Why don't you see how I am relating this to what you posted...could it be you do NOT want to see the connection, so that, in seeing, you might be led to the truth?That could even be applied to Jesus Christ. How does that make them any less than real gods? Any less deified? Any less part of the Divine Council?
Bonnie--they are real gods--and all the king's horses, and all the king's men--can't restore the damage that does to your theology.
How does that render them any less than real gods?
The Divine Council was a reality:
Psalm 82:1---English Standard Version
1 God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
So--should we dust off the "as far as it's translated correctly" criticism--and dress it in white clothes for you?
As the scholars now know--some of the earliest manuscripts have heavenly beings as the gods--not the sons of Israel. Someone changed it. And it is a major change.
Bonnie--the reason the NRSV has the change--is because it's a recent translation--and the information has just become available and confirmed-- in the last few years of scholarly work. The verdict is in--the text has been altered. The verse should read--gods, or--"sons of God".
I'm not sure how you are relating this to the reality of the Divine Council--or the reality the earlier manuscripts have "sons of God"--not "sons of Israel"--and heavenly beings, not earthly, and "heavens"--not "nations".
Those are major changes--and no scholar can deny that---- now that the manuscripts have been translated--and are now available to peruse.
Do you think the NRSV is more recent than OTHER translations? Have you not looked this up?
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.
Didn't you see where the verse says that "the Most High gave to the NATIONS their inheritance, when He DIVIDED MANKIND"? Don't you see "nations" HERE?
Don't you know that "sons of God" can be used figuratively, to mean all people, since God made everyone?
And why do you forget what Paul said in Acts 17?
[/QUOTE]24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands
Why haven't you compared the bolded part of this verse with Deut. 32? And what it says there? Don't you think Paul knew the Pentatuch? Wasn't he an expert in the Law?
Now, how many true Gods did Jesus say exist? How many true Gods has God said exist?