[b-hebrew] Formulation of the law

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Fri Jun 23 20:15:22 EDT 2006


Dear James,
I can see where that certainly does seem logical, and in fact there is the
instance of Zelophehed's (sp?) daughters. However, what problem does not
eating pork solve, and what about not cooking a kid in his mother's milk,
etc. etc.?  
Best,
Liz Fried

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> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of JAMES CHRISTIAN READ
> Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 7:21 PM
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> Subject: [b-hebrew] Formulation of the law
> 
> Just to clarify a point I tried to make in another thread
> about the law being formed by Moshe as time passed.
> Consider the following hypothetical example.
> 
> Moshe writes a law which says about offering up XYZ when
> you circumcise your son. A few weeks/months go by and
> a few families can't afford XYZ and go up to Moshe and
> say 'We would really like to be able to offer up XYZ to
> show our appreciation to Yah for the beautiful son he's
> given us but we really can't afford it.' So Moshe has a
> think about it, goes off and has a chat with Yah, comes
> back and says 'Alright then. Poor families can give
> ABC.'
> 
> Looking at many of the finer grained laws in the Torah
> you can imagine similar stories that led to the
> eventual consolidation of an entire law code that covers
>  just about every situation you could possibly think of
> over the 40 year period of their wanderings.
> 
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