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Topic: CALENDAR (10/20/16)
- TITLE: Studying Words
By Mike Hill
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Heed the word calendar. Itís a common word, innocuous enough, but what is the actual meaning? The meaning might not be as commonly thought. Before we break the word down into its elements, let us begin with a short lexicographic history. When our antediluvian ancestors realized the need for communication, grunts and hand signals were sufficient. The need for more sophisticated communication manifested and thus language was born. Man desired to make language permanent, so he invented words and letters. Lexicography is the scholarly pursuit of the relationships between these words and letters.
The development of languages was Godís express purpose, a result of the postdiluvian citizens of Shinar building their temple to the clouds. After the creation of the differing languages, man had to invent linguistics, the scientific study of language. Language is the tool for expressing thoughts and feelings and is the connection between our brain and the real world. Dictionaries were developed to further the proper usage of language, by attempting to standardize language use.
After the advent of monolingual dictionaries, there arose a need for communicating between languages. Translators helped develop bilingual dictionaries, often called lexicons. Consulting them when conducting a biblical word study is helpful. If not sufficient, then research the wordís etymology to glean further information as to its meaning.
Returning to the word Ďcalendar,' we discover that it does not appear in the NIV translation nor does it appear in the other translations. However, we do find the concept of Godís time. In Gen 1:14, God creates two large lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. Then God declared it good. Typically, the biblical description of Godís time consists of evenings, mornings, days, weeks, months, years, seventh year and seven periods of seven years.
God invented days, nights, weeks (six days of work and one of rest), months (one entire moon phase), and years (twelve phases of the moon plus a few days were thrown in for good measure). But who invented hours, minutes and seconds? Bean-counters invented them. When a paying for a partial day of work, being able to split the day into hours, results in not having to pay a full dayís wage.
Many say that we have Godís calendar, and we have manís calendar and twixt the two we live our lives. But where did the word originate? Letís start by breaking it down like this; CAL Ė END Ė AR.
CAL is erroneously thought to be short for California or calcium, but any scientist worth his calcium carbonate knows it is an acronym for Center for Applied Literalism! The letters END are simpler to analyze. They are not an acronym, but shorthand for End Key. Found on most computer keyboards, the end key and has the opposite effect of the home key. Pushing it takes you to the end of a sentence or document.
The letters AR pose a more complex problem for etymologists (word studiers). Their origin is unclear, and agitated discussions (arguments) between factions are the result. Many believe AR is short for Arkansas or Argentina, but this would arguably not make sense. Another group would say they stand for Artificial Reality, but it did not exist in biblical times. Others would say they stand for Artificial Respiration or Amateur Radio, but neither qualifies. A common, but an erroneous thought is that AR stands for Assault Rifle. For the purpose of this article, we will decide that AR stands for Adaptive Religion.
Therefore, using these sub-definitions of the roots of the word Ďcalendarí Ė we postulate that the meaning of calendar in the original language is: literalism sends one to the end of adaptive religion. In other words, the end of adapting religion to oneís personal truth rather than changing oneself to God's vision of a Christian and following Godís calendar and not manís.
At least thatís the way I see it!‚ÄÉ
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