Friday, May 13, 2005
Wow, Tim - that's is a neat project. I listened to it and felt like it had to be close to the original experience in some ways. Good for you, for putting that together. I hope your project goes well for you!
I don't have any particular denominational education, but I have read the Bible a little, and something puzzles me: Acts chapter 2 having been written in Greek, why would you read it on Pentecost in Hebrew?
R E Ramcharan - this is a good question, and I'm glad someone asked. On Pentecost, as you know, the Holy Spirit came down and everyone heard Peter's sermon in their own language (xenoglossia). As a way to commemorate that event, my congregation, as well as many others, have people who can read languages other than the dominant language do the Acts 2 reading in those languages. Since I am familiar with Hebrew, that is the reading I will attempt to pull off today. The other languages being read at my congregation today are spanish, french, russian, and greek. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!
Even more to R E Ramcharan's point, the people talking to each other -- right before bursting out into different languages -- were speaking Aramaic about scriptures written in Hebrew. Go figure.