At 08:20 PM 10/31/98 -0400, Stevan Davies wrote:
>In a letter remarkably rude, for him, Bob Schact wrote:
>> And then of course there is the matter of all the mentions of
>> synagogues in Galilee, in all four gospels, such as....
Several others wrote to me off-list who seem to have understood my remarks
the way I intended them to be understood, but I am sorry that my attempt at
banter was misperceived, and apologize to you for any maladroit rudeness on
>1. The Evangelists thought that there surely were synagogues
>in Galilee as in the myriad regions inhabited in part by Ioudaioi.
>They were mistaken except insofar as places with large populations
>probably held synagogues for Ioudaioi as was the case in most
>places outside Judea. One does not assume, I think, that the
>Evangelists were familiar with Galilee and its customs and
>the architectural features of its villages.
>2. There were places of assembly in Galilee called "places of
>assembly" by Greek speaking people. Jesus spoke at such
>places. Not unreasonble to think.
>Yet the presumption that if there was a 'synagogue' we know
>from that fact that 'in that synagogue they studied the Law
>of the Judeans with reverence' does not follow.
My post on this issue, which crossed yours in cyberspace, deals with these
matters somewhat. Thanks for your response.
"Grace danceth. I would pipe; dance ye all. Amen. To the Universe belongs
the Dancer -- Amen. He who does not dance does not know what happens -- Amen.
Now if you follow my dance, see yourself in Me who am speaking. . . .
You who dance, consider what I do, for yours is this passion of Man which I
am to suffer. For you could by no means have understood what you suffer if
I had not been sent to you, as Logos of the Father."
--The Acts of John, Chapters 94-96