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  •  I agree, Statusquomustgo, which is what makes it (1+ / 0-)
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    interesting to me, an atheist, especially the often extremely harsh portrayal of God and the the theme of sacrificing innocent children such as God's killing of children in the Passover, Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac, etc. I take this to be a fairly accurate representation of the authors' views of their own fathers and their cultural patriarchs. Argh.

    •  From my readings of it, (1+ / 0-)
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      Statusquomustgo

      it appears to me to be half tribal history, half mythology, and half braggadocio.  (There's a lot of overlap).

      Anthropologically it is a fascinating work, as it gives a lot of insight into the culture and customs of those long-gone tribes, and into those who have used those stories to manipulate and shape the world around them.

      I strong recommend "Asimov's Guide to the Bible", a 2 volume set that looks into what can be taken at least somewhat literally (the maps, the genealogies, other historical referents), and some historical context to some of the stories.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:09:47 PM PDT

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    •  honestly who knows, and it was 2000 years ago (1+ / 0-)
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      we have video.... they only had rich guys and churchy guys writing to fit each ones ideology.
      So in all reality people like Mitt Romney and Pat Robertson each wrote a book, then you have the gosple of the Koch brothers and on and on.  Makes me feel oh so confident in the content.

      "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

      by Statusquomustgo on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 04:14:54 PM PDT

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