Re: [ANE-2] A Rose by any name
Thanks for clarifying that.
Well, list, I apologize. I'm sure Trudy is right, and not the one confused.
However, a few things are stuck in my mind from reading parts of a couple of
Jacob Neusner's books while in the library. Since he seems to have a long
series of books about the Jews in Babylonia, I picked up in the middle or
later. For one thing, I was amazed and distracted by some of the silly
things the people would do... they simply were not educated people. A story
of Sholem Aleichem comes to mind... However, as Neusner pointed out, they
were interested in learning to follow God so they would not be carried off
captive from their homeland again, once they returned home, and they looked
to the rabbis. The Rabbis were not official priests, but were teachers, as
well as "leading men" who would go about seeing that walls were not about to
fall over & so on.
I did not recall this was in Persian times, and I don't think this was
particularly emphasized by Neusner, who was more focused on what the Jewish
citizens were doing. <sigh> I wish I could remember EVERYTHING.
On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:52 AM, Trudy Kawami <
> Why would a Babylonian king try to impose the worship of Ahura Mazda in--
> place of Marduk or other Babylonian deity? And how could he do this
> when the Mazda-worshipping Persians had not yet conquered Babylon? I am
> more than a bit confused.
> Trudy Kawami, NYC
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> Joan Griffith
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> I think that a BAR article about Ekron archeology, which as I recall
> included a picture of a trough for pressing olives, made the point that
> people were removed rather than left in the land to make olive oil and
> tribute. The olives were abandoned...
> In fact, according to one of Jacob Neusner's histories, the people were
> taken to Babylon because the king wanted more people to develop the
> He also attempted to meld the peoples by making one calendar official
> (whereas all the towns & villages had had their own private calendars)
> one god--the Zoroastrian fire god. The Rabbis in this era began to
> laws (Talmud) in order to enforce Jews remaining Jews and not
> with the other Babylonians. Neusner said the Jews were in and out of the
> other people's homes--it sounded like next door neighbors of today! --
> they actually were happy there.
> Joan H Griffith
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"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one." E.B.
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