Friday, January 25, 2019


The Midpoint

Bleddyn J. Roberts, "The Old Testament: Manuscripts, Text and Versions," in G.W.H. Lampe, ed., The Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol. 2: The West from the Fathers to the Reformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969), pp. 1-26 (at 6):
Thus, the scribes reckoned every letter of the Torah, established that the middle consonant in the Torah was in Lev. xi.42, the middle word in Lev. x.16, the middle verse Lev. xiii.33. The middle of the Psalter was Ps. 78:38.
According to 2 Timothy 3.16, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," so it must be my spiritual blindness that prevents me from seeing the profit in that middle verse, Leviticus 13.33:
He shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up him that hath the scall seven days more.
Scall = "A scaly or scabby disease of the skin, esp. of the scalp" (Oxford English Dictionary).

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