b-hebrew digest: July 09, 1998

Carl S. Ehrlich ehrlich at YorkU.CA
Fri Jul 10 11:39:52 EDT 1998

Bryan Racine wrote concerning the paroket: "It bars the human race from a 
face-to-face communion with the Lord.  It symbolizes the harsh judgment of 
separation from God that is upon us all due to our sinfulness."

This appears to be an interpretation that imposes the later Christian doctrine 
of original sin on the text of the Hebrew Bible. I would be much more 
comfortable with an interpretation that understands cultic/spatial barriers 
such as the paroket within the context of biblical/priestly notions of holiness 
in the sense of separation.

Carl Ehrlich
Name: Prof. Carl S. Ehrlich
      Director of Undergraduate Study
      Division of Humanities
      York University-Toronto
E-mail: Carl S. Ehrlich <ehrlich at yorku.ca>
Fax:  1-416-736-5460
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Date: 07/10/98
Time: 10:39:53

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