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What would you make of the quotation from the Talmud?
Talmud - Mas. Berachoth 32b
...........sixty-five thousands of myriads of stars, corresponding to the
days of the solar year, and all of them I have created only for thy
On Fri, 11 Oct 1996 14:31:06 -0400 (EDT) Jim West <jwest@SunBelt.Net>
>At 12:25 PM 10/11/96 -0500, you wrote:
>> In the immediate context, i.e., the condemnation oracle against
>>Babylon, sorcery (v. 12) is mentioned as condemnable in Exod. 22:18,
>>spiritism, a like concept is condemned in Lev. 20:6, 20:27. Isa.
>>8:19 asks the question: should not a people consult their G'd
>>(instead of mediums and spiritists)? In Isa. 47, is not G'd mocking
>>the practices of the Babylonians which will not deliver them from His
>>coming wrath? It seems to make sense then that He would desire for
>>His people to avoid practices which would lead to self-deception.
>>Including astrology in a passage which also condemns sorcery, which
>>is clearly forbidden for Israel, seems to be a good case for guilt by
>You make my point but better.
>Jim West, ThD
>Professor of Biblical Languages