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Message 37 of 231 (327270)
06-28-2006 4:43 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by jar
06-28-2006 10:53 AM


gopher wood
It was made of Gopherwood. Unfortunately no one knows what Gopherwood is.

genesis 6 says it was made of עֲצֵי-גֹפֶר (etsi-gofer) or "gofer wood." most of the rest of the verse describes how noah is to cover the wood with pitch, or כֹּפֶר (kofer). גֹפֶר is probably a scribal error for כֹּפֶר. if you don't make the horizontal parts of a kaf long enough, it looks a little like a gimel.

כ turns into ג


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Message 42 of 231 (327281)
06-28-2006 5:48 PM
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06-28-2006 5:39 PM


Re: gopher wood
interesting. Are you saying that you think it likely that "gofer" is a misreading of bad handwriting and that the original said it was to be made of "pitch wood" meaning I suppose wood with a lot of pitch in it?

pitched wood, yes. it's a somewhat common explanation, actually. i'd like to see the inerrentists come up with something better. :D


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Message 204 of 231 (331283)
07-12-2006 7:26 PM
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07-12-2006 7:07 PM


i'm staying off your bridges
Amazing how little math you need in engineering when you know what your doing.

Its hard to believe isn't it?

no, it's not.

my father teaches mathematics at a state university. the phrase "engineering major" has almost become synonymous with "bad at math" at this point. guess who always fails his calc class?

these are the same clowns that send a probe to mars and miss because they don't convert their units.


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