From: clayton stirling bartholomew (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 07 2000 - 02:28:21 EDT
In the early 20's Ernest Hemingway sent his dispatches from Paris to the
Hearst's news service in a language called cabelese. "Cabelese was an
exercise in omitting everything that can be taken for granted."* This was an
artificial language that lacked information redundancy. The purpose was to
cut down of the cost of sending a cable which unlike e-mail was not free
(about $3 per word in 1920's currency).
From the standpoint of information transfer human language is highly
redundant. The NT authors did not use cabelese in their writings. However, a
skilled author will often prune away information that can be taken for
I would take THi ORGHi in Rom. 12:19 as an example of this. Further
specification of THi ORGHi is not required on account of the quotation from
Excessive information redundancy can be employed by an author for the
purpose of rhetorical underlining. It is a means of slowing the reader down
and drawing added attention to a select portion of text.
In Rom. 12:19 I think Paul was just being economical with his use of words.
Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062
* quoted form Malcom Cowley's introduction to "The Sun Also Rises."
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