[b-hebrew] qetseph in 2Ki 3:27
dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Jul 2 15:10:22 EDT 2003
On Wednesday 02 July 2003 12:24, Liz Fried wrote:
> Liz can you give us other
> > examples where pagan deities are shown in the OT as responding
> > favorably to
> > human sacrifice or any other kind of sacrifice?
> > This isn't a rhetorical question, I really want to know.
> Well..., I don't think it's relevant really.....
> Just cuz one episode sneaks in, that doesn't mean there'll be more.
> Uh, how about Exodus 7:11,22; 8:7???
Maybe I missed something, but the RSV says that the Egyptian magicians did
these things "by their magic arts." There is no mention of sacrifice of any
kind, particularly no mention of human sacrifice (which, AFAIK, the Egyptians
More to the point, how reasonable is it to suppose that the
author/compiler/whatever of Kings would let even "one episode" "sneak in" of
a foreign deity defeating YHWH? Not very likely, methinks. And even
supposing that the original writer of the episode intended such a meaning,
are we truly to believe that a Deuteronomic redactor (if there was such a
thing) would let it go by without revision or comment or some other
treatment? I doubt it.
"God does a lot of things in the Psalms
that He can't get away with in systematic theology."
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