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And they inherit man's great centuries-
The trump of time
With breath sublime,
When honor's prize
With honor dies,
(For tyrants' use
And priests' abuse)
That they may see
What will the world be, when at last the dawn
And sudden change
As great as strange,
In this assured belief I fight forlorn
But conquering fears
Shed blood for tears
Now the Future Buddha ... thought to him elf, “I will take just one look at my son"... Within the chamber ... the mother of Rahula lay sleeping, ... her hand resting on the head of her son ...
“If I were to raise my wife's hand from off the child's head, and take him up, she would awake, and thus prevent my departure. I will first become a Buddha, and then come back and see my son.” So saying, he descended from the palace.
-Introduction to the Jataka, Warren's translation.
The best-loved man that ever trod
The ancient earth, is he who taught
Man's peace is won, nirvana bought.
Through fifty sacrificial years
He lived his sweetly even life,
Of her he'd loved too well—his wife.
To all he brought nirvana's rest,
So could not spare a single heart
A disproportionable part.
For Buddha, like the Jewish saint
And every saintly soul agrees
Would murmur: Love your enemies.
She wore her life away in sorrows,
Making her perfect sacrifice
She, more than others, knew the price
At which the world might be redeemed;
She even trained her orphaned son-
But first-fruits of nirvana won
And gave him to her faithless lord,
His faithless father, bade him prove A faithful follower of the Word,
Forgetting home and mother's love.
What shall she have for recompense
Of so great sacrifice that shook The deep foundations of her sense?
Some mention in a Pali book.
And what is his reward: That still
Through twenty centuries and five, While men forget his mastered will
And love, they keep his name alive;
That all his myriad following
From Singapore to Kandahar, From Lion Island to Peking,
Cares little what his teachings are.
Oh, tragedy the soul to flay,
That through all near and distant lands Though many study, preach, and pray
Scarce one is found who understands!
There may be persons who believe
One woman's deep-devoted soul Would, in eternal justice' sieve,
Outsift this more diluted whole.
No! He must sacrifice— 'twas known
To Buddha, as to every other
(Small task!) but son and wife and mother,
THE DECALOGUE, A PROBLEM IN ETHICAL
WILLIAM FREDERIC BADÈ
Among the earliest aids to memory used by the ancients were ten-finger memorials, or decalogues. They are formularies employed in given circles to summarize those practices upon which the social conscience laid most emphasis. The makers and codifiers of Israel's laws likewise made use of this device. But no social conscience ever has, or had, a static content, and that of Israel was no exception. The religion of Israel knew more than one decalogue, and at least two variant editions of the same decalogue. They may be regarded as products of different cultural environments, as well as the successive points of emphasis of different stages of ethical-religious development. One may raise the question, too, whether particular religious groups, like the Rechabites, may not have had their own set of commandments.?
* Copyright, 1914, by William Frederic Badè.
1 The gradual displacement of oral by literary tradition seems to have brought the number twelve, also, into favor for mnemonic purposes, for it seems probable that there were dodecalogues. One such is found in Dt. 27:14-26, as Gressmann has pointed out. Cf. Göttinger Bibelwerk, II, 1, p. 235 f.
2 The writer is indebted to Prof. C. B. Bradley for the suggestion that pentalogues probably were employed before decalogues. A Rechabitic pentalogue may be contained in Jer. 35: (1) Thou shalt not drink wine. (2) Thou shalt not build a house. (3) Thou shalt not ow seed. (4) Thou shalt not own a vineyard. (5) Thou shalt not own or till a field.
Considerations like these suggest the difficulties that present themselves when one attempts to find a definite place for the decalogue in the ethical development of the Hebrews. Whoever assigns a place to it in the scheme of development, thereby assumes the responsibility of fixing the period of its chronological origin. About this, however, there still is much diversity of opinion, although its Mosaic origin, in any of the forms in which it has come down to us, may be regarded as abandoned by most Old Testament scholars. Further investigation, we believe, will establish as certain that the decalogue embodies within itself the products of different developments that did not have the same origins. In other words, the decalogue is itself the outcome of a long and complex development. That commands against the use of images in worship and against stealing should have had a simultaneous origin is incredible to a student of ethical origins.
If this be true, an inquirer into the origin of the decalogue must seek to determine whether there was a sufficiently long pre-Mosaic Hebrew ethical development to have made possible the compilation of such a set of precepts in the fourteenth century B.C. For it is only the form and arrangement of the decalogue, not the origination of the ethical obligations it expresses, that could at best be attributed to Moses. The wrong of murder, theft, false witness, and adultery required no special revelation even in his days. Such acts had been penalized in the Hammurabi Code a thousand years earlier, and are among the commonplaces of prayers and confessions in other early literature of Egypt and Babylonia. Hebrew tradition itself assumed that the religion of Jahveh had stigmatized such acts as sins from the remotest antiquity.
3 To mention only a few: Kuenen, W. R. Smith, Wellhausen, Stade, Smend, Baentsch, Marti, Holzinger, Cornill, Oort, Addis, s. A. Cook, Montefiore, Guthe, Thomas, Steuernagel, Matthes, McNeile, H. P. Smith, G. F. Moore, Bertholet.
Among defenders of the Mosaic origin are König, Lotz, Driver, Kittel, Wildeboer, Sellin, Eerdmans.