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Sybil maitland April 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

The word of God is strong and mighty and must not be compromised

A G Foster March 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Here is a transliteration of the Syriac of 1Cor 16:22: “man delo rohem leMoran Yeshu’a Meshiho nehweh harem. Moran etho.”

Translated: “Whoever does not love our Lord Jesus Christ shall be cursed. Our Lord cometh.”

The first sentence was preserved as delivered–in Greek; the next was delivered and preserved in the Aramaic. ‘Anathema’ is Greek; ‘Maranatha’ is Aramaic. There is no need to bring any other language into the discussion. The apparent wordplay between ‘rohem’ and ‘harem’ may be accidental: Greek names predominated among Corinthian Jews to the near exclusion of linguistically Semitic names, and while evidently Paul’s audience was expected to understand ‘Maranatha,’ there is little reason to suppose he otherwise preached in Aramaic at Corinth. –AGF





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