JEPD Evidence

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Mon Dec 20 15:06:30 EST 1999

Ray Clendenen wrote:

> This is an example of begging the question. The point being made is only
> valid if the critical model of Israel's history is presupposed. According
> to the biblical text as it stands, not only was the cult already
> centralized when Lev. 17 was written, but Israel was living at the time
> surrounding the sanctuary. If this was actually the case, this would
> explain why profane slaughter could be forbidden, since it could all be
> done at the sanctuary.

Do you mean to say that any time some family in Beersheba or Arad or whatever wanted
to have a barbecue thay had to make the arduous journey all the way to Jerusalem? I
guess that explains why the ancient Israelites ate so little meat! So the standard of
living must have shot up by the time of the Deuteronomistic reform.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Beit Berl Post Office

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