[b-hebrew] "their altars" or "his/its altars"?
Christopher.Heard at pepperdine.edu
Fri Mar 4 12:24:30 EST 2005
On Mar 4, 2005, at 9:12 AM, Peter Kirk wrote:
>> ... It was a quite
>> syncretistic religion. ...
> What religion? Possibly the religion of some Edomites or whoever lived
> in Sinai at the time. Perhaps even of some apostate Israelites. But
> not the religion of the Israelites which is taught in the Hebrew
For what it's worth, it's becoming increasingly clear (and should have
been pretty obvious all along, from the prophets) that the religion
"taught" in the Bible--that is, endorsed by the biblical writers and
their heroes (e.g., the prophets, Josiah, etc.)--was a minority
position throughout much of Israelite history.
R. Christopher Heard
Assistant Professor of Religion
Armstrong Fellow in Religion
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Malibu, CA 90263-4352
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