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Re: orion Orion Mishnah as History

>Dear Paul: I had difficulties  to understand what you mean with first
>source's, second source's etc..Are the apostrophes in the right places?
> And which sources are you referring to?
> Do you imply that religious faith is frequently based upon folk legends
>rather than historic data-events?
>Frank Rosenthal

Dear Frank,
I presume you refer to the following quote in the recent post.

> The former
>> requires certain rules of evidence in order to declare something
>> historical.  I like to use the newspaper editor's rule (which is of course
>> not even a good historical test), do you have two independent sources
>> saying the same thing?
>You are still dealing with folk beliefs,in fact you are dealing with four
>folk beliefs, the first source's, the second source's, the interpreters
>and the reader's.
I couldn't agree more.

The comments about the 4 sources were actually made by Bradley Harrison, my
remarks were the >> and the no >.   But this is what I understood BH
saying:  When someone goes to interpret a text, particularly one that was
edited out of diverse sources, there are a number of layers of folk beliefs
(which I equate with saying that people have different perspectives, that
writers write out of different social, religious and cultural contexts,
etc.)  Thus to explain in reverse order. A reader reads and interprets out
of their cultural and historical location, the interpreter (which I took to
mean editor of the book, but if one assumed a teaching situation, then it
could refer to the teacher) has his/her own perspective and beliefs, and
the sources the interpreter draws upon (whether the editor or the teacher)
each were composed in their own cultural/historical context.

If I am way off base in my interpretation, perhaps Bradley will clarify it

I hope this helps.


Paul V. M. Flesher, Director
Religious Studies Program
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY  82071-3353