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  •  daveinclieveland, I'm (0+ / 0-)
    actually ignorant of those same laws in cultures that predate any accepted historical appearance in Jewish culture
    And I'd really appreciate it if you could point me to some online study materials to substantiate your statement.

    I mean, yeah, maybe Ashoka (although I forget his dates), but did his culturefield really interact with the mid-east/Mediterranean culture field that was the cradle of Judeao-Christianity?  Mebbe so.  Hook me up with some links, and I'll read 'em.

    •  There were Buddhist teachers at (1+ / 0-)
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      the Library of Alexandria. In Greek they were known as Sarmanoi, from the Sanskrit Sramana (Disciple). The Bactrian Greek kingdom established by one of Alexander's generals converted to Buddhism in the second century BCE, and sent missionaries westward and northward to the Parthians, Scythians, Greeks, and Romans. The first Buddhist missionaries to reach Athens arrived in 13 BCE.

      Buddhism and the Roman world

      Some people think that Buddhist ideas influenced early Christianity, though not Jesus himself.

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      by Mokurai on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:50:21 PM PST

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      •  Not unreasonable to assume (1+ / 0-)
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        We should also remember that Buddhism grew out of the Indian religious scene in a manner not so different from how Christianity grew out of Judaism.  And that Zoroastrianism is not very far removed from the origins of Hinduism.

        Whether or not Buddhist ideas affected Judea or not, Indo-Iranian ideas absolutely did.  The Jews clearly saw the Zoroastrians  as kindred spirits, and did not see their religious tradition as avodah zarah ("foreign worship", i.e., the worship of idols;  I don't want to use the word "pagan" here).  Anything around the End of Days, the various myths and ideas about The Adversary (Hebrew:  satan) are more Iranian than Hebrew, but you can't really talk about either Christianity or Rabbinical Judaism without making reference to them.

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        by mbayrob on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:28:05 AM PST

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