Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Moshe's Missing Part II

Earlier we discussed why moshe's missing from this week's parsha (or is it last week's?) now we're going to give an explanation that doesnt need any extra conversations with moshe and G-d that aren't written in the torah.

Maybe the reason moshe isn't written about in this part of the torah is because... there was nothing to say about him! plus, if you remember that moshe himself wrote the torah after being divinely inspired by G-d, you'll realize that this makes the most sense. Historian David Irving says that G-d doesn't normally talk to people, and I believe him with no emperical evidence to the contrary.

Or maybe Moshe simply felt guilty. As he was writing everything, he's like, "Man, my name is in here a lot. But if I take it out once, it will look like G-d wrote it and took my name out once as a punishment or something! Sweet!" Either way, it's a whole lot better than relying on some fantastical midrash when you don't have to. Right Alex?

Is it perfect? Of course not. Nothing is perfect. However, the obvious benefit of this approach is that it gives us a way to reconcile the facts of the Torah with the facts of history and the facts of archeology. Yes, it means ignoring midrashim and Rashi and mesorah, but this alteration is fully in keeping with the accepted meaning of the heteronym and avoiding using crazy rabbinic stories.

6 Comments:

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Godol Hador said...

This isn't very realistic. All the words are spelt correctly. How about some 'rediculous sentances'?

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger blueenclave said...

1 thumb up.

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger blueenclave said...

Good job to think of something that "everybody knows" instead of a more obscure midrash. "The Midrash Says" really has nothing outrageously literal for this week.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Ezzie said...

GH - That's what I noticed too! :) Of course, it's really hard to misspell all the time...

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger DovBear said...

Not when you have the gift.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger DovBear said...

Not when you have the gift.

 

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