kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Mar 11 10:52:08 EST 2006
You're right. Now that you mention it, I remember
Where do you get the idea that such mention is
anachronistic? In my reading of Tanakh, I get the
impression that Cyrus' command allowing Jews to
return to Judea and rebuild the temple and
Nehemiah's commission to rebuild Jerusalem's walls
were two completely separate events with a century
spanning the interval between them.
Chronicles was written after the Exile, so its
mention is an explanation, while Nehemiah and Ezra
were writing about their own time, ca. 420 to 400
BC, or well after Darius 1.
Could it be that counting the tithe as a percentage
of money started at about that time? As a nod to
those Jews who lived in Babylon while Jews who
returned to Judea tithed in the traditional manner?
Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Kirk" <peter at qaya.org>
> On 10/03/2006 18:36, Karl Randolph wrote:
> > ...
> > The widespread use of coinage postdates Tanakh. ...
> Not quite. The earliest coin in widespread use was the daric,
> introduced by and named after Darius I of Persia, 521-486 BCE. It
> is mentioned in the Tanakh (Hebrew DARK:MON, 'ADARKON) in 1
> Chronicles 29:7, Ezra 2:69, 8:27, Nehemiah 7:69,70,71. All but Ezra
> 2:69 are technically anachronistic as, apart from 1 Chronicles
> 29:7, they seem to date to the reign of Cyrus who preceded Darius.
> But presumably the author of these books restated the amounts of
> gold in terms of the units he or she was familiar with.
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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