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Re: question

On Thu, 11 Apr 1996, Niels Peter Lemche wrote:

> David,
> If you want to look for the origins of sectarianism, why not have a 
> look on Isa 4? 
> The question is whether you are looking for sectarianism inside a 
> Jewish society of say the 3rd century, or at a society which is 
> defining itself in a way to be likened to sectarianism - inside a 
> more comprehensivive world.
> Niels Peter Lemche
> Dep. Biblical Studies
> University of Copenhagen
> Phone: 45 49 13 81 24
> Fax: 45 49 13 81 28
> e-mail: npl@teol.ku.dk
Dear NPL,
 You seem to be mixing the idea of the remnant with Sectarianism.  It is 
quite probalby that later Jewish sectarians saw them selves as the chosen 
remnant, as did, indeed, already the Exilic community according to 
Ezekiel, but to say that isaiah 4 is the beginning of sectarianism is to 
confuse the idea on which something is based with the later develpoment.  
i am aware that you might not view Isaiah ben Amotz as a prophet of the 
the Assyrian period and certainly not any of the prophecies placed in the 
book bearing his name.  NOnetheless, this position may not be acceptable 
to those with whom you are discussing the point, so clarify please.
Victor AVigdor Hurowitz
Dept of Bible and ANE
Ben Gurion University
Beer Sheva, ISRAEL