[b-hebrew] OT- perspective (was Josiah's book of the Law)

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Aug 5 07:18:34 EDT 2005

On 05/08/2005 01:05, Jim West wrote:

> Peter Kirk wrote:
>> No, Jim, if I write that something happened, without qualification, I 
>> mean not just that it is my view or opinion that it happened, but 
>> that I know that it happened, beyond reasonable doubt. You cannot 
>> know, beyond reasonable doubt, that the DtrH (whatever that might be) 
>> was written after the exile, because there is insufficient evidence. 
>> But I would let this pass if you could provide some good evidence 
>> that this actually happened.
> Alas- if that's so- then you too are victim of the same inability to 
> suggest that archaeology proves the Bible right, no?  Or is there 
> another standard by which you determine things?

I don't understand a word of this.

>>> And what do Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzer do to prove the Bible's account 
>>> of Israel's history? ...
>> They are part of the Bible's account of Israel's history. They are 
>> themselves something in the Hebrew Bible. And this confirmation of 
>> the general accuracy of part of this history tends to suggest the 
>> reliability of more of it.
> No they are not.  They are proof only that the biblical authors knew 
> their names.  That's all.  Nothing more.
No. The biblical authors say a lot more about these kings, and several 
other archaeologically attested Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian kings, 
not to mention the Moabite Mesha` and various others, than just their 
names. In the Bible there is quite a lot of archaeologically confirmed 
information about their territories, their careers, their military 
campaigns etc etc.

Peter Kirk
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