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Re: Deuteronomy 32:8 - according to the number of the children of Israel.

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  • jonathancborland
    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
    Message 1 of 40 , May 4, 2012
      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.

      Sincerely,

      Jonathan C. Borland
    • Dave Washburn
      No problem. The dual cataloging system for the DSS is absurdly confusing to everybody, probably including the good folks who devised it. Dave Washburn
      Message 40 of 40 , May 12, 2012
        No problem. The dual cataloging system for the DSS is absurdly confusing to everybody, probably including the good folks who devised it.

        Dave Washburn
        http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
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        To: textualcriticism@yahoogroups.com
        From: bucksburg@...
        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



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