Sorry I've been absent from the thread for a while. My house is a mess and I have company coming over tomorrow, so I may be in and out a bit.
|Do you believe the Bible is the only knowledge one needs?
Depends on what you mean by needs. Is it the only knowledge I need to be saved? Yes. Is it the only knowledge I need to function in this world? No.
For instance, according to the Bible the wisest man who ever lived was Solomon. He had extensive knowledge of politics, psychology, botany, the works. (His life is chronicled in 1 Kings if anyone is interested in reading.)
|Do you know anything about what the word was originally, that was translated as "subdue"? That would seem to me to be the best way to figure out the original intent...
I love a good word study. The word subdue is the Hebrew word kabash. It means to bring into bondage and tread with the feet. I think it means that humans were to move into all the world and use it (responsibly of course) to meet their needs.
The world rule over is also translated dominion and is radah in Hebrew and has almost the identical meaning to subdue but just means to tread, not necessarily with the feet. This word is used when talking about animals and plants rather than the ground, so it makes sense that this word was used rather than kabash again and in my opinion means essentially the same thing - they are here for you to use.
There was a recent thread that went into a huge discussion on this that you would have to search for to get some different opinions on it. That is very far from accepted fact and I would suggest you also continue to look into the validity of it.
And if you are saying that Christianity is based on Judaism, well of course of it is. For Christians, Jesus was the Messiah that was promised to the Jews.
|"Steve Falkenberg, professor of religious psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, says, "I've never met anyone who actually believes the Bible is literally true. I know a bunch of people who say they believe the Bible is literally true but nobody is actually a literalist. Taken literally, the Bible says the earth is flat and setting on pillars and cannot move (Ps 93:1, Ps 96:10, 1 Sam 2:8, Job 9:6). It says that great sea monsters are set to guard the edge of the sea (Job 41, Ps 104:26)..." "
I think you are confusing the idea of reading the Bible literally and reading it using exegesis (a critical explanation and interpretation). Most Christians when they say they believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible would be more correct to say they believe it should be read exegetically. For instance, if I said, "It's raining cats and dogs," and you were to interpret that literally, you would be looking for cats and dogs out your window. But if you read that phrase exegetically, you would realize that it is a phrase used at this time in history to mean that it is raining extremely hard. So to read Psalm 93:1 for instance and say that because I read the Bible literally, I must think that the earth doesn't literally move is ridiculous. You must look at what is meant by the phrase, "the world is firmly established; it cannot be moved." If I were to read the Bible literally in the sense you are referring to, I would be wondering why Jesus isn't literally a vine ("I am the Vine and you are the branches").
|Some however argue that the references to a cedar-like tail refer to bristles resembling the cedar's needle-like leaves which are present on the tails of elephants and hippopotamoi
But it doesn't say it looks like a cedar, but sways like a cedar and any other time cedar is referred to in the OT it is used to represent strength and stability. The word tail is zanab and can be translated to tail, end, or stump. There are other times the Bible refers to a penis, but never using the same Hebrew word as is used here.
Also, it says that the behemouth cannot be captured or trapped. Clearly, elephants can be caught.