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Offline Jakub

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I watch most series & movies with a military theme, and a problem arose with a unit member and the violating the 5/6th commandment, he visited with the base chaplain & a short discussion about the termination of people in the line of duty and the translation of the Hebrew word regarding kill-murder.

I noticed that Brenton's translation of the Septuagint uses murder and the majority of other scripture translations use kill...

There is a difference between these words in use & meaning to me, but I was wondering what the "Eastern/Orthodox" position is on this...thoughts ?

Members outside of the Orthodox/Catholic circle are also welcome...

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Re: Interpretation/Application, 5th/6th Commandment,Thou shall not murder/kill
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 05:00:57 PM »
I don't know where exactly to find this, but many people use an alleged quote from St. Athanasius who has used an analogy between sex and marriage and "license to kill" and being a soldier (i.e. just as it is a soldier's is given the power to kill, in marriage alone can one have sex...with their own spouse only of course).
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Re: Interpretation/Application, 5th/6th Commandment,Thou shall not murder/kill
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007, 05:10:21 PM »
I don't know where exactly to find this, but many people use an alleged quote from St. Athanasius who has used an analogy between sex and marriage and "license to kill" and being a soldier (i.e. just as it is a soldier's is given the power to kill, in marriage alone can one have sex...with their own spouse only of course).


I believe that the original translation from Greek is "Thou shalt not murder".

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Re: Interpretation/Application, 5th/6th Commandment,Thou shall not murder/kill
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007, 10:40:21 PM »
There is a difference between these words in use & meaning to me, but I was wondering what the "Eastern/Orthodox" position is on this...thoughts ?
There really is no need for the "Orthodox" view, since the difference is a linguistic one and inherent in the text. Yes, there is a difference in meaning in the Greek between "murder" and "kill". Since the Orthodox accept only the Septuagint, the commandment is "Thou shalt do no murder".
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