RE: [XTalk] Hermeneutical Skepticism: Unwarranted, (now) arguments from silence?
- Karel Hanhart wrote:
> Let me clarify the difference between a bios and a haggadahBut in the all important matter of how text relates to reality, Leviticus,
> another way. One would not call the books of Exodus,
> Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy a 'bios' of Moses,
> although Moses is the protagonist in all of them. The
> subject of the Torah is the deliverance from slavery in
> Egypt, the establishment of the Covenant and the treck to
> the promised land, celebrated in the Passover ritual in Egypt,
> the Passover in the desert and the Passover under Joshua,
> after he crossed the Jordan river. Mark begins his Haggadah
> at the Jordan river. . . .
Numbers, and Deuteronomy have a lot more in common with what you're calling
a "hellenistic bios" than with your own peculiar understanding of
"haggadah". The writers (proto-tradents), compilers, and first-century
readers of the Torah believed that these books related actual events, and
that they did so in plain language.
John C. Poirier