I can’t speak of the texts divorced from their historical contexts.

I can’t speak of the texts divorced from their historical contexts.

Maybe if they were unknown to humans before, dropped down from the sky from an alien spaceship and then we had to compare them side by side, knowing nothing else… sure.

But we know more than just what’s in the texts.

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Textual comparison divorced from sociohistorical context is, to me, intellectual dishonesty perpetuated by our education systems which divorce texts from the realities within which they are formed.

That’s why I can’t say “what’s worse or better”. Again, you can if you like. But it’s not how I think.

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You’re honest within the context you are working from within. But I believe the _process_ you are following is dishonest. YOU, on the other hand, are NOT being dishonest. You are honest from within the system you’re working with.

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The interpretations of the text change over time. Texts are living documents as they are being used by a people.

HOW the texts are being used can be compared. How the texts were once used can be compared. How the texts -could- be used can be compared.

The key thing for me about textual comparison is this: The People who are interpreting. The people who are using them. How they are using it. Why are they using it that way.

A text by itself is nothing without the people. Meaningless without the people.

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Surely, I do _not_ believe two texts can be compared side by side, unless they were created in same environment by the same people for the same purposes and interpreted by the same people in the same environment for the same purposes.

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If you want to ask me, “Which one do I like better?”
I can do that.

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Do you want me to give a book recommendation? Which one I like better, or which one would make a better document to present to a people to follow as an ideology without preparation? I suppose I could do that, although it seems odd. Even people who evangelize to people who never heard of a document before come with their prejudices towards the texts that they carry with them.

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If I try to tell you, Which One Is Objectively Better? I am doing so from my OWN cultural bias, utilizing my 20th/21st century assumptions about “The Way Things Should And Shouldn’t Be” and comparing them from the light of my prejudices.

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I cannot compare them properly because I do not KNOW all of my cultural biases as of yet. I’m not saying NOBODY CAN. I’m saying that _I_ can’t yet, not without leaving some large gaping holes in my interpretation.

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