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This article was set-up by Dan Barker on a McIntosh computer. We have copied only the English text, without the picture and the Greek text that were included in the published article. All Greek words in the arti- cle itself have been transliterated into equivalents in the English alphabet. Did Paul's Men Hear a Voice? Dan Barker In the 9th chapter of Acts, Luke tells the story of the conversion of Saul, saying that "the men which jour- neyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man." In the 22nd chapter of the same book, Luke quotes Paul's own words regarding the same experience: "And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake unto me." There is an apparent contradiction here: Luke says "hearing a voice," but Paul says, "They heard not the voice." If the translation is correct, then Luke has made a mistake. (We can assume that Paul, the primary source, is more trustworthy.) There are two approaches that defenders of the bible have used in an attempt to clear up this discrepancy. The first approach claims that the word "hear" should be translated "understand" in Acts 22:9, meaning that although the men heard the voice, they did not hear the voice. The second defense claims that the word "voice" should really be translated "sound" in Acts 9:7, meaning that the men heard something but did not know it was a voice. "Hear or "Understand"? I play professional piano part-time. Although I often use electronic keyboards in jazz bands, I much prefer the acoustic piano, especially for solo work. Nothing matches the beauty of physically produced tones resonat- ing in a real, acoustic piano of quality wood. The overtones mix in the air like no computer has been able to duplicate. The word acoustic comes from the Greek word akouo (pronounced "a-koo-oh*), meaning "to hear." [*I pronounce Greek the way a contemporary Grecian would say it. The old, scholarly pronunciation was just a guess.] To hear physically, acoustica 1 2

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