What Amos knew

theoutwardquest

I am just going to think out loud for a while.

Yesterday I mentioned that Amos 5:25 implies that some version of Deuteronomy was known to Amos. That verse is a rhetorical question:

 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel? (World English Bible).

It implies a negative answer.  Israel did not bring God sacrifices during the wilderness period.  This accords with Jeremiah 7:22

 For I didn’t speak to your fathers, nor command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices (World English Bible).

Now if you have read Exodus, Numbers, and Leviticus you get a very different impression.   Numbers 7, for instance, describes the making of a huge number of sacrifices in the wilderness,.  This comes from the inclusion of the Priestly narrative, which is now fused with other sources…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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