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  1. Ehav4Ever

    The Challenge of Translation / Especially of Ancient Texts

    Often when people only know a single language they take for granted what a translation and what it is not. One of the areas that I found this to be case in when it comes to ancient texts. The below video, I think, does a good job of discussing this challenge when it comes to ancient texts from...
  2. Ehav4Ever

    In Your Religion, Culture, Language, etc. - What is a God "Exactly?"

    A few simple questions. Please provide as much detail as possible. In your religion, what "exactly" is a god? (in the singular) In your culture what qualities allow something to be called a god? In your culture are there things that can't be called a god? If so, why? In your language what is...
  3. Ehav4Ever

    Questions about the Greek of the New Testament

    From what I understand, the oldest versions of the New Testament were written in a very well-educated Koine Greek. Starting with the Gospels and the book of Acts I have the following questions. According to Chritianity, is it claimed that the authors of the Gospels wrote the New Testament...
  4. Harel13

    Reading German

    There are few books in German that I'm interested in reading and it doesn't look like they'll be translated into English or Hebrew any time soon. I thought I might attempt to learn German to able to read them myself one day. At the moment, I'm not interested in learning to speak German, just to...
  5. Ehav4Ever

    Can a person truly understand a text if.........

    After having looked at a number of debates and discussions on this forum. I have noticed a interesting thing in a few of them that makes me ask the following questions. The following will involve questions about someone I will call "person X". Can person X really claim to know/understand a...
  6. N

    Science Communication

    What do you guys think about the state of science communication today? In my opinion, I think that things are being oversimplified. The science communicators seem to not realize that we have something in our pockets capable of looking up the terms that they're using. A great example of someone...
  7. TransmutingSoul

    Universal World Language

    A comment in another thread asked; "OK, let know the Baha'i people's success for establishment of the Universal auxiliary language, please." The response was that it was not the responsibility of just the Baha'i to implement a world auxiliary language, it is the responsibility of all people of...
  8. K

    Can anyone read Sanskrit?

    hello, I am new to the forum. I was hoping someone could help me decipher this script. Thank you! :)
  9. bubbleguppy

    Poll: Have you faced issues at your workplace or in the hiring process because of the way you speak?

    This is out of curiosity. I'm a linguistics major and I know there is a lot of language-based, accent-based, and speech impediment-based discrimination in the workplace across the globe. I'm interested in knowing if anyone would like to share any instances they have put up with or witnessed...
  10. Tonstad39

    What did Pali become?

    looking at the wikipedia page for Pali language among other resources, one thing is apparant. Pali is a dead language not spoken by any ethnic group and seems to only be used in sanghas and Buddhist teachers to understand texts written twenty-three hundred years ago. Why did people stop speaking...
  11. Onoma

    The Sumerian Priesthood

    Hi there Was wondering if anybody here can tell me anything about this obscure cuneiform the ePSD lists as a " color term " It seems to be something associated with the priesthood / rulership { ENship as per the mes of Enlil } Anything you may have to add regarding the usage of colors in...