[b-hebrew] Job & Sumer

Michael Banyai Banyai at t-online.de
Fri Jun 11 10:52:00 EDT 2004

Hallo Mr. Somsel,

I can but repeat the same questions:

> What is the basis for wanting
> to retroject this back to the time of the origins of Israel?  Surely it
> reflects a patriarchal scene, but this does not necessitate that it be
> composed early.

Furthermore the description of patriarchal age itself is made possible by the survival, of what the writers of the considered to have been patterns typical of the patriarchal age, into these later ages. 

The patriarch stories project in fact in a quite anachronistic manner a halfnomadic society as surviving in more desertic regions of the Sinai and the Arabian peninsula. It is to be pointed that the patriarchs where rather something as "displaced sedentary people" seeking new settling land in a region where land was already settled than genuine nomadists.

Refferences to the Kasdim, et al, invading Arabia, or of El worship in Teman, pushes the date rather into a late period, post 8th century. The most probable period might be late Babylonian.

Best regards,

Bányai Michael

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