Re: Deuteronomy 32:8 - according to the number of the children of Israel.
- Dear Arie,
But one can see the possibility of the opposite sequence of the origin
of the readings.
Surely to one or another editor "sons of Israel" could have appeared
anachronistic, even a manifest error (!), since God divided the nations
far before Israel came around. In this sense the gloss "sons of God"
(referring to Noah and his offspring) would have appeared much more
suitable. And, as you mentioned, the frequent LXX gloss "angels of God"
for "sons of God" is hardly unexpected and would merely express the much
later interpretation such as appears in Sirach 17:14 or Daniel 10.
Besides, if you count the number of the "nations" (descendents of Noah)
in Gen 10, it comes out to about 70, which is the number of the
"children" of Israel who went to Egypt, and this may actually be the
connection intended by the author.
Jonathan C. Borland
- No problem. The dual cataloging system for the DSS is absurdly confusing to everybody, probably including the good folks who devised it.
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Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 08:32:49 -0700
Subject: Re: [textualcriticism] Re: 4Q37 and "sons of God"Apparently 4Q37 was the 37th mss recovered from Cave 4, now cataloged as 4QDeut-j, and conflated by none other than yours truly as 4QDeut37. So we can remove that ID number from the list right off! and are back to two DSS mss that contain the phrase in question.Daniel Buck