[b-hebrew] nevi

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Aug 17 19:21:24 EDT 2005

On 17/08/2005 23:07, Ben Crick wrote:

>On Wed 17 Aug 2005 (20:59:07 +0100), peterkirk at qaya.org wrote:
>>Are you sure that these references are to all three sections of the 
>>Hebrew scriptures, and not only to the first two? I ask in reference to
>> the recent mention of Acts 13:15 where, if later Jewish custom is a
>>good  guide, the reference is actually to these two sections, and not
>>to the  Writings. See also Luke 24:44 where there is an apparent
>>explicit  reference to all three sections of Scripture, with the
>>Writings referred  to as the Psalms.
> No, Peter, I'm not certain. Luke 24:44 says "... all things must be
> fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets,
> and in the psalms, concerning me". Does this mean that the Wisdom
> literature was/is not read in the synagogues?  I don't know.
> I always assumed that when the rich man was told by Abraham that his
> brothers "have Moses and the Prophets" that the whole Hebrew Bible was
> meant (Luke 16:31). On the Emmaus Road, Jesus "beginning at Moses and
> all the prophets, ... expounded to them *in all the Scriptures* the things
> concerning himself". Here the phrase "Moses and the Prophets" would seem
> to include the Writings also.

Well, I would tend to assume that "beginning with Moses and all the 
prophets ... all the scriptures" in Luke 24:27 refers to the same books 
as "the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms ... the scriptures" 
in Luke 24:44-45. I doubt if this is intended to exclude Proverbs, Job, 
Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and the Megillot. And the same may be true of 
e.g. Luke 16:31, although the reference here to "*hear* Moses and the 
prophets" may be an explicit allusion to what was read in the synagogue 
(and so be relevant to the thread on Haftarot). But as you say we can't 
be sure.

Peter Kirk
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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