reply to post by Byrd
Very interesting stuff indeed,
A few years ago, we used to have a Univerity of California channel on the local cable system, and I got to see a lecture by a professor of Hebrew
The subject of the lecture was early Hebrew/Jewish history, and a good portion was on the literary origins of the the book of genesis.
The professor was say that if read in Hebrew, the oldest version of genesis shows show distinct "hands", that is to say the two distinct people at
two separate times wrote the book of genesis. I believe that falls into lime with how your source breaks up the book, the same person wrote the
beginning and ewnd, while some one else wrotee the middle.
I wish I'd been able to sees the while lecture and had recorded it as if was very very informative.
One jewel of info he brought up was that it wasn't until the covenant of Moses, could a Hebrew be called a Jew, and that the Hebrew people remained
ploytheistic until well after the construction of the Jerusalem temple, in fact a temple to Baal was built at the same time
The other good part was the discussion on the sociological foundation to some of the rules of Judaism,
some, like the covenant of Moses, are rules by which a large group of people,living in a harsh environment with limited resources, must follow in
order for the group to function on a civil level.
The taboos about pork and shellfish have real world roots, certain shellfish are toxic at certain times of year and pork is hard to cook properly
with limited supplies of hot burning fuel.
One he couldn't come up with a reason for was the ban on wearing linen and wool at the same time, it was mentioned that it might go back to an
ethnic difference among early Hebrew people, nomadic herdsmen vs settled agricultural people.