From your post...The Torah as a stand-alone work became something like manna falling from heaven. It was gobbled up by educated people everywhere, especially Jews of the Diaspora (Hellenized or otherwize). The interpretive keys however remained the exclusive property of the ruling elite.
Charles, when you refer to the "interpretavive keys" I presume you are refering to qabala...but, my understanding of it was that it was a guarded oral tradition...do you thing that the oral tradition..and therefore the indiviaduals in whose minds the tradition resided were soverign property??? or did you have some other thing in mind when you mentiond the interpretive keys?
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