"admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments"

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Thu Jan 24 02:11:52 EST 2002


I haven't been following this thread very closely, but why "syncretism"?
Henotheism, or monolatry, would be a much more accurate description.
Monotheism, though it orignated in First Temple times, didn't become the
religion ofd all the Jews until well into the Second Temple Period, as
evidenced by the Elephantine papyri.

In view of all the studies on ANE suzerainty treaties, does anyone still
seriously claim that the Ten Commandments are monotheistic?
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried at umich.edu>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:36 AM
Subject: RE: "admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments"


> Along with Ian's question,
> is there evidence for non-Judaeans or non-Israelites
> worshipping YHWH, people from Midian for example?
> Unless I'm mistaken, Kuntillet Ajrud is very far south
> in the Sinai. Who would have used this caravansary?
> I have not seen this point addressed anywhere.
> liz
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ian Hutchesson [mailto:mc2499 at mclink.it]
> > Sent: Wed, January 23, 2002 11:34 PM
> > To: Biblical Hebrew
> > Subject: "admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments"
> >
> >
> > (It's also possible that the Name was known in multiple forms: it
> > certainly seems to have been shortened in some instances, e.g., in
> > the admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments, where it
> > is sometimes found as YHWH, and sometimes as YHW.)
> >
> > What makes you think that the Kuntillat Ajrud inscriptions were
> > "syncretistic"
> > based on the evidence we have from the period?
> >
> >
> > Ian
> >
> >
> >
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