Articles
 Translation Breakdown
 Translation Consequences
 Translation Limitations
 A Translation Mandate
 A Translation Issue
 Vulnerability Defined
 A Vulnerability
 So what does that mean?
 The Consequent Difference of John
 So What is John?

Series [All]
 Administration
 Confessions of a Jewish Skeptic (4)
 Exploring Translation Theories (25)
 Leaving the Jewish Fold (3)
 Memory and Identity
 Religion and Cultural Memory (51)
 The Creative Word (19)
 The Cross-Cultural Process (7)
 The Oral Gospel Tradition (4)
 We the People (8)

Archive
 

Monday, 12 January 2015
The Myth of Common Ancestry

Judaism, the First Phase: the Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism,
Joseph Blenkinsopp, Eerdmans, 2009, page 18

Building his case slowly, Blenkinsopp continues:

Common ancestry is a belief, a dogma, a shared subjective apprehension not necessarily open to historical verification. It is well known that myths of origin, including myths of ancestral paternity, can also be invented. This may well be the case with the claim to be "children of Abraham", since the traditions about Abraham do not begin to take shape until the time of the exile.

Although he starts cautiously enoung, "not necessarily", his "well known" clearly goes further. He does have a real destination and a point that we need to consider.

Posted By Jonathan, 9:00am Comment Comments: 0