God had the choice of technologies. We could
the perfect, unambiguous written Word,
missing Hebrew vowels or doubtful
readings, no variant manuscripts, disputed authorship—
letters clearly signed by Paul or John
(or maybe Barnabas)—translated into
language, with second copies placed
in safe deposit in case of accidents:
way he has given us his commandments
without tripping us up at the first—
should we seek out some Aaron to re-cast
the golden idol of inerrancy,
set it up and worship it amongst
the anachronistic stones of Jericho and Ai?
original Old Testament
Hebrew texts do not include vowels, sometimes rendering their sense
significant number of OT
passages scholars are unable to agree with any certainty on the meaning
of more words, or the apparent meaning does not seem to make sense in
context, or letters have “dropped out” in transcription and
meaning(s) have to be reconstructed. These are indicated by footnotes
Bibles eg Leviticus 25:33, Numbers 12:6, 1 Samuel 17:12, Job 41:11,
The first [commandment] “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
golden idol cf Exodus 32, the story of Aaron and the golden calf.