Date of Moses, was: [b-hebrew] Re: PS /g/

gfsomsel at juno.com gfsomsel at juno.com
Thu Nov 18 11:29:15 EST 2004


On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 14:45:09 +0000 Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>
writes:
> On 18/11/2004 13:28, gfsomsel at juno.com wrote:
> 
> > ...
> >
> >>This would have been not to long prior to the establishment of 
> the
> >>northern kingdom itself.
> >>
> >>george
> >>gfsomsel
> >>_______________________________________________
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >My apologies -- that should have read "This would have been not too 
> long
> >prior to . . . "
> >
> >  
> >
> Well, your alternative version is grammatical, but it is still 
> entirely 
> speculative. You have no way of telling how long before the 
> establishment of the northern kingdom these events happened - even 
> assuming they are historical when you assume that most of the rest 
> of 
> Judges etc is not. I also note that you depend on a doubtful reading 
> 
> M$H, Moses in Judges 18:30 where the Masoretic text has MN$H, 
> Manasseh, 
> and assume that BEN means "son" rather than "descendant". But if you 
> 
> make similar assumptions with other genealogical texts you get a 
> very 
> different chronology.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/
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Peter,

You will note that the nun in M:Na$.eH is raised indicating a later
addition.  Also, the LXX clearly has MWUSH.  It would seem that there was
an attempt here to dissociate Moses and his family from idolatry.

george
gfsomsel



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