Re: Numerics

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Sun Jun 05 2005 - 17:56:37 EDT

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  From: David Bradford
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  Subject: Re: Numerics

  For the sake of progress I am happy to withdraw the comments about the Hebrew language preceding creation. I am certainly not a YEC, but then you would have difficulty putting me into any existing category. Suffice to say that I am Christian by upbringing and by preference, but I have a great deal of admiration for Jewish tradition (which does not extend to Israeli politics). The comments of which you disapprove come from one particular aspect of Judaism; but it is an interesting question all the same. What language did God use when He said, "Let there be .."? That, by the way, is rhetorical. I do not want to tie up useful discussion time on irrelevancies.

  John 1:1-3 might help to answer your rhetorical question.

  A related matter: Raymond Brown told of a rabbinic discussion about how much of the law God actually spoke as audible words at Sinai. Some said the whole thing. Some said just the Ten Commandments. One rabbi suggested that God needed to say only "I am YHWH your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: You shall have no other gods before me," and that Moses was given to understand the rest without audible words. Another argued that God actually spoke just the first word of that - "I," 'anokhi. But finally one rabbi declared that God needed to speak only the first letter of the law. That letter is aleph, a smooth breathing. So the only sound that was uttered was .

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