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I haven't been closely following the sage cum priest discussion but let
tme just throw in my two cents for what they're worth.
Let's not forget that Ezekiel and JEremiah were at the same time priests
and prophets. SInce it was the sages who inherited the role of the
prophets (mikkan wa'elak hat ozneka ushma' divrey hakamim describes the
status of sages after silliq hannevu'ah) then a combination of sage and
priest would be the later version of priest cum prophet.
As for minhat erev in Daniel, I have always concsidered it to refer to
the time when the evening sacrifice would have been offered in
Jerusalem. NOnetheless, it could have refered to a parallel service
performed in the Diaspora. There were temples in the diaspora as the
Elephantine papyri so eloquently attest. As for the babylonian diaspora
I should refer you to Moshe Greenberg's article on Ezekiel 20 and the
spiritual diaspora. The exiles did ask Ezekiel for permission to build a
t emple in Exile. Evne though permission was not granted then, perhaps
after the passing or retirement of Ben-Buzi a different policy was adapted.
Also, there is evidence from Malachi that incense and probably vegetable
offerings were offered throughout the world. Moshe Weinfeld once dealt
with this topic. I don't recall in which volume of the Israeli SOciety
of Biblical Studies Festschriften his article appeared, but i cite it in
my response about incense in the BAT 2 volume. I believe that Goodenough
also has some information about vegetable offerings and incense in teh
diaspora. FInally, I once heard the recitation of pittum haqetoret at
the end of morning services, and not during the qorbanot of birkot
hashashaher, as a reflex of the practice to offer incense in synagogues.
Anyway, check all these things out before deciding definitely that the
Daniel reference had to be to the jEursalem temple.
Victor Avigdor Hurowitz
Dept. of Bible and ANE
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva, ISRAEL