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sermonette: Perfect In His Generations

Understanding Genesis 6:9

Given 18-Dec-04; Sermon #697s; 16 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, observing the tendency of words in the language over time to undergo semantic drift, cautions us that the King James translation, having undergone 400 years of change, must be approached to understand the author's intention rather than the assumptions of the translator. One semantic drift occurring in Genesis 6:9, translated perfect in his generations (sometimes used to promote ethnic or racial discrimination) would better be translated complete, mature, or blameless among his contemporaries.



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