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Re: orion recent discussion

From: Jim West <jwest@Highland.Net>
Subject: Re: orion recent discussion

At 08:31 AM 9/22/97 -0700, you wrote:
>On Mon, 22 Sep 1997, Orion Center wrote:
>> It seems to me that the topic of rabbinic law, handed down to Moses on 
>> Sinai, is off-topic, where Orion is concerned. Questions which cannot be 
>> resolved by academic methods and which are based on faith propositions 
>> tend to produce ill feeling and waste a lot of time and bandwidth. 
>> Thank-you.
>> Avital Pinnick
>> list moderator
>> Orion
>	How is it off topic if a significant body of contemporary
>scholarship identifies this concept with the Pharisees and finds proof of 
>the proposition in the phrase dorshei halaqot? The issue of Torah misinai 
>is no less discussable by academic methods than the question of who lived 
>at Qumran. Whether it's resolvable is another question--but so, on the
>present state of matters, are many other Qumran questions. But I take to
>heart your recommendation that I shut up and will happily join the range
>of other crackpots consigned to outer darkness. Marty Jaffee> > 

Marty et al,

It seems to me that Avital's point is simply that Orion is a DSS forum- not
a forum akin to Ioudaios.  Further, I do not think that Avital is suggesting
that you, or anyone else, is a crackpot.  She is simply trying to keep the
list to its task- which I for one applaud.  Questions about rabbinics can
best be addressed to Ioudaios.


Jim West, ThD
Director, Center for Biblical Studies