[b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Tue Aug 2 20:55:20 EDT 2005


Well, proving that documents were often buried with cornerstones doesn't
prove that this is where the book Josiah found came from!

Yours,
Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>
To: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at nyx.net>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law


> Excellent research!
> This would show that the Torah was in its canonical form when Solomon
built
> the temple.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Dave Washburn
> Sent: Tue 8/2/2005 4:09 PM
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law
>
> The recent discussion that included Josiah and the discovery during his
day
> triggered a memory of something I read a long time ago, and I want to toss
it
> out for discussion if nobody minds.
>
> Merrill F. Unger, in his book "Archaeology and the Old Testament" (Grand
> Rapids: Zondervan, 1954) p. 281 says in part that "it was customary in
> ancient times to place documents in the foundations of buildings as is
done
> even to the present day [1954, at least]."  He suggests that the Book of
the
> Law that Josiah's priests discovered had been placed in the cornerstone of
> the Temple by Solomon, and that during the extensive repairs to the Temple
> that Josiah directed, the stone masons and carpenters came across this
> deposit and reported it to the priests.  Hence the rediscovery of the Book
of
> the Law.  Unger also notes that Nabonidus, around the 6th century BC (BCE
if
> you prefer) liked to dig into foundations of buildings to see what sorts
of
> documents were cached away therein.
>
> I'm wondering what folks here think of this idea as an explanation of the
> discovery during Josiah's reign.
>
> --
> Dave Washburn
> http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
> "Well, if I'd wanted a safe life, I guess I wouldn't have
> married a man who studies rocks." - Betty Armstrong (Fay Masterson)
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