when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires
Sometimes I judge people by how much of The Princess Bride they can quote.
fun fact At my cousin’s wedding ceremony, his brother recited this to them as the best man speech and everyone started laughing and i think the bride started to cry
If this is not recited at some point during my wedding I will be greatly disappointed.
Dude, my first dance is going to be the song that plays over the credits, Storybook Love.
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
"When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic…"
Now, I’m not scholar, and I know that Aramaic and Hebrew are related, but wouldn’t Isaiah have been written down in Hebrew? Or some form of proto-Hebrew? I dunno, just thinking.
Also, the text says that it was later Christian translators who took the Hebrew work for “young woman/maiden” to mean “virgin.” Well, this is where it can get tricky, but not a small amount of the Old Testament quoted in the New Testament by various writers was actually the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Using Isaiah 7:14, since that may be the most likely place to find the English translation of “virgin” with regards to a Messianic prophecy, it reads in the ESV: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son…” The RSV does say “young woman,” but English translations are fraught with different philosophies and theological preconceptions, so let’s go back to the Greek and the Hebrew, ok?
The Hebrew word (according to the Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia, which is based on the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Masoretic text of the Hebrew Scriptures) that the ESV translates into “virgin” is עַלְמָה. This word is used 9 times in the Old Testament; the ESV translates it 6 times as “virgin,” twice as the proper noun Alamoth, which is used in 1 Chronicles and Psalms as a musical term, and once in Exodus as “girl.” But as I said, the English can be problematic, so we shall move on to what the Greek says in the New Testament and in the Septuagint.
The Gospel of St Matthew 1:23 cites Isaiah 7:14 and uses the word παρθένος. In the New Testament this word is used 15 times, 10 times as “virgin,” 6 times as “betrothed,” 1 time as “unmarried.” (again, in the ESV).
But what does the Septuagint use to translate עַלְמָה? It uses παρθένος to translate Isaiah 7:14. and παρθένος more often than not, in the Old and New Testament is translated as virgin.
There are other words in the Old Testament used to mean “virgin” or “unmarried girl,” but no words are used exclusively to mean “virgin,” so pointing out that it has no connotations of sexual chastity seems disingenuous, because it seems like the words used most often in the Hebrew do have that connotation, or could have that connotation. Just think about it logically, though: in a culture where sex was forbidden until marriage, wouldn’t a young unmarried woman be assumed to be a virgin?
Also, in Luke 1:34, Mary tells the angel Gabriel that she has not known a man. That is popularly translated into “virgin.”
I won’t argue that word necessarily means one thing, or only one thing, or that the definition couldn’t have changed over time, just that in this context, at that point in time, translating the original language words as “virgin” is more than acceptable.
I could go on about other topics, but I won’t, except to say that the idea of Mary being a literal virgin is not due to later translators or to chauvinistic bishops, but it was there from the beginning in the Gospels at the latest.
So I guess I’m going running at 6am…
this is my rep and I approve
you should definitely marry me because when the sauce I was making from random ingredients I had started to become more of a gravy I was able to quickly fix it without freaking out at all
Is that the Holy Spirit?
Or did the beat just drop?
I cannot stop laughing about this.
I pulled tilapia out of the freezer for dinner tonight and I don’t think I actually have anything that goes well with it to make as a side
i am 22 years old and have been mainly living away from home for four years and two of those have been in an apartment when does this stop happening
"Blame white furries" I’m screaming this is literally me
save black people who aren’t me… honestly what kind of teriyaki teas
Down with white children???
freedom from black assault rifles
DOWN WITH BLACK MARIJUANA!
FEDORAS FOR WHITE DOLPHINS
Christians For Black Video Games
Legalization of the eating of bronies. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t follow that.
Access to white people who aren’t me…
Christian’s for male Americans. Oh,
Moms against wealthy video games
Moms against protection of racism.
Mom’s Against White Children
- 15-year-old me: MOM I'm practically an ADULT ugggh you never let me do ANYTHING in olden times i could get MARRIED *eye roll into another dimension*
- me now: for my birthday i want food and to stay on your health insurance
next time someone gives me crap about my hometown I’m just gonna be like
"ok yeah but does your rep to the house of representatives have as bamf of a background as mine?"
the 7th harry potter book was released july 21st 2007 that is exactly 7 years ago today
today’s the day to make a horcrux y’all
I really super need to go to the store but people
also I wanted to go to target and then I remembered that they don’t really have an automotive section and I need a tire pressure gauge
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