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Jul
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comment Why does the Talmud record the Rabbis' thoughts and theories about the science of natural phenomenon?
What you appear to say is that even when suggesting scientific theories, what they meant was to get across lessons, regardless of what they knew of the natural world. But this does not apply to many if not most of their scientific theories. Or does it? If not, what is the point of those?
Jul
13
comment Why does the Talmud record the Rabbis' thoughts and theories about the science of natural phenomenon?
Does he provide support for that position? There are certain things that I find it very hard to read non-literally. Further, would that not apply to historical details as well? My understanding was that mainstream Orthodoxy believes the things the Gemara says about events like Purim or the destruction of the second temple.
Jul
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asked Why does the Talmud record the Rabbis' thoughts and theories about the science of natural phenomenon?
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May
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comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
E.g., how do you know having the strength of 100 means there are 97 hidden stars, or large hidden stars? Perhaps it means the 7 stars are 10x larger than average. Or that it means it includes 100 nearby visible stars. And how do you decide that this statement was meant literally if you are willing to say that the movement or removal of stars is some kind of parable?
May
3
comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
Thanks for your expansion. Regarding your Wikipedia references and attempt to demonstrate the accuracy of the Gemara, whether or not they knew what they were talking about is irrelevant to my question. Re the rest of your answer, the way you understand for sure it means there are invisible stars and that you can extrapolate this to the whole universe is unclear. And it still leaves the answer to my question open to Conjecture of how many he did think.
May
3
comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
Considering the full scope and context of that discussion, including the material on daf 59, I would not use that section in an attempt to demonstrate the scientific knowledge of the Talmud. But anyway, this answer does not explain what Rashi thought. Accepting your premise that Rashi would accept the number of stars if it was presented in the Talmud, what does the Talmud say about it? What you cited is tangential.
Apr
9
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@babyseal Thank you, but I respectfully disagree.
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Oct
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accepted Does Rambam take the 6 days of creation literally?
Oct
8
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
Regarding the link, it is interesting, and thank you. I however can't say I'm completely happy with the logical jumps since we're discussing major historical backdrops that play a role in reality for the whole Jewish history, not minor, isolated events. The Rambam's position on angels, while off topic, confuses me as well; what kind of a test would it be to take care of angels you dream of? Presumably Rambam for some reason thought the laws of physics precluded supernatural angels from materializing? Whatever, really I don't know, and again that's just an off topic tangent.
Oct
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
I did not downvote this answer. Being a good answer, you should observe, is not the reason I haven't accepted it. And it's up to my discretion how much better the answer should be than my suggestion before I accept it; my request was not a contract for acceptance.
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