Timothy Dateline Meters
How Paul datelines in Timothy, seems to be the precedent for how Peter, Jude, Mark, Hebrews, John all dateline their meters. Especially, John. Is that claim true? If so, it will have mammoth import for textual criticism and hermeneutics, because a)…
How Paul datelines in Timothy, seems to be the precedent for how Peter, Jude, Mark, Hebrews, John all dateline their meters. Especially, John. Is that claim true? If so, it will have mammoth import for textual criticism and hermeneutics, because a) everyone's claiming MUCH LATER BIBLE WRITING DATES than are shown here, and b) the DOCTRINE VIA METER INTERACTION WITH TEXT elucidates much about each letter, which has gone unnoticed for centuries. The ancients used meter to verify their copy accuracy, everyone knows that. But apparently the hoary heads don't account Bible writers to do the same thing, and don't realize the meter method is SEVENED to also give you updated prophecy-location 'maps', cross-reference indicators to other Bible passages, etc. each time. Really handy system, but wow our forefathers stopped teaching it to their kids, so now our eyes will glaze over...
So this channel will explare Paul's dateline technique, which ends up demonstrating how Bible Hebrew (here with Greek text) works. For the big difference in the meter technique in the NT, is that the PER CLAUSE PARSING is used as a formula for defining the date of writing (metered as a formula forward or backward to/from some well-known historical or prophesied event to telescope doctrinal content for current writ) -- versus the OT technique of merely using the SEVENED clauses as a formula for the date.
Example: in Psalm 90 (see the Psalm 90 channel, Psalm 90 Meter of Time (Precedent for Bible Hebrew Meter) ), only the accumulated meter totals at their sevening points, are used for dating or ending 'paragraphs'. But in the NT, especially in John, who closes the writing of Canon, EACH CLAUSE in the dateline is used as part of a formula which simultaneously 'tags' what THAT SAME AUTHOR had written prior, as well as'tagging' previous Divine Writ relevant to that author's 'new' content'.
It works like a jigsaw puzzle; when you get the meter right, all the 'pieces' fit. Like balancing your checkbook, and the meaning of each clause becomes astonishingly clear. Like seeing the Face of God, meter interacting with text to provide a GPS of interpretation. Awesome.
So here I'll go through how to detect all that, in Timothy's meter. I actually don't know how it will turn out, until all the testing is done. But when done, either Timothy is the precedent, or some other of Paul's books. We'll see!