An obscure passage from the Babylonian Talmud possibly about the gospel(s).
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:35 pm
What is the following Talmudic passage about?
- What are the Be Abedan and the Be Nizrefe? R. Travers Herford suggests on pages 167-170 that Be Abedan is ᾠδεῖον (= odeum), a kind of Greco-Roman hall for the performance of music, filtered punningly through the root אבד (= "to destroy"), and that Be Nizrefe is a meeting place for the Notsrim (= the Talmudic name for Christians/Nazoraeans), filtered punningly through the root צרפ (= "to unite"). These are weird hypotheses, but the terms themselves are also weird, and their meaning is not at all clear. Are these the best guesses? Or are there better?
- Is there some gospel or other heretical book (from a Jewish point of view) which says that sons and daughters are to inherit equally? Is there, for that matter, some gospel or other heretical book (from a Jewish point of view) which contains both the assertion, "I came neither to destroy nor to add to the law of Moses," and the precept that daughters are not to inherit where there are sons? Is this equality of inheritance between the sexes merely an extension of what one might find, say, in Galatians 3.28 ("not male and female"), or in equivalent sectarian literature?