October 1st, 2001
|07:52 pm - bible as literature class|
the old testament is friggin CRAZY! we're haflway thru exodus. everyone is always tricking each other and raping each other and prostituting each other and god doesnt know what the hell's going on and everyone argues with him and he goes along with it and gets mad at people for no reason and it's just nuts. the nicest guy so far has been esau and he got screwed over by everyone, even god. i thought the patriarchs were supposed to be good people....
i hope the rest of the bible is so entertaining.
np: Derek and the Dominoes - Layla
esau was genisis deary.... as was the raping and prostetuting and what not... exodus is just israel being a bunch of retarded rejects.
yeah, i meant everything we've read up to this point
So, that means that by now, that you should have learned about Cain and Abel. Which is my favourite part.
[...I'm not my brother's keeper, was it?...]
o yeah, cain and abel are early on.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
the thing i found interesting about this is that, unlike what i'd always been taught, it never says cain's offering was at all inferior to abel's. it just says "unto cain and to his offering [god] had not respect" and cain got pissed off and god very ineffectively tried to pacify him. a lot of the stuff that just comes thru culture as a bible story is actually not in here at all, it all gets embellished.
it never says cain's offering was at all inferior to abel's.
I always had the impression that Cain didn't have the right attitude when he made offerings. Something like, "Hey God you better appreciate this one because it kicks ass over what abel's giving you.</i>
it doesn't say anything about their attitudes, until after god disrespects cain and he gets mad. just that cain, the farmer, brought god fruit and adam, the shephard, brought him a sheep. i guess god's a meatgan (my friends' answer to vegans: eat only meat products).
I was taught not to be like Cain when I attended church, which comes closer to Maddy's impressions.
Must have been an anomaly in the interpretation of His Teachings.
[...Honest to God...]