Michael Grondin wrote:
That having been said, I'll continue on with your interesting point:
> why would they stone THOMAS for repeating a blasphemy of JESUS?
Uttering the name of God was blaspheme, whether you were the first
to say it or simply repeating another--according to the Rabbis, it
was the only blaspheme (San.7.6).
We find in the Community Rule:
"If any man has uttered the [Most] Venerable Name even though
frivolously, or as a result of shock or for any other reason
whatever, while reading the Book or blessing, he shall be dismissed
and shall return to the Council of the Community no more."(1QS VI.27-
VII.1, G.Vermes' rendering).
In the list of rules and consequences in 1QS VI.25-VII.18, it is the
only one punished by immediate expulsion.
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