question. I don’t recall. Let me get back to you when I have some free time. Keep reminding me.
Here’s a weekly friendly reminder 😛 Still unsure what the word is exactly. I’ll keep holding, I don’t want to misquote ya. Just hit me up with that word when you find it. Take it easy man.
Also, what have you thought of the first 15 videos. Any of them change you mind on their “contradiction”? I’ve had a few, even atheist write in and say it has cleared up some confusion, or at least gave them a different angle of thinking on the subject. I hear ya on the busy thing. I haven’t made a video in months. >_<
Sorry for the late reply. I’m having difficulty remembering why I said that. It might have come from a book I was reading at the time, but if so I should have cited it. I apologize for not being able to support this.
Not a problem Rayan, I’ll just make note of that in the contradiction video. Ya from what I can tell there is no such word, but I am not exactly a Hebrew scholar so. We are all students, and seekers of truth. All good, just didn’t want to make the video without clarifying that point first.
So what have you thought about the first 15? Have any of those changed your mind about any of these supposed contradictions? I know some may sound a bit of a stretch, but I think they’ve been explained fairly well. Any ways, take it easy for now man.
#16 is finally published… hope it helps to clarify things.