Friday, July 9, 2010

Israel's high places.

There were quite a few of them. Evidently Israel had no time for the Deuteronomic commandments against worshipping their God in more than one place. They also took no heed of the disastrous war that almost resulted from the Trans-Jordanian tribes building an "altar" in Geliloth (Jos 22).

I realized the other day that various sacred sites for Israel's worship can serve as cool symbols of the way the modern intelligentsia worships God.

Laish corresponds with the Redaction critics, who were "unable" to accept their conservative theological allotment and instead descended on a peaceful and unsuspecting scripture..with grievous damages ensuing. The golden calf that was erected here by Jeroboam is a sufficient emblem for the bovine god that the critics worship in the place of the One True God.

Jerusalem corresponds with the New Perspective on Paul, which has adequately defended "Israel's story" but cannot go further.

Alright, I had some good ones for Bethel, Gilgal and Beersheba but I forgot them. Maybe I'll jot them out later.

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