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A very interesting proposition. What is most striking is that the Torah and Tihkun, (What is now referred to by Christians as the Old Testament) For dozens of generations in ancient Israel was transmitted not as writings, but orally. For those who read Hebrew, many of the books of the OT are written in a verse form which makes it easier to pass on from generation to generation. While it takes alot of jumbling to make the verse stand out in English or other modern languages, in Hebrew it is quite melodic, (at least to the Hebrew speaking ear.) Much of the parsha, or the segment of the Torah reading I learned for my Bar-Mitzvah was made easier because it is proclaimed in the Synagoge in the same fashion as at a Solemn Liturgy in a Western or Eastern Catholic Church, ie with a melody that is used Liturgically. While the Hebrew has an easier melody than the Latin or Greek, (liturgically) it makes the memorization of the text easier.

You will note in films of Madras’ (Muslim Koranic Schools) the children bobbing as they recite the Koran, using the same priciple of melody to memorize the text as I learned in Hebrew school as a kid. Although I don’t see the Koran as inspired, it is another example of how God has made in creation the same themes and developments in mankind regardless of exposure to the Truth, something inate that drives us to look outside of ourselves and seek out God, and rituals to unite ourselves with God, even when we do not know about His Revelation in the Scriptures and the Oral Tradition of the Church He founded.