Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Noah and Abraham

A post a few weeks ago — Koreans and the Talmud — prompted a reader to send along "another article about Talmudism in S Korea" — Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea. (I chalk it up to Koreans' love of study, and the fact that some think of themselves as the second smartest race after the Jews (cf. Smart Koreans and Jews and Koreans), rather than to any international conspiracy, but I may be wrong.)

What I'm most interested in that a commenter makes mention of Noahidism, "a monotheistic Jewish ideology based on the Seven Laws of Noah, which teaches that "non-Jews are not obligated to convert to Judaism, but they are required to observe" these universal laws. Maimonides was a proponent, and the Chabad Movement launched a Noahide Campaign.

"Briefly, this code forbids non-Jews from murder, blasphemy, idolatry, adultery, robbery, tearing off flesh from a living animal and consuming it, and failing to set up courts of justice to enforce the above laws." Who would disagree with that? Of course, Holy Mother Church seeks salvation for all the children of Noah, but we can see some reflection of this in the incomplete theology of the Jews.

Moving on to a latter patriarch, a post yesterday — Rethinking Ancient History — prompted our colleague at Thursday's Notes to comment, "One blogger who carries on the Diffusion idea is Alice Lindsey in 'Just Genesis.' She sees the Old Testament faith as having roots in the Horite priesthood diffused from the peoples of the Nile (Nilotic). She has a lot of information on this, and some good study of artifact and language, as well as culture, to support her views."

Such perennialist-diffusionist-monogenesist thoughts fit nicely with Henri-Marie Cardinal de Lubac's Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man, the text of which I have just finished reading. I am now reading the appendix of patristic writings, some of which I will post soon.

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