Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Also of note:
Writing in the Dust: Irony and Lynch-Law in the Gospel of John
Celsus, the First Nietzsche:
Resentment and the Case Against Christianity
Thomas F. Bertonneau
Interview With Girard
Don't forget Eric Gans' "Chronicles of Love & Resentment"
Monday, January 30, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Similarly, midrash Genesis Rabbah (1:1) actually opens by declaring that the first word of the verse means "with the Torah" and it suggests that the Divine Architect used the Torah as a blueprint. (Cf. Philo, De opificio mundi 17-20 and John 1:1)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The beginning of Genesis is not about the creation of the world, in the Intelligent Design sense, but about God entering into relationship with humanity.
So this is my hypothesis regarding Genesis 1:1-2. I realize it will need quite a bit more documentation and expansion.
Proverbs 3:19-20 says:
19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. 20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
In light of Proverbs 3:19 should Genesis 1:1-2 be translated “With/By/In wisdom Elohim created the heaven and the earth. The earth became chaos and vacant and darkness was on the surface of the deep/chaos and the spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.”
Okay I’m on a roll here. On to Genesis 1:3. With the help of John 1:1-5 I think we might be able to translate this differently. Of course this is all being done with my handy interlinear bible software from Scripture4All. What we learn from John is that in the beginning was the Word. All things were made by him. In him was life; and the life was the light of men and most importantly, the light shineth in the darkness. What I’m going to propose isn’t original as evidenced by this Google search. I propose that Genesis 1:3 could be translated as “And Elohim said, Let him be light: and he was light.”
I need to do quite a bit more work on this. The symbolism in Genesis is incredible. I’m collecting quite a bit of evidence regarding all this. Give me your thoughts.
Background on the Biblical term "Skandalon". Keep in mind Bailie's "Gehenna" when reading the below on "Skandalon"
Girard and Skandalon
Skandalon in the N.T.
Satan and Scandal
Scandal Must Come
Skandalon in Matthew
All via Girardian Lectionary
I think I'll have to refer back to this material in upcoming posts. Especially Gil Bailie's insights into the meaning of Gehenna.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Still doing research on the implications of the possible translations of the Greek word "katabole".
An unacknowledged problem at the heart of Western Christian biblical study is that the Church, and especially the Western Church, has as its Scriptures the Jewish canon and text of the Old Testament, when the evidence shows clearly that the earliest Church used very different Scriptures.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
So here's the situation. I'm doing research regarding the phrase "foundation of the world" and I discover that the Greek word translated "foundation" could be translated as "disruption", "casting down" or "overthrow. This isn't the first time Biblical translation has troubled me. I'm referencing the translations of the phrase "wrath of God". The Girardian Lectionary has a page regarding the mistranslation of the "Wrath of God" in Romans. I just wish I had studied Greek in college, it would be a whole lot easier. Has anybody else noticed these translation problems? It seems everytime I pull up my interlinear software I find more controversy and problems.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Sunday, January 15, 2006
- The Holy of Holies was Day One of Creation. The Holy of Holies was eternity within creation.
- Day One the basic structure of the tabernacle was set up.
- Day Two the firmament was created. The Ark was screened from view by the Veil. The Veil was the boundary between Earth and Heaven.
- Day Three God created dry land and vegetation. This was where the bread was offered.
- Fourth Day was created sun, moon and stars. The seven branch lampstand symbolized the sun, moon and stars.
- On the Sixth Day Adam was created as the High Priest.
This is all just speculation on my part, but I think the Genesis creation story may relate to what happens on the Day of Atonement.
Revelation 13:8, “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Creation proceeds from the Holy of Holies. On the Day of Atonement the Blood/Life of the sacrificed goat, who represents Yahweh, carried by the High Priest who also represents Yahweh, emerges from the Holy of Holies renewing Creation/Temple. As you can see the implications for Girardian theory are amazing. Everything proceeds from the Holy of Holies outwards. From Heaven to Creation.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
In Girardian terms the words flood and waters can symbolize violence, mob violence and scapegoat violence. Nuechterlein describes Psalm 69 as “classic psalm of the scapegoat crying out for help”. Particularly of note for our purposes “I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me…More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; many are those who would destroy me…”. In mythology the image of waters and floods can be a symbol for human violence.
To finish up, Barker notes that “Jerusalem and its temple, the center of the whole creation, had been established as dry land in the midst of the watery chaos.” She recounts an interesting story from the Babylonian Talmud. According to the story, as she retells it, “waters under Jerusalem were a threat which King David averted by throwing into the waters a potsherd inscribed with the Name.” A potsherd is a piece of broken pottery. I’m seeing images of virgins being thrown into volcanoes here. So taken literally this is a piece of broken pottery with the ineffable Name of the Lord written on it thrown into the deep to push back the waters. Psalm 31:12 mentions broken pottery. Also Psalm 22:15. Apparently the waters subsided 16,000 cubits, and the city was left without a water supply, so King David sang the fifteen Songs of Ascent and brought them back up to 15,000 cubits.
Barker notes that the idea of these “cosmic waters” subdued by the Name underneath the city reappeared in the Book of Revelation as the great harlot seated on many waters. In Revelation 17:15 it says “the waters that you saw, where the harlot is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.”
I don’t have the time for extended analysis on most of this stuff. As the wall on the Walker Art Center says, “bits and pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole.”