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At 07:30 PM 10/14/96 -0400, you wrote:
>I amjust a lurker on this list about the Dead sea Scrolls and do not have the
>academic qualifications equal to most of you on this list. But I do have a
>question that I hesitate to post to the list in general as I would only
>betray my lack of scholarship and probably annoy them. On the other hand, I
>*do* have a question.
Scholarship, to be genuine, must address the questioner no matter what her
or his level; elsewise we are just blabbing amongst ourselves- which is
really good for nothing- so ask away anything you like.
>So I was hoping that you might assist me. I am fascinated by this business
>of the Mesopotamian/Helenestic influences and when it entered Israel and
>whether it did from Mesopotamia or Greeks....
Perhaps if you would read D.S. Russell's book on apocalyptic. He goes into
great detail. I do not now recall the exact title, but it is available from
Westminster/John Knox. Look in Books in Print under the author's name and
you should be able to find it.
>It seems clear to me that there is evidence of religious syncretism quite
>early in Israel. Aside from Solomen indulging his 1000 brides
Actually 700 wives and 300 concubines- but this is clearly exaggeration!
> with the means
>to wrship their own gods, wouldn't ideas and influences have entered Israel
>merely as a matter of the trade routes and so forth?
Israel was very syncretistic long before Solomon. See N.P. Lemche's History
>I certainly can not offer any evidence for this observation. But considering
>where Israel is located and the number of times there have been attempts to
>own this section of the Levant from prehistoric times to the present, it
>seems only logical and sort of Occam's Razorish to.
>I do have an MA in Theological Studies from Gordon Conwell Theological
>Seminary in Hamilton MA and I concentrated on Church History, so am not
No one really is (except perhaps V. Jones !!! )
>Thanks for taking the time to read this!!
>La Mesa, CA
(a lovely town)
Jim West, ThD
Professor of Biblical Languages