[b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law
Read, James C
K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Thu Aug 4 04:39:45 EDT 2005
I would like to make the following observations:
1) Josiah was born in a time when the entire nation was engulfed in pagan worship,
and magical practices in which the priesthood most likely took the lead.
2) The scroll Josiah came into possession of by the chance finding of the high priest
was the only source Josiah had to conduct the reformation.
3) If we are to believe that the law-scroll was added to after Josiah's day, this would
leave no reliable mechanism for a fithful final edition.
4) It is a possibility (non demonstrable) that Josiah's law-scroll was protected in the
foundations since the original building of the temple.
5) As the temple was completely destroyed by the babylonians and then later rebuilt, there
is no reliale way of archeologically establishing when the original temple was built.
6) In fact, we cannot archeologically establish if there ever was a first temple.
7) Chronicles and Kings present the only unbroken attempts to record the entire history
of the kings of Isreal and Judah.
8) Unlike records of neighbouring empires, the records have a large emphasis on the failings
of its kings and thus, from a historical perspective, have the hallmarks of reliable sources.
9) Tradition would have us believe that such scrolls were faithfully copied by the scribes
(sopherim) that employed strict counting methods to establish the authenticity of such copies.
10) Fragments of ancient letters, while they do give us the possibility to view things from
the perspective of other nations, can hardly compete against the completeness of records
such as Kings and Chronicles whose agendas were to faithfully represent the history of a nation
that believed that lying was one of the worst and most punishable of sins.
11) Apart from an inherent desire to criticise a historical work just because it resides in
the hebrew canon, no real reason has been presented to doubt that Solomon built his temple
12) It is a well established fact that Solomon had a great and peaceful empire and was the only
king with both the time and the resources to be able to accomplish such a work.
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