Bikkurim

 
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22 March 2010 10:48
 

Bikkurim is again a book of the Talmud. Let me suggest the notes associatable to it by the SAB-system:

First a note must be inserted   that the wording is very important. Here the most important thing is when it says “man” it means “male human”, and not “human”. (If the meaning shall be limited further, that’ll depend on other tractates.)

Otherwise the book is again very technical, and talks about a certain kind of offering (aka. sacrifice), what can not be practiced without a Temple (so even when the Talmud was compiled into written form, this was not practiced since hundreds of years).
Note to this: The last chapter of Bikkurim is about a whole other matter, but the edition of the Talmud put that here, because the theme applies the same logic as the laws of the Bikkurim-offerings’.

Another note on this tractate, that it mentions that the religion is inherited through the mother of the person.

Ch.1.Ms.5.
Category: Intolerance / Injustice
text: A WOMAN WHO IS A DAUGHTER OF A PROSELYTE MAY NOT MARRY A PRIEST UNLESS HER MOTHER WAS HERSELF AN ISRAELITE WOMAN. [THIS LAW APPLIES EQUALLY TO THE OFFSPRING] WHETHER OF PROSELYTES OR FREED SLAVES, EVEN TO TEN GENERATIONS, UNLESS THEIR MOTHER IS AN ISRAELITE.
Explanation: As you can see, if you’re not a “real jew”, then you’ll suffer restrictions for it.

Note to Ch.2.Ms.2.: You remember how proud the jews/christians are on they ancient hygiene-practices? Here you can see, that they did not always washed hand before eating!

Ch.2.Ms3.
Category: Absurdity
text: AND APPLY TO ALL PRODUCE BOTH DURING AND AFTER TEMPLE TIMES,20 AND [TO PRODUCE GROWN] BY TENANTS, LESSEES, HOLDERS OF CONFISCATED PROPERTY AND ROBBERS
Explanation: so even such unlawful profession like robbers have they own set of rules for sacrifises? As they were obviously not arrested immediately when bringing this, this is supporting lawbreakers. The mentality: as long as you pay good enough, we won’t judge you - is immoral.

Ch.2.Ms.7
Category: Interpretation
text: 7. THE BLOOD OF A HUMAN BEING38 IS LIKE TO THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS IN THAT IT RENDERS SEEDS SUSCEPTIBLE [TO LEVITICAL IMPURITY]39 AND [LIKE TO] THE BLOOD OF A REPTILE, NO CULPABILITY IS INCURRED ON ACCOUNT THEREOF.40
Explanation: The footnotes clearly suggest: you can shed as many human blood as you want, there is no restriction. (This forbids cannibalism-practice of blood of “human beings”. But the nonjew nations (goyim) are considered humans?) Also be aware that it at least suggetx that human blood = reptilian blood (now how scientific that is?).

Ch.3.Footnote 1.
Category: Science
text: The fruits had to be fully ripe when they were brought (Deut. XXVI, 10) but not necessarily at the time of their designation.
Explanation: As you see there is no divine law out there, and nature follows its own rules, not some god’s designations!

Ch.3.Ms.12.
Category: Injustice
text: IN THAT HE CAN PURCHASE THEREWITH SLAVES
Explanation: So the Talmud advocates slavery too.

Ch.4.Ms.4.
Category: Women
text: LIKE WOMEN, TOO, HE IS DISQUALIFIED FROM ACTING AS A WITNESS.
Explanation: So women are secondary citizens, who can not be witnesses.

Ch.4.Ms.5.
Category: Interpretation
text: AND WHEREIN IS HE (a hermaphrodite) LIKENED NEITHER TO MEN NOR WOMEN?
Explanation: Uhm, what happened here with the “God created humans to men and women” statement? Hermaphrodites considered humans by the Talmud, but neither men, nor women.

Ch.4.Ms.5.
Category: Interpretation:
text: BUT THIS IS NOT SO WITH ONE OF DOUBTFUL SEX
Explanation: I have absolutely no idea who the Talmud is referring to. There can be men, women, hermaphrodites - but what are those “one of doubtful sex”?

[ Edited: 10 May 2010 12:03 by twillight]