the choice of technologies. We could have received
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—
we seek out some Aaron to re-cast
the golden idol of inerrancy,
it up and worship it amongst
the anachronistic stones of
Missing Hebrew vowels. The original Old Testament Hebrew texts do not include vowels, sometimes rendering their sense obscure or ambiguous.
doubtful readings In a significant number of OT passages scholars are unable to agree with any certainty on the meaning of one of more words, or the apparent meaning does not seem to make sense in the context, or letters have “dropped out” in transcription and the original meaning(s) have to be reconstructed. These are indicated by footnotes in many Bibles eg Leviticus 25:33, Numbers 12:6, 1 Samuel 17:12, Job 41:11, Psalms 58:9 etc.
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.