Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Seven Times Seven

I hadn't realized that there are many versions of Bible verses.  I was looking for things about seven times seven.  It seems a poetic and lyrical expression.  Of course there is a movie and there are a number of songs with the title.  My search quickly retrieved 'forgiving seventy-seven times'.  This is a verse from Matthew on forgiveness:
Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!"

But it doesn't seem to quite be that clear:  here is a sampling of the interpretations from well over 20 versions of the Bible:
New International Version
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

New Living Translation
"No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!

English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus says to him, "I say to you not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!

King James Bible
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but 70 times seven. 

It makes me wonder what that Emoji Dick novel reads like. Fred Benenson briefly considered translating the Bible first.  The famous opening line is "Call me Ishmael"  - you can see the Emoji "here"  in the Guardian article.  The stunning piece in the article is his all-emoticon version of the New Yorker's famous Eustace Tilly cover. 

I came across these pictures of Ryerson's new imaging arts (photography) building in November 2012 - Gerry was there with the Toronto IES members to get a tour of the design.  The bottom picture shows the building's light panels which reflect in the puddles of the pond, giving rise to abstract images.   

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