This Week’s Newsletter

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVI No 10

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  • Le révérend HAWKINS Peter M.,

    I visited Saint Anne d’Auray for Lent 2 and the following are the notes I made on the serment, which was in Malagasy French:-
    The sermon given by the Dean who is a Malagasy, focussed on the historicity of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, and so showed his lack of competence in this area of study. As he is an African he should have started from there and dealt with the African Aspects of Moses and the customs gained by the Hebrews whilst in Egypt, Circumcision, worship of Hathor etc;
    The Bible contains History and historical reference, but the episode of Moses is omitted from any Egyptian narrative probably because it was unimportant and a defeat. The date of Moses and the Exodus is thought to be about 1250 BC and occurred as they crossed the salt marsh of the river of Egypt on the Mediterranean coast of the Isthmus of Suez. Hollywood please note!
    The penitential 40 year sojourn in the Desert contains the gift of the Decalogue, which the Dean referred to. This is problematic, and the style of the Decalogue is that of a Hittite Treaty of a High King with a smaller one, and it contains the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, Sabbatu, a Sumerian word and practice unknown before the Babylonian Exile 6th Cent BC. So it was not very inspiring and like my fellows, we were not helped by his Malagasy accent.