[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew

George F Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Fri Dec 24 03:15:27 EST 2004

On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 00:01:12 -0700 Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>
> On Thursday 23 December 2004 13:53, Jim West wrote:
> > At 11:36 AM 12/23/2004, you wrote:
> > >All of this is simply evidence that Genesis has undergone some 
> kind of
> > >redaction or editing since Moses' time. None of it is evidence 
> against the
> > >hypothesis that the text as we have it is substantially as 
> written by
> > >Moses, with some updating of the language and of place names.
> >
> > Am I correct in assuming that you think Moses wrote Genesis and 
> that it has
> > since been redacted?  Moses wrote Genesis?  Really?  One question. 
>  Where
> > in the text of Genesis does it say anywhere who wrote it?
> Is this the only possible criterion for determining who wrote a 
> book?  All of 
> the Pauline epistles say right in the header that they were written 
> by Paul, 
> yet you deny Pauline authorship of several of them, so apparently 
> this 
> criterion isn't exact either.  ISTM that requiring Moses' signature 
> (so to 
> speak) before accepting the possibility is a bit anachronistic in 
> itself, 
> requiring a fairly modern concept in an ancient document.
> -- 
> Dave Washburn
> http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
> "No good.  Hit on head."   -Gronk
> _______________________________________________

Of course that isn't exact.  I could write a book claiming that Henry
Kissinger wrote it, but that wouldn't make it so.  In the same way there
are apocalypses written in the name of Adam, Enoch and others; but I
hardly think you would grant that any credence.  When a claim to
authorship is challenged, the challenger is obliged to submit evidence
which falsifies that claim.  Anyone wishing to deny the challenge is
obliged to submit evidence falsifying the falsification.


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