posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 05:55 PM
Actually there are other viewpoints, including the one that goes: the clan god of the Jews is a clear reflection of the racist, xenophobic, sexist,
contradictory, violent, superstitious, pre-scientific, gullible and impossibly arrogant pre- and post-Exilic 'semi-nomadic' groups that placed such
paleoHebrew words into his mouth, rather than coming from an actual living being.
A close-reading of the paleo Hebrew texts of the socalled 'Old Testament' (and a working knowledge of the Samaritan Pentateuch, the proto-Masoretic
text, the Hebrew and Aramaic Vorlag (underlay) to the Septuaginta (Greek OT, aka LXX) and the various contradictory copies of the Hebrew
'scriptures' found amongst the jumbled fragments of the Dead Sea Scroll material at Qumran (sealed up in 68CE during the 1st failed Jewish War
against Rome, as sort of a Time Capsule of what the state of all the MSS of the 'bible' looked like around the time of R. Yehoshua bar Yosef the
Galilean Nazir, Gr. Ieous, aka 'Jeeezuzz' to American Christians) will show you at a glance (along with a study of what remains of Origen's
HEXAPLA) that we are not dealing with a single document (no matter what modern day Rabbi tries to tell you about the socalled midiaeval Masoretic text
being 'authoritative', which single pointed (vowelled) text version in fact derives from a SINGLE MS from Leningrad arond 960CE i.e. much later than
the Dead Sea Scrolls !) .
So the argument that 'the bible says it...' begs the question, WHICH bible since the oldest texts contained NO VOWELLS (then try reading it !!) and
moreober there were at least 5 versions of the Hebrew scriptures circulating in antiquity, with as much as 20% of a letter-by-letter difference
As for the New Testament, we are dealing with 5446 Greek MSS no two of which are exactly alike. And the 'quotations' of the Hebrew Scriptures in
Greek translations are also reflective of other stranger versions of the Old Testament (e.g. in the 1st canonical gospel i.e. 'of Matthew' whoever
he was) which are otherwise un-attested by any material evidence, even among the Dead Sea Scrolls cave time capsules.
So, to posit ONE HOLY BOOK out of such a mish-mash of contradictory manuscript evidence now having come to light among even the general public (if
they only bothered to look at the evidence for themselves, and learn a little about the original languages these texts were written in, which very
very very very very few so-called 'bible believers' ever do !) would be shall we say, epistomelogically 'incoherent' to say the least !