Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament
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24-04-2014, 12:02 PM
RE: Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament
1. It exists.

There are others? Tongue

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24-04-2014, 08:20 PM
RE: Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament
Following on from Bucky's post, an excerpt from my book that covers this:

“By exaggerating a shared ancestral legacy through the patriarchal narratives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—a story that also emphasized a common origin for the differing religious beliefs—Josiah and his priests started to blend together the texts, legends and religious traditions of the northern kingdom of Israel with those of Judah and their god, Yahweh. As a way to exercise greater influence, Josiah made his Davidic dynasty the focal point of the monotheistic religious cult of Yahweh and made the Temple in Jerusalem—which the House of David just coincidently happened to control—the center of sacrificial worship. By using these religio/socio-political tactics—a manufactured family history with a religious common denominator as a historical justification to rule over Israel—Josiah was able to rally the people and consolidate their support behind him as their king by divine right. It was these political forces, at work in the eighth and seventh centuries BCE, which put the biblical saga into its original context as a propaganda document for national unity.”

Linda blurted out, “The Bible is not political propaganda!”

“You wanna bet? That is precisely the correct term to describe the origins of the Bible, and biblical scholars would humbly disagree with your objection. Jeff picked up a book filled with sticky notes and lots of high-lighted passages and began to read. “As stated in The Bible Unearthed:

Quote:The key to understanding the passion and power of the Bible’s great historical saga is recognition of the unique time and place in which it was initially composed. Our story now approaches that great moment in religious and literary history, because it was only after the fall of Israel that Judah grew into a fully developed state with the necessary complement of professional priests and trained scribes able to undertake such a task. When Judah suddenly faced the non-Israelite world on its own, it needed a defining and motivating text. That text was the historical core of the Bible, composed in Jerusalem in the course of the seventh century BCE.

Therefore, despite the devout beliefs of those from the Judeo-Christian tradition, the original books of the Hebrew Bible were written with a very specific political agenda in mind, and wishing it to be otherwise won’t make it so.”

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28-04-2014, 02:45 AM
RE: Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament
I only have 3

The Beginning
The End
The Bit in Between

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28-04-2014, 09:06 AM
RE: Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament
(24-04-2014 12:02 PM)Impulse Wrote:  1. It exists.

There are others? Tongue

Unfortunately, yes.

2: People actually believe it.
3: People who believe it regard it as a source of morals.
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