[b-hebrew] Moses' writing? [was: The New Testament]
willaa at netvision.net.il
Thu Oct 26 11:38:02 EDT 2006
If you want to be taken seriously, please do not put words in my mouth and
then use *your* words to insult me. To quote your own post: "was there
actually a thought process that went into" your "statement"? Your reasoning
is fallacious and ungrounded in anything I have written. Show me where I
have ever stated that in b'midbar they had walls to put them on. In fact, I
have stated rather clearly that THE TABLETS HAD TO FIT INTO THE ARK.
Dang, I have to keep reminding myself that you have to spell it out like a
step by step instruction manual for some people at the risk of offending
the intelligence of others. So for the others, please excuse me.
For JCR only, it seems:Here goes:
The points which you clearly have failed to understand are these:
1) These were "city" mice forced to wander in a waste.
2) "City" mice are accustomed to customs.
3) Custom hardens into rules very fast..
4) The customs in the ANE required certain dimensions and formats for
presenting legal documents as coming from an authority.
5) The tablets would have had to meet these expected customary forms to be
accepted as authoritative... whether or not there was a wall to display
them on. In this case, they were placed in a carry-case called an ark
6) Moshe is described as following custom when he presents the tablets to
7) From the evidence of the PaleoLev scroll, once there were walls to put
them on, they followed custom and displayed the Torah on the wall. (They
also returned to "city" mousery as soon as they could... something that
tends to be ignored.)
8) The customs of the ANE in presenting authoritative documents continued
in use essentially unchanged through the entire Greco-Roman, Medieval, and
early Renaissance periods
9) Remnants of these ancient customs survive to this day.(e.g. legal size
paper; black equals law; stripes equal rank).
10) If you wish to maintain otherwise, you must provide the contradictory
Now, do you get it?
And whatever you do when you have finally completed your degree, do not put
words from a fertile imagination into other people's mouths and then use
your own imagined reasoning to insult them. As rough as the 19th-century
scholars were, they did not stoop to such tactics. It's a very bad habit
and one to be avoided..
Dr. Rochelle I. S. Altman
>Point is: law codes, proclamations, and such like -- all issued under a god
>-- were displayed either on large stelae or on large tablets arranged as
>wall displays. The Egyptians did it, too.
>I'm sorry. But this has to be the most ridiculous piece of reasoning I
>have ever heard. How exactly does one draw a parallel between a well
>established city and a bunch of fugitives on the run in the desert who
>sleep in tents and hope that their god will provide them with water for
>the next day???
>Was there actually a thought process that went into the above statement? I
>am particularly interested to hear more about these 'wall displays'. Do
>you imagine they made their tents out of portable stone walls and hung up
>their stone tablets upon them each time they pitched a portable castle in
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