Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 08:39:31 EDT
In a message dated 6/3/03 6:44:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Can we just drop all of this and talk about some things that have some
> connection with faith-science issues?
The debate over the Levitical prohibitions is the biggest threat facing the
churches today. If it generates a little heat, what's the problem? I say the
Levitical prohibitions are sound if a group wants to survive in an age like this:
“The Persian fleet wintered at Miletus and then put to sea again the
following year. The [Ionian] islands near the mainland – Chios, Lesbos, and Lenedos –
were easily subdued. Whenever the Persians took one of the islands, they
‘trawled’ for the inhabitants. Trawling involves forming a chain of men with
linked arms across the island from the northern coast to the southern coast, who
then traverse the whole length of the island hunting people down…When they [the
Persians] had conquered the settlements, they picked the best looking boys and
castrated them, cutting off their testicles and turning them into eunuchs;
they also took the most attractive girls and sent them to the king as slaves.”
Warfare at the time Cyrus the Persian let the people go to rebuild the temple
in Jerusalem was to destroy the ability of a tribe of people to reproduce. I
believe the levitical prohibitions were composed to ensure genetic continuity
- survival in the face of these war tactics. Nomads kept the birth rates high
and kept related family units separated so the whole family couldn't be
massacred into extinction at one time.
"There is a stela in a Cairo museum on which the word Israel first appears in
written form. The son of Ramesses II launched a military expedition to Caanan
and conquered Ashkelon and Gezer, and wrote the famous sentence, `Israel is
spoiled, his seed is not.' That was in 1207 BCE - after the conquest as related
in the Bible."
Obviously, Israel's seed survived to be known as Nehemiah's "holy seed."
Faith in the Levitical prohibitions is scientifically grounded in genetic
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