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  •  Important note about this parsha (3+ / 0-)

    There is a lot of stuff in there that seems like fantasy -- in particular the talking snake. Judaism has never insisted on purely literal meanings of the Bible. No less a figure than Maimonides, in the Guide to the Perplexed, treated the snake narrative as an allegory. There is really nothing in the Jewish tradition that is comparable to the biblical literalism found in parts of Christianity.

    •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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      and it's so apt to have this reminder at the very beginning.

      Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

      by ramara on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 01:00:30 AM PDT

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    •  In the Qur'an... (2+ / 0-)
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      While Iblis the Jinn (aka Shaitan) does indeed lure Adam (pbuh) and Hawwa' (Eve) into eating from the forbidden tree (2:30-39, 7:19-24 and 20:115-23, which Iblis described as the Tree of Eternity), there is no mention as to what form Iblis took when he appeared before the two.  Moreover, the Qur'an mentions that some verses are allegorical while others are not (3:7), so whether the verses here involving Iblis are allegorical or not is left open.  

      And Allah (swt) knows best.

      Muslims and tigers and bears, oh my!

      by JDsg on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 04:29:59 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting. (3+ / 0-)

        By the way, Eve's name in Hebrew is Chava, one of those names that seems to be essentially the same in Hebrew and Arabic. It means "life."

        Adam is "earth," which is not complete without "life." Talking about allegories...

        Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

        by ramara on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 10:42:06 AM PDT

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