Wednesday, February 24, 2016

More problems with Deuteronomy

I just wanted to elaborate more on the Book of Deuteronomy (Dvarim), because it is the only book that is inconsistent with the rest of the Written Torah.

For example, names of the places in Numbers 33 is different from what is written in Deuteronomy. Why? Do we have corrupted text? How do we reconstruct the path of their desert journeys? Which names are wrong...?

Another well-known example is Passover. Directions in Exodus 12 are different from Deuteronomy 16:2. What place? Tabernacle? Sure. It says in Numbers 9:1-14 that they kept Passover in the desert, which means that the Tabernacle was involved (as they have already built it). It also says that they slaughtered at the Tabernacle and stay all night by it. See Deuteronomy 16:1-8.

Does this mean that because there is no Tabernacle, we can slaughter Passover at a Synagogue or other place (where God chose His name to dwell)? 

I think this would be logical, as in the absence of the place, we should observe it as they did in Mizraim, as Exodus 12 prescribes it. I think, in this case, the rules of Deuteronomy can't be applied, because there is no place where God dwells. This is why we need to rebuild the Tabernacle so God can show us the place. Tabernacle itself would be a place. God would just show us where to put it.

Please also note that in Deuteronomy 16:2 it says "flock and herd", while in Exodus 12:5 we see another description that does not imply "herd" (only "flock"). This is another clear textual inconsistency.

The account of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is slightly different from the account of Exodus 20. How do we harmonize both passages?

There are other issues as well. For example, as I have discussed in my previous posts, many people think that Torah forces the victim of rape to marry her rapist because this is what it pretty much says in Deuteronomy 22:29. There is clear textual inconsistency in Deuteronomy here, because in Exodus 22:16-17 it clearly says that this is ONLY with the consent of the woman's father (and the woman). As you can see, such textual inconsistencies can be very damaging to Torah reputation.

There are much more inconsistencies that I will address in my later posts.

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