IS THE BIBLE AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY?
A scholarly response on what the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible says concerning LGBTI people.
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"... and Shaul fathered Yehonathan and Malchi-Shua and Avinadav (Aḅinadaḅ) and Esh-Baal." (1 Chron. 8:33; 9:39 Hebrew Text).
"... and Shaul fathered Yonathan and Malchi-Shua and Yishwi (Ishui) and Esh-Bashol." (1 Chron. 8:33; 9:39 Aramaic Text).
You will notice that the name of Shaul's (Saul's) third son is different and unrecognizable phonetically and in writing in the Aramaic text versus the Hebrew text. So why would a translator translate Avinadav as Yishwi? The reason is because Avinadav is also called Yishwi (Ishui - KJV) at 1 Samuel 14:49 and the Aramaic translator wanted to continue translating Shaul's third son by this name irrespective of what the Hebrew text says. This translation tradition is what Paul may have had in mind when he said to "... avoid a foolish dispute (debate) and narrations of genealogies ..." (Titus 3:9).
Is the Bible Against Homosexuality? by Preacher Mattai © 2016.