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