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Wow…there’s so much I’ve yet to learn/unlearn and uncover. So, you’re saying that observing Passover and performing circumcision are possibly not a Torah requirement, per the original writings of Moses?? Looking forward to more of your stuff!

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Mar 4Liked by Question Truth!

Amazing investigative work. I’ve always had this nagging feeling that the path to the truth keeps going. I wonder what else changed after if the Judaeans were actually the ones that went rogue. At least, earlier than they portray in there version. Also, I just ordered a Samaritan Tanakh. Praise YHWH.

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Mar 12·edited Mar 12Author

Thanks again and forgive my delayed response! The Samaritan Torah is great, but not the original. Definitely much older then the Masoretic text though!

Frankly my current perspective is that the scroll of Deuteronomy discovered by Wilhelm Moses Shapira in the late 1800s was likely (to me currently) the original version.

See https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html for a good treatment of this.

At some point I'll get around to proposing the reasons I believe this explains some of the strange stories in the Torah, such as Passover disappearing after the first two years in the wilderness and the story of the late circumcision of the young Hebrew males after entering the land.

Both of these practices in my opinion were innovations that did not exist in the original writings of Moses and were added later by religious authorities.

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Feb 18Liked by Question Truth!

This is the exact same conclusion I have come to as well!! Thank you for posting, you presented a strong case. I also think the Samaritans have a strong case, but it's great to see third party analysis.

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Thanks Yishai! I wrote these articles several years ago and just starting publishing them to substack to reduce my own website maintenance. I have another dozen or so articles to republish so keep an eye on this!

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