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Re: "Love" in the DSS

	Hmm.  I think we are on a different wavelength.  "sacrifice" is 
not theology.  "Sacrifical practice" is not theology.  By definition 
"theo-logy" has something to do with God.  I believe Leviticus is the 
foundational theological book in the Bible, but it uses "sacrifice" to 
communicate a theological truth.  In the same way in investigation of the 
DSS must look beyond the *subject* matter and ask the question *why* is 
this subject discussed?  *This* will lead to an ideology, at least, if 
not a theology.  Milgrom has done us all a service by asking these 
questions of Leviticus.  I especially appreciate his work on the purity 
rules of Leviticus.  Now I know we have wandered in subject matter!

Under His Mercy,

On Mon, 8 Apr 1996 HuldrychZ@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 96-04-08 19:05:12 EDT, you write:
> >I know we are departing a bit from the focus of the list, but I would be 
> >interested in what you think the "theology of Leviticus" and Jeremiah 
> >might be, and what the differences might be.
> There can be no doubt that the author of Leviticus is concerned with
> sacrificial practice (primarily) while Jeremiah can be fairly said to be
> opposed to priestly religion.  These are necessarily broad statements- as
> they are out of context here, but nevertheless they point to the fact that
> even within the Bible there are conflicting theologies; which is why each
> dead sea scroll must be evaluated for its own theological message instead of
> having other theologies superimposed on them.  This is all I intended to say,
> really.
> Jim West