認識約拿書中的蓖麻

認識約拿書中的蓖麻

頗喜歡約拿書,不單因為他的故事性及教訓,且可以說最容易看畢及記得的書卷。當中約拿用作遮蔭的蓖麻,戲劇性的被蟲子咬死更是引發故事最後的高潮。

最近從新聞報導中得悉紐約市市長彭博收到一些含有蓖麻毒的信件,赫然才知道約拿書中那蓖麻竟是含有劇毒的。 

英文聖經蓖麻的譯本有 vine 或 gourd 分別是藤 ,藤蔓(植物),葡萄樹或葫蘆屬植物的意思。何故中文翻譯竟把它譯成這麼偏門且含有劇毒的東西呢?

維基百科中蓖麻(學名:Ricinus communis)是一種大戟科植物,是蓖麻屬(Ricinus)下的唯一物種。

當中更指出因蓖麻稈中含有蓖麻鹼毒蛋白,不會藏有蟲卵和害蟲。這倒有點意思,不會生蟲的蓖麻竟被蟲子咬死,難怪約拿會這麼生氣。 

聖經最初的和合本是在1919年編制,翻譯上有一定限制是可以理解的,可是去年才發行的和合本修訂版仍保留這翻譯,真的希望了解其因由。

 

聖經中確有不同的地方在翻譯上又或是抄本問題而有所出入,但都無損在聖經的整體性及信仰原則等。聖經無誤,需要大家有智慧的去理解。

 

張震遠的商品交易所倒閉

張震遠的商品交易所倒閉,跟他要辭去所有公職有何關係?

近日的熱門新聞之一是張震遠辭去所有公職,成為梁振英政府班子另一下馬者。事源商品交易所財政有問題,繼而有人說早於去年已知他的財政問題,甚至曾借錢給他周轉。

我的疑問是,一個過去以他個人的能力而被委以公職的人,若只因他管理不善而導致公司倒閉,跟他的公務有何相干呢?

是否因為財政出問題也要向政府申報呢?

從另一角度去看,他在公職中例如市建局主席,涉及很多利益關係,他若有以權謀私那就不會出現財政問題罷。

他主動辭職,自有不同的考慮。

待有較多的資料時,大家可以再去評評。

 

談談講東講西的優才

談談講東講西的優才

去年底香港台的講東講西舉辦一優才計劃,為節目加入作新血。六位才俊於一月始主持節目。

談到最突出的要算是潘俊文,我指的並不是他的表現,而是他每次都急於去表現自己。記得有次他是不停咀的,毫不謙虛的去補充另外的講者所言,身在加拿大的賜官在接通電話後指要在咪後跟他談談,之後他才收歛了一點。可是這年青人在往後的節目仍繼續犯上這毛病,每每只著重搬出一大堆的知識,令人感覺厭煩。他若再自以為是,進步空間將會有限。另一個例子是,別的主持都會尊稱岑逸飛為山今老人,潘俊文竟稱他為飛哥。反觀另一才俊王兆俊則會稱其他資深主持為老師,而且在表現都是得體的。論到表達的內容,本人認為唯一的一位女生黃敏華較佳。黃是數學博士,從他的分享可見他有獨特的見解。若然他能在說話語調上加以改善,將會令人更易受落。

另外的才俊還有陳興泰,梁敬國及周俊亨。遲些再去談。

 

死在病床上是誰的錯?換錯心?罪之所在?

死在病床上是誰的錯?換錯心?罪之所在?

看到新聞報導中兩名醫生向公眾解釋及換錯心事件而致歉,我感到這是對兩位醫生極其殘忍的懲罰。對他們勇於站出來去交代,更是感到敬佩。

作為醫生,天職是救死扶傷,各人希望能把病人醫好,暫時從死神手中搶過來,叫人多活一點時間。可是很多人都不明這道理,每當死在醫院時總會把責任歸咎於醫護人員身上。

醫療失誤這名詞近年經常出現,都多謝所謂公開及透明度的要求所致。有失誤是在所難免,所謂掛萬漏一,結果就是失敗。每個人都會犯上或大或小的錯,只是影響不大而不會被聲討。醫護人員所負責的是人命,人們對人他們的要求自然不同,生命攸關,他們所承受的壓力自然也不少。醫生最不想見的是病人死在他面前。醫生不是神,他能做的只是盡力去救。

醫護人員救過的人不少,大多只會收到一聲多謝或致謝信,可是一旦發生任何問題卻會受到莫大的攻擊。這公道嗎?

這次事件中,要負責的人絕不應只是這兩位醫生。我們的態度也不應是指責,這對事件絕無幫助。

 

Virginia deserved notice on bomb suspect burial: funeral director

 

Virginia deserved notice on bomb suspect burial: funeral director

 

By Ross Kerber

BOSTON (Reuters) – Local officials in Virginia should have been told before the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interred there, said the funeral director who handled his remains.

Worcester, Massachusetts, funeral home owner Peter Stefan also said Boston city officials had known by Wednesday where the body was being taken, shedding new light on the controversial burial.

But, Stefan said, the process was done correctly, under rules that give burial rights to family members, and that he had spoken with Virginia officials who were reviewing the situation to make sure it was legal.

“We did not just arbitrarily send that body down,” Stefan said in a telephone interview with Reuters on Saturday.

“We have informed them that everything was done legally. They know that. But I just felt uncomfortable,” he said. “It didn’t feel right.”

Tamerlan, 26, and his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, are believed to have set off two bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264.

After Tamerlan died in a shootout with police on April 19, disposition of the ethnic Chechen’s remains became controversial with local cemeteries refusing to accept them, while some family members sought to have them transported overseas. Massachusetts officials, including the city manager in Tsarnaev’s hometown of Cambridge and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, called for the body to be buried outside their communities.

On Friday, an official death certificate released by Menino’s office showed that Tsarnaev had been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, near Richmond.

Stefan said Tsarnaev’s body was transported to Virginia in a van driven by his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni. Tsarni has denounced the bombing but said he had a responsibility to arrange for his nephew’s burial, which took place Thursday.

A Richmond woman, Martha Mullen, told the Boston Globe she helped arrange for the burial after hearing media reports of the controversy and protests outside the Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“Jesus says love our enemies,” Mullen told the newspaper, adding that the protests “portrayed America at its worst.”

Stefan said Tsarni and at least one funeral home staff member drove to Boston on Wednesday afternoon and filed the death certificate with city health officials, part of the regular process of obtaining a burial permit. The certificate shows that officials issued a permit May 8, the same day.

After that step in the process, the city could have disclosed information about the burial site, said Stefan, who also chairs a state board that oversees funeral services. While he said local officials in Virginia should have been told that Tsarnaev’s body was being taken there, Stefan said rules limited what he himself could say until after the death certificate was made public.

Stefan said he did not blame Menino for not flagging the form earlier, however. “He probably didn’t even know it was filed. That would be some inconsequential thing to him,” Stefan said.

Spokespeople for Menino did not immediately return requests for comment.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in a prison west of Boston after being charged with crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.

(Reporting By Ross Kerber; editing by Gunna Dickson)

Tamerlan 找不到下葬的地方?

Tamerlan 找不到下葬的地方?

波士頓爆炸事件其中一個兇手 Tamerlan 被擊斃多個星期後,其中一個新聞是找不到下葬的地點,原因是不同地方的人都反對這兇徒葬在區內。

對此我有個疑問,美國過去嚴重槍擊事死傷比波士頓更多的也不少,那些當場被擊斃或吞槍自殺的,他們又會葬在那裏呢?