|13 months ago :: May 30, 2012 - 1:56PM #51|
Ed2: The story of Moses making the copper serpent may in fact be a much later story that was edited into the text of the Torah as a way of explaining how people came to worship the copper serpent.
SOT:At last, the right questions are being answered!!
ED2:You see, archaeologists find figures of snakes all over the place. We know from our own day that snakes are seen as a symbol of healing--think about the staff of Asclepius--the symbol of the American Medical Association. A snake wrapped around a staff. Sound familiar?
SOT: Once again, he's correct. Snakes are a common idol in the ancient world.
Ed2:The Greeks, like the Egyptians, and the Canannites, and the Hebrews all saw snakes as symbols of healing. They can shed their skin and be renewed! Their venom can kill, but also has healing properties. Even today, Antivenin is made from the venom itself.
SOT: YES! Finally some simple facts are being introduced. These facts will lead to the right conclusions....
Ed2:Why should this matter? It matters because if, in fact, the story of the snakes and the statue and the magic were in fact edited in to the Torah along with other stories and events,
SOT:Bingo! Ed hits it dead on the copperhead.
Now that we know the origin of Numbers 21, what does this teach us about the Writing Committee of the FDS?
The Society accepted this suspect chapter without question. No divine warnings? No angel appearing to Ray Franz and the other memebers of the NWT Committee?
These men would rather take the word of Catholic and Protestant teachers than do their own scholar work...
Q:What does this tell us about the purity of the bible?
Questions that no fundamental christian dare answer....
|13 months ago :: Jun 02, 2012 - 11:39PM #52|
SOT, I just wanted to make it clear that I wasn't correct about anything. I was just providing an alternative point of view on the matter by Rabbi Seymour Rossel.