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Jun
20
comment Why people keep saying 12 tribes of Israel when there are 13?
"monetary matters, no Levi"? Can you please elaborate? Also, I can see the real estate tally making sense, except that when "10 lost tribes" are referred to, this means that Judah and Levi are left? Simeon was within Judah's borders, so wouldn't that mean only 9 tribes were lost after the Assyrian conquest?
Jun
17
revised How does orthodox Judaism view the Dead Sea Scrolls?
last sentence was incomplete - emerged? developed? was born?
Jun
17
suggested suggested edit on How does orthodox Judaism view the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Jun
2
comment Who was the most benevolent ruler of Jews?
One candidate that comes to mind is Julian "the Apostate" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_the_Apostate . He authorized and supported the rebuilding of the Temple. Unfortunately, he was killed after ruling only a couple of years...
May
2
comment Is kopi luwac (civet excreted coffee beans) kosher?
I don't care HOW good it tastes, if it comes out of another mammal's pupik I'm not consuming it...
Apr
26
comment Must Mashiach have Jewish ancestry, or just Davidic?
...and, oh yeah, they think that Solomon and Sheba's son swiped the Ark and took it back there...and it's now sitting in a church in Axum...
Apr
26
comment Must Mashiach have Jewish ancestry, or just Davidic?
"Everyone wants to be Jewish...."
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.