Serafina, origin of and angels
abhillel at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 29 09:37:09 EST 2001
>From: M Elizabeth Parks <meparks at mtholyoke.edu>
>p.s. Gili, it's so cool that you know all that. I at least was
>interested. How do you know that? Is that from going to church or
>personal interest or do they <sighs jealously> actually teach religion in
>the schools over there?
I'm glad you're interested because I was begining to worry that this
off-topic thread is getting a bit long. But I think it's more or less tying
itself off here.
A lot of what I wrote (like the difference between "el" and "elohim") just
comes from my grasp of the Hebrew language. There are quite a few
differences between the Hebrew of antiquity and modern Hebrew, but the two
are probably closer than Shakespearean English and Modern English.
Some of what I wrote comes from Bible studies, which are indeed part of the
regular school curriculum for all schoolchildren in Israel from second grade
on. My school was a secular school, so the focus in later years was more on
the Bible as literature, and less on religious aspects. Otherwise I doubt we
would have been taught about the theory of the two creation myths, which
assumes that the book of Genesis was once two books, one written at a later
period in time, that were sort of edited together even later in history.
Religion would have it that the Genesis we read today was passed down
verbatim from God to Moses on mount Moriah.
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