Re: Infant murder in I Sam 15

Date: Wed Dec 18 2002 - 17:44:09 EST

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    In a message dated 12/18/02 4:57:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

    > The Israelites' understanding of God and His ways appears to be less
    > complete than that of the NT writers, but the NT writers formed their

    Yes, there was a general dissatisfaction in the NT period with the Temple
    sacrificial system which was a tripartite sacrifical system such as hinduism.
    People in the NT period looked back to the pure religion before the
    tripartite system which had only arisen during the conquest of the landed
    agricultural states by pastoralists. Toynbee remarks that this polluted the
    religion of the primeval shepherds with the baggage of social stratification.
    I base part of that remark on melchizedek a mythological figure who comes
    from a time before social stratification when priests and kings were not
    different social strata but the priest was the king (melchi-zedek,
    king/priest) and there was no social stratification. This dissatisfaction is
    strongly attested in Hebrews 7.
    Even in genesis it has been suggested that the refence to melchizedek is an
    interpolation placed there by solomon to induce the tribes to embrace the
    sacrificial system, the levitical priesthood and the capital at jerusalem
    because they didn't want a kingdom, they were tribal people.

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