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comment Why were there so many killings by Jews in the Old Testament?
The Tanach is our record of it. The Moabite Stone and Assyrian, Babylonian, and Egyptian records tell it from their point of view.
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comment Why were there so many killings by Jews in the Old Testament?
...augh, context!!! the tribes/petty kingdoms/etc in the Near/Middle East back then spent LOTS of their time killing each other off, moving borders, and making each other tributaries, while they ALL paid tribute to the superpowers of that time...and they all did it according to what they believed was "Divine inspiration". It was acceptable, normal human behavior back then.
Apr
19
comment Source for long payos
The source is Yayikra - 19:27 and 21:5. I'm sure some of the well-read folks around here can list the commentaries' say on the customs for the times they were written...
Apr
17
comment How would you describe the literary style of Torah?
Part history narrative, part legal and theological exposition... for starters...
Apr
17
comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
Hi Jim! Here's a good one for starters on the BAR site: biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/… Read that for starters, then just root around on that site and see where it leads you!
Apr
16
comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
Hi Jim! Pretty much EVERY piece of literature that has come down to us has been edited--the Masoretic "edition", as I wrote earlier, became dominant after the 2nd Revolt. Earlier than that, Ezra did editing. There's a few books put out by BAR on the DSS that are compilations of articles by mostly experts in the fields dealing with this stuff--excellent reading, much better than failedmessiah, for sure...rummage around biblicalarchaeology.org and you'll find some answers, free e-books, etc.
Apr
15
comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
I wouldn't say "most" ....all the original stuff is in there, the accumulations on average are probably around 10 percent, with some exceptions like Proverbs, which has the core "copied by the men of Hezekiah" and just kept growing..
Apr
15
comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
On the other hand, for the Torah itself, dogma aside, the DSS show far fewer editions of the texts, basically only 3 that existed by 200BCE--the Proto-Masoretic(the basis of the one used for Torahs today), a fuller, expanded version, and the version that pretty much matches the Septuagint. AFter the Bar-Kochba Revolt, the Masoretic edition became dominant. But straight out copy, scramble, n paste, like the JEPD theorists suppose, is just plain unlikely. Biblical Archaeology Review has published a lot of articles on the different texts' development.
Apr
15
comment Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
Hi Jim! If by "it" you mean Chronicles, absolutely, probably only two, the genealogies and then the history part. Most of the other books, IMHO, started with the original writing and then as history went on, parts were added--to the historical books to add details/continue the story--or, for the prophets, there were different collections of oracles and/or commentary became incorporated when the scrolls were being hand copied. The Dead Sea Scrolls had long and short versions of Jeremiah, and I'm pretty sure Jeremiah himself didn't insert the ONE line of Aramaic into his otherwise Hebrew book.
Apr
8
comment Red and white wine Mixed
What??? The jelly fruit slices aren't Kosher fr Passover?
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
...just because a lot of the general population forgot, and needed reminding, still doesn't mean that there was a chance of a Fred... did Fred consult with Solomon on building the Temple, which was around WAY before even the writing prophets? The priests and royal scribes were around preserving the texts throughout both kingdoms' times.
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
...and Hosea and Isaiah(just the 1st 2 I can think of) were a good while before Josiah and his supposed "Fredness"...
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
okay, I read the article. The point of the part where he brings up Fred is that he supposed to be a crucial factor in proving the Torah is a contrived lie-- he is saying that if the Torah is false, then either Moses lied or Fred lied, and he points out the fallacies of both cases, and uses them to help show his conclusion that a Divine origin is at LEAST as probable. So WHY are you looking for Fred? A bunch of prophets write about Torah events, usually in a "remember" context, and they were much closer to the "supposed" events..would they write in order to perpetrate a known lie?
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
Btw, what does all this stuff about Fred have to do with the title's "issue with Theory of Divine Origins of Judaism?"
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
Also--It happened more than once. For a couple of later periods-this can be better said/expounded on by the Talmud scholars here-- there's the saying "when Israel forgot the Torah, Ezra came up from Babylon and re-established it. When they again forgot it, Hillel came up from Babylon and re-established it". Fred after Fred, but identified.
Apr
3
comment Potential issue with Theory on Divine Origins of Judaism?
8 years old is a pretty tender young age. Somebody had to teach him, and those Freds(?) were probably priests/teachers in the Royal Court. The situation was probably similar to a few generations before, when Joash's aunt-the wife of the High Priest Jehoiada-hid him from Athalia's troops and Jehoiada later commanded the army and made him King a few years later. The royal and priestly families were probably still intermarried, so knowledge of Torah & HaShem never completely died out. After Manassah and Amon, the priests did their best to teach the youngster properly, and it worked. No Fred.
Apr
2
comment Why Hashem didn't win Randi's $1 million dollar challenge?
One good clear, open, impressive miracle would be REAL nice... like the Cloud descending onto the Temple Mount, the folks who don't belong there running out ..on fire.. and when It lifts a nice new shiny Temple sitting there ...yeah, that would clear things up in a lot of folks' books...
Apr
1
comment Do the sages ever use the word “Jews” to describe the B'nai Israel before the Assyrian captivity?
I think Moses would have said he was a Levite, and pointed and said the sons and daughters of Judah are camping over THERE... As for Assyrians, Pritchard's ANET has Sennacherib's prism referring to "Hezekiah, the Jew", but it's more accurately translated as "Judahite".
Mar
31
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Avrohom Yitzchok I found the mention of cold water in Chapter 3 Mishna 4 but not the lukewarm in the 5th Chapter Mishna 2(unless I'm getting blinder)--I'm looking at the sacred-texts.com translation. Is it ordered differently in the English?
Mar
31
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Double AA - I was thinking along those exact same lines -- Yerushalayim's streets weren't wide enough for the ice man's delivery trucks.. wasn't ALL water there lukewarm a few minutes after drawn from the spring?