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RE: orion translation central?
At 03:44 PM 12/10/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Perhaps Professor West would be kind enough to answer the
>Had the OT been composed in Greek at the time of the
>Hasmoneans, would there not have been a greater knowledge
>of the Persian period which has always caused the
>Talmudists great problems with their chronology. Because
>they follow the OT they lose about 165 years during the
Any problem for the Talmud is no problem for me- for I simply know virtually
nothing of it. It is an extremely late document(s) which has virtually
nothing to do with life in the hasmonean or herodian eras. It is a juristic
corpus and not very useful for historical reconstruction.
>It is interesting to note that if their chronology is used
>(as seems likely) then the time period mentioned in the
>Damascus Document ( 390 + 20 after Nebuchadnezer ) would
>suggest an Herodian rather than an Hasmonean era for its
Its? Do you mean the Hebrew Bible or the talmud? If the Hebrew Bible,
perhaps. I would have no quibble with this (though the biblical texts from
Qumran seem to me to stem from earlier than the herodian period).
At any rate we are moving a tad away from Orion and more towards Ioudaios.
>Mike_Sanders@photoad.com (private e-mail)
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology