Date: Wed Mar 19 2003 - 07:39:47 EST
In a message dated 3/19/03 1:07:42 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Mmm, I suppose one might be led to enquire in such a circumstance, "What
> theory do you follow in interpreting scripture?" Maybe I'll give that a try
> next time the T word comes up in this context! - Jim Armstrong
When you interpret the actions of the chosen people themselves in Scripture,
you must look through a pastoralist's eyes, but most particularly in the
Torah rather than the entire Bible. Pastoralists wrote the Bible and they
were animal breeders. Pastoralism is not a theory. It's the purview of 4H
clubs. Animal domestication and breeding is not a theory. The earliest
pastoralists to write religious books were the Indo-Aryans, cattle breeders.
The Levites, priestly caste in Judaism sacrifice cattle, not sheep, just like
those earliest known religionists. The greatest symbol in the Bible is the
pastoralist, the shepherd.
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