[b-hebrew] 5 scrolls or 1

Sujata shevaroys at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 21 09:02:04 EDT 2005

I agree, however, my (b) does not stand alone by
itself, but stands in the context of there being a
traditional belief that the Torah was one scroll.

Yes, God could have created us as amphibians, but that
is not an age old belief unlike the single scroll
Torah. The single scroll is a thousands of years old
belief and it is doable, so needs to be refuted with

Deu 31:26 talks of a single scroll. In the early days,
the scroll would have existed only in the Tabernacle
and not with individuals or groups of individuals. 
11Q1 I think is a 1st/2nd century partial scroll, not
a complete one. 

Best wishes,

--- "Heard, Christopher"
<Christopher.Heard at pepperdine.edu> wrote:

> Sujata, your reasoning in (b) is erroneous for this
> reason: people  
> don't always actually do everything that is within
> their  
> capabilities. Lack of capability can be evidence
> against something,  
> but capability is not evidence for it. Right now I
> have the  
> capability to set fire to my condominium and burn it
> down, but I am  
> not going to do it (it would prove most
> inconvenient). God could have  
> made human beings amphibious, but didn't. Capability
> does not prove  
> actuality, and it is a logical fallacy to default to
> "if it can be  
> done, somebody did it, unless it is proven that
> somebody didn't do  
> it," as your point (b) implies.
> We do in fact have _hard evidence_ that the books of
> the Torah were  
> at least _sometimes_ written on individual scrolls
> in Hasmonean-Roman  
> times. That evidence is the manuscripts from the
> Dead Sea Scrolls,  
> for example, 11Q1 (Paleo-Leviticus). I apologize for
> not being more  
> precise but I am not sure when 11Q1 is dated as a
> physical production.
> Chris
> On Aug 20, 2005, at 5:28 PM, Sujata wrote:
> > co-exist in any given time period or b) evidence
> > should be provided that it was beyond the
> capabilities
> > of people of that time to sew together (or carry)
> a
> > single scroll that could carry the entire Torah. I
> saw
> > a Torah scroll for sale weighing 25 pounds which
> > shouldnt be too much for a man to carry.
> --
> R. Christopher Heard
> Assistant Professor of Religion
> Seaver Fellow in Religion
> Pepperdine University
> Malibu, California 90263-4352
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