Sunday, June 15, 2008
[the land of milk and honey]
This Saturday morning Jews all over the world will read the account of the Twelve Spies (Numbers 13 and 14) in their synagogues.
The story is basically as follows: After leaving Egypt, receiving the Torah and building the Tabernacle, the Israelites are poised to enter the Land of Canaan. However, at the last moment, they mutiny and refuse to invade. It’s as if all 200,000 troops involved in the Normandy Landings refused to go at the last minute. God punishes the Israelites by forcing them to remain in the desert for forty years.
In my humble opinion, a story like this clearly validates the authenticity of the Torah narrative. Why would this story have been falsified? Why would the entire Jewish people have accepted it as fact? Why would some Jewish priest have sat in the Temple 2,700 years ago and fabricate this story from thin air? How would the Jewish people have reacted when presented with this never before heard story? “Oh, this is wonderful! Our ancestors were all cowards! That is so plausible!”
The correct explanation seems to be obvious: The Torah is true.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 2:11 PM