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orion-list Hasmonean Bible

As the readers of this list are well aware, the last 25 years has seen 
new paradigms advanced, positing that the OT is a Post-Exilic creation 
dating anywhere from the 6th through 1st centuries BCE, by scholars like 
Phillip R. Davies, Niels Peter Lemche, Frederick Cryer, and Thomas L. 

I am now offering to those who may have an interest, the latest revision 
and expansion of my paper titled Fulfilled Prophecy and the Old 
Testament, Clue's to the Bible's Hasmonean and Herodian Origins. The 
first draft of this paper (28pp., 18 Apr. 1999) was offered earlier on 
this list and it is now some 47 pages. In this work I argue that the 
writers of the OT are using 'prophecy-after-the fact' to portray God as 
the only god who can predict the future hundreds of years in advance and 
then bring the prophecies into realization. My research suggests that 
many of these prophecies are realized by the Hasmoneans (BCE 164-64), 
thus dating the OT to this period of time. Furthermore, some prophecies 
are realized as late as 23 BCE indicating Herodian redactions within the 
OT. I thus understand the Qumranic Dead Sea Scrolls to be the original 
drafts of what was to become our Bible.

For those may have missed earlier papers offered on this list, still 
available are:

Smoking Guns, Clues to the Old Testament's Hellenistic, Hasmonean and 
Herodian Origins ( a manuscript of 177 pp., 1998). In this work I 
identify as embedded within the OT Greek concepts:  Homeric, Hesiodic, 
Socratic, Platonic, Stoic and Epicurean, in regards to the OT's 
portrayal of the relationship between Man, God and the Cosmos.

Collapsing Paradigms, Lying Witnesses and Confused Scholars (28 pp. 
1999) argues that the LXX is not a 3rd century BCE creation and that Ben 
Sira is a late 1st century BCE creation; thus, the notion that the OT is 
a pre-Hasmonean creation and prior to the 3rd century BCE is an 
untenable position.

All of the above papers are available, free of charge, as e-mail 
attachments in either RTF or ASCII format.

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Respectfully submitted,

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld
Walldorf by Heidelberg
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