or at least punctuation

Hey, friends: I’m going to be writing some sort of essay-esque thing for Femslash Revolution’s “I Am Femslash” event next month—whoever threw my name in their hat, thank you!—and instead of preemptively choosing something femslash-related to natter about, I’d much prefer to address something, or some things, that you good people who’ve read my stuff would be interested in. Anything femslash/fanfiction-adjacent is, I think, fair game, so come at me with thoughts/suggestions via Asks (anon is totally fine), messages, responses to this post, whatever. I’m on Twitter, too. Femslash Revolution’s admin, Lulu, offered such ideas as “what femslash means to you, what advice you would give to someone starting out, or how you would like to see the community grow in future.” Everybody probably already knows that the advice I’d give to someone starting out in any kind of writing, femslash or otherwise, is along the lines of “make sure to punctuate correctly”… so you can see that I need some more-provocative topics to think on!

Hope everybody here in the U.S. is having an engaged MLK Day.

anonymous asked:

Ancient Hebrew writing (at least in the Bible) used no vowels or punctuation, which means there is an incredible range of credible and valid interpretations of it. My Theology class did an activity on an sample sentence, and you could get entirely opposite meanings out of it, with either one being just as supported. That's one of the reasons we have to be careful in claiming to know precisely what was meant at the time, because we simply cannot know with absolute certainty.

You make a compelling case, and I absolutely believe we need to be extremely discerning about how we present the Bible. Where I disagree is in your point that we cannot know what was meant.

1.) The Bible was not solely written in Hebrew. Aramaic was present in the text, and we have early Greek translations as well. Though largely written in Hebrew, the Bible isn’t wholly dependent on one language.

2.) This was how they communicated on a daily basis. Especially when you get into the New Testament and consider that these were actual letters to people, you must remember this was something that they were used to communicating effectively with. It was EXTREMELY important that the authors of the Bible accurately convey the word of God to the people - as it is now. Therefore they took great care in the deliberation of the text and the words used, making sure their message was received as they intended it to be.

3.) There were already a loose form of breaks and spacing for the text to give slight context, but in a relatively short amount of time after Jesus’ ascension they began implementing a system with vowels and punctuation.

4.) We still have ancient manuscripts of the Bible, this is a book that has been scrutinized like no other and yet has proven itself to be the most historically accurate text and the most accurately preserved content through copies and translations.

5.) Words, verses, are not taken by themselves. We place them in the context of the passage and the rest of the Bible. It’s easy to misconstrue things when you’re not looking at the whole picture. That’s why God tells us not to take away from scripture - because it is ALL important to understanding who God is and what He says.

6.) I believe that God is more powerful than the language of men. I believe that God, possessing all foreknowledge, knew the course the Bible would take and chose the best way to ensure that the Bible remained as He dictated it to the men who wrote it, and I believe that He has given us everything we need to understand Him. God is a God of absolute truths, which means the Bible isn’t subject to personal interpretation. There is an answer, and sometimes it’s not that easy to figure out (as with parts of Revelation), but I believe that God gives us everything we need to know. He is a God of clarity, and this He promises: “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

I believe that that which is vital to salvation and godly living, God will always help us to understand.

( @rolkientolkien this seems right up your alley. I’ll let you make sure I’ve got my facts straight here)

imagine-hamilsquad  asked:

You missed punctuation? At least its not like the world will end! I wanna see that anon do better. (which they can't because you are already awesome ;;;)

I even went through the fic the anon was talking about and couldn’t find where my mistake was and had a friend do the same. I think the biggest thing for me was the way they put it. It felt like I was being talked down to and made me question myself.


23 February somehow, revising accounting notes has become a calming activity??? who knew. The course I took was ten kinds of awful (ngl, it is hard to make governmental accounting exciting, but you could at least write the course in a way that uses punctuation every fifteen words, and provides definitions that don’t require a dictionary). And some of my original notes inherited that crap. But a special shoutout to gasb.org for having accessible and readable resources! (I love my new Tombow Coat highlighters)