Mistranslated verse in St Paul actually seems to condemn abortionists

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  1. Ananias

    Ananias Well-Known Member Anglican

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    Eeeeh -- "invented" is a strong word. Alexander imposed Greek culture on his empire, and his language came along with it.

    Koine evolved from Attic during the epoch of Alexandrian Greek influence. It changed, as all languages do, with continued contact with regional languages. It was simplified and incorporated lots of loan words and neologisms. For a long time scholars called Koine the "Holy Ghost language" because the New Testament seemed to be the only documents from antiquity that used this dialect, but archaeological discoveries over the past century (e.g., in Oxyrhynchus in Egypt) show that Koine was just the common, everyday dialect of Greek as spoken in the classical world at that time. Some authors would deliberately revert to Attic for a more highfalutin tone (much as modern writers might mimic Elizabethan or Victorian English), but Koine was the language of commerce, of scholarship, of finance, and even everyday speech in many places. And it was very long-lived as dialects go - from its development in the 300's BC all the way to 400AD or so when the language changed to medieval (Byzantine) Greek.
     
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    Today I came across a couple of references worth reproducing. First, from Athenagoras' Plea for the Christians (late 2nd Century):
    And when we say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion, on what principle should we commit murder? For it does not belong to the same person to regard the very foetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God's care, and when it has passed into life, to kill it; and not to expose an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, and on the other hand, when it has been reared to destroy it. But we are in all things always alike and the same, submitting ourselves to reason, and not ruling over it.​
    Note: Christians were being accused of many heinous things, including murder, and Athenagoras wrote this plea in their defense. He was saying:
    * Christians cherish the unborn child as a created being, and
    * Christians cherish the infant and oppose the practice of letting it die of exposure, so
    * how could you think that Christians would not also cherish the life of any human?
    * And therefore how could you think that Christians make a practice of murdering people?
    He also mentioned the use of drugs (in that day & age) to induce abortion, and the Christian belief that the practice was murder.
    A resolution adopted by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation of America at their Nov. 1974 Convention states the following:
    Judaism regards all life--including fetal life--as inviolate. Abortion is not a private matter between a woman and her physician. It infringes upon the most fundamental right of a third party--that of the unborn child.
    The concern with which Jewish tradition views the destruction of a fetus is reflected in the provisions of the Noachidic code. Judaism teaches that abortion for the sons of Noah is a capital crime. The Talmud renders Genesis 9:6 as, "He who sheds the blood of a man within a man, his blood shall be shed." "Who is a man within a man?", queries the Talmud. "This is a fetus in its mother's womb."
    For Jews, fetal life is inviolate unless continuation of pregnancy poses a serious threat to the life of the mother...​
     
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