quote:Originally posted by ntellect:
This is from one of the many versions of the bible, the New King James
"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[a] write,˜These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Notice this scripture doesn't appear to be a prayer and the mention of the word Amen is not ending a prayer. It "appears" to be talking about a group of individuals named the "Amen" watched the creation of GOD, G-Gomer, O-Oz, D-Dabar, Strength, Wisdom and Beauty of man.
Now can we name any other verse in the Bible where this seems to be the case?
That's granting that you're correct about the verse in Revelation. A book which was written in the 1st century AD (centuries after the bulk of the Old Testament) - probably one of the very last books of the Bible to be written. So even if you're correct about this one verse you still haven't accounted for the Biblical origin. The best you've maybe established is that the writer of Revelation was alluding to the Egyptian deity. But how do you justify this reading retroactively on the entire Bible based on one verse in the very last book of the Bible to be written (which is also the most controversial and most difficult to interpret by the way)?? Given that the Bible as a whole was written over a period of more than 1000 years?
Folks, all of this is extremely sloppy scholarship. In fact, as far as I can see, it's mostly wishful thinking.... We're confusing mythology with history.... On several different levels...
And I still haven't figured out: What purpose does it serve?
PS: The word "GOD" is the translation and is not to be found in the original language.