The Torah’s adaptation of a polytheistic ancient West-Semitic custom of sacrificing to seventy gods.
The Book of Exodus begins with an accounting of the members of Jacob's family who went with him to Egypt. Our Torah, the Masoretic Text, lists 70 people. Dead Sea Scroll manuscript 4QExb, however, records 75 people. How do we account for this and other differences between the texts?
Marc Zvi Brettler