Passages relating to the Teacher of Righteousness.

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Re: Passages relating to the Teacher of Righteousness.

Post by Joseph D. L. » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:22 pm

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How would Ezra work with counting the 390 years (CD-A, column 1, lines 5-6) from the time of the Babylonian captivity? I know that ancient chronologies can be sloppy and inexact, but to squeeze 390 years into a century and a half or thereabouts seems pretty extreme to me.
The DSSs are not historical documents. They are religious documents. It's the same with the Book of Daniel. So such a temporal discrepancy is not an issue.

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Re: Passages relating to the Teacher of Righteousness.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:41 pm

Joseph D. L. wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:22 pm
Ben C. Smith wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:34 pm

How would Ezra work with counting the 390 years (CD-A, column 1, lines 5-6) from the time of the Babylonian captivity? I know that ancient chronologies can be sloppy and inexact, but to squeeze 390 years into a century and a half or thereabouts seems pretty extreme to me.
The DSSs are not historical documents. They are religious documents. It's the same with the Book of Daniel. So such a temporal discrepancy is not an issue.
So what do the 390 years mean, in your judgment? It is a cardinal rule of historical inquiry that it does not take historical documents to grant a peek into historical events.
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Re: Passages relating to the Teacher of Righteousness.

Post by Joseph D. L. » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:37 pm

Ben C. Smith wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:41 pm
So what do the 390 years mean, in your judgment? It is a cardinal rule of historical inquiry that it does not take historical documents to grant a peek into historical events.
In this case it wouldn't mean anything. Either a miscalculation, interpolation, or the like.

Unless it's referring to the period of the Septuagint, as much of the Deuteronocanonical texts appear at that time, and Ezra is just a second Moses: a mythical figure the Teacher promoted as a model to follow. But I chose the first option above.

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Re: Passages relating to the Teacher of Righteousness.

Post by Ben C. Smith » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:48 pm

Joseph D. L. wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:37 pm
Ben C. Smith wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:41 pm
So what do the 390 years mean, in your judgment? It is a cardinal rule of historical inquiry that it does not take historical documents to grant a peek into historical events.
In this case it wouldn't mean anything. Either a miscalculation, interpolation, or the like.
I see.
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