At 06:57 PM 06/02/02 -0600, TT Vandergraaf wrote:
>I may have remembered the statement correctly but may (inadvertently and
>incorrectly) have attributed it to a "Dooyeweerdian." At Calvin College,
>I took a course from H. Evan Runner but I can't recall if he was a
>Dooyeweerdian or a Vollenhovenian
>OK, so you say that most difficulties will disappear if we translate,
>whatever was translated as "soul," to "living being" or "becoming
>alive." Then, how does one read Rev 6:9-10 (NIV) "When he opened the
>fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain
>because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They
>called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true,
>until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"
Rev.6:9-10 refers back to the offers in the OT. In Lev. 17:6 the blood of
animals had to be thrown against the altar. The passage is further
important as it says that shedding blood of animals in the wrong place
should result in the person doing it to be cut off from his people. See
also verse 11of same chapter. Verse 12 even says in the KJV "No soul of
you shall eat blood." Verse 4 is interesting as well. In one of the
older translations it says as well, that blood has to be sprinkled against
the altar, because "blood that is the soul" . I cannot find it at this
late hour and do not remember if it is the KJV or the Dutch
Statenvertaling. The blood and the altar belong together in the OT
sacrifice, just as the blood of Jesus is important for our salvation. So,
the people that are killed in persecutions are sacrifices as well. Their
blood points to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross like the blood of bulls
did in the OT.
Please, be not too critical. This is written down after a church meeting
and before going to bed. My wife is already making noise, and i have to be
out of bed early.
Jan de K.
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