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Genesis ends with Jacob's and Joseph's deaths.

* Jacob and Joseph both live over 100 years, and Joseph somehow dies before all his (older) brothers aged 110 years

Not much else to say about these two chapters, there's a slightly bizarre moment when Jacob blesses Joseph's two sons back to front or something. And Jacob gets to curse and/or bless each of his 12 sons for their past actions before passing away peacefully.

At the end of my Illustrated Book of Genesis, the illustrator, R. Crumb, talks about the research he did while making this book. Interestingly, the current incarnation of the bible stories come off as pretty patriarchal and anti-feminist, but a lot of the stories were originally matriarchal, as the society at the time would have been.

So references to Sarah (and others) being barren may have originally been because high priestesses were not allowed to bare children until they have finished their duties. Also a few wives seem to easily get their way over their husbands, and despite Abraham having a second wife, only the children he had with Sarah continue to be mentioned (suggesting that her lineage was the important one rather than his).

That's the end of Genesis, tomorrow I start on Exodus.
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Joseph's story continues, and is pretty boring actually...

* Another lineage, this time all of Jacob's grandsons (the daughters are occasionally listed, and apparently Jacob had more than one daughter?) so we have a full head count of everyone Jacob brings to Egypt, well almost to Egypt. They can't actually reside in Egypt because The Egyptians detest shepherds, slightly bizarrely.

* Pharaoh ends up owning all of Egypt and the surrounding lands as people come to buy food and have to give everything for some bread. Apparently this arrangement is why one fifth of everything produced by anyone in these lands has to be given to Pharaoh. Typical feudal society arrangement...

Last three chapters of Genesis tomorrow, then I'll be reading an actual bible instead of my fun illustrated book!
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Joseph tricks his brothers to find out if they've reformed

* The Calypso in the musical in which the brothers beg and plead with Joseph to let their youngest brother, Benjamin, go when he is found with the cup that was planted on him is my favourite song in the whole show.

Though having now read the original story in the bible, I'm not sure that offering to go to jail themselves for a minor crime in the place of their brother is enough to redeem these men who a few chapters ago were slaughtering a whole city for their sister's honour (someone who's been entirely forgotten about since) and then tried to kill Joseph for being the favourite of their father.

But they are forgiven, I guess because their attempts at ridding themselves of Joseph led to him becoming very well off and important so they were just playing their part in the big plan.

Also the brothers now don't seem to have any problem with Benjamin being the new favourite of their father, he's the other son of Jacob's favourite wife, favouritism is a big thing in the bible.
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Joseph's tale continues & God creates a 7 year famine over the entire Earth...

* I'm actually quite enjoying this part, listening to the soundtrack and comparing the story in the musical with the one in the bible! Differences in these two chapters are that Pharaoh gives Joseph a wife along with all the other things he gets when he becomes his right hand man. And his brothers coming to Egypt to get food is unnecessarily elaborate, much better in the show!
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More of Joseph's story, with a short interlude for a tale of one of his brothers, Judah.

* Judah has 3 children with a woman he's not married to and the first two get killed because God doesn't like them. Judah also has twin boys with the widow of his two sons.

* A rather big innacuracy in the Joseph musical, when he's sent to jail because Potiphah's wife says Joseph tried to sleep with her (when it was actually the other way round) he sings the moving song 'Close Every Door' but in the bible he actually has a pretty good time in jail, being put in charge of the other prisoners rather than kept alone in the dark as the song implies!
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The first part of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Ornamental Tunic (after a load more boring begats detailing Jacob's brother's lineage)

* The musical is actually fairly accurate, Joseph is the favourite of his father and has two dreams that annoy his brothers so they plot his demise (not beyond these people, they slaughtered a city yesterday), only difference to this point is that the brothers don't profit from Joseph being sold into slavery, some other people come and sell him themselves while the brothers are away from the pit they put Joseph in.

Yes, I am listening to the appropriate songs from the soundtrack, makes the whole story much more fun to follow.
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Jacob makes up with his brother and the first killings to defend a family's honour take place.

* Jacob's only daughter, Dinah, is forgotten about until the verse in which she is 'defiled' and the man who defiles her wants to marry her. This leads to her brothers tricking the men of the city into circumcising themselves (otherwise the man isn't allowed to marry Dinah) and while they are still sore from their operations a bunch of Jacob's sons come and kill every man in the city, loot everything of value and take the women with them. They are really nice guys these children of Israel. At least they didn't kill their sister for getting 'defiled'...
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More children are born to Jacob and he gets in an argument with the father of his two wives.

* I was quite surprised to learn that Jacob had a daughter (so much for Jacob & Sons)!! Once he's had four sons by Leah (the wife he didn't want), two sons by Rachel's (wife he did want) handmaid, two by Leah's handmaid and two more by Leah, Leah then bares a daughter before Rachel has Joseph (no coloured coats yet!). No twelfth son (Ben) this section, but Jacob does already have twelve children, by four women...

* Jacob never seems to quite agree with his father in law as to how he should be paid for the twenty years of work he has done for him, the first fourteen years were for his wives and the last six were for a share of the flock of sheep and goats but the father in law doesn't want to part with the 'wages'. So they build a pile of stones and sit on it to eat, not sure why...
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Jacob starts building his family in rather convoluted way.

* Jacob deceives his father in order to receive a blessing promised to his twin brother. His brother is then angry and gets a less-good blessing. Because there aren't enough well wishes to go around apparently.

* Jacob then gets deceived by the father of the woman he wants to marry (after he worked for him for 7 years to pay for her) and ends up bedding her older sister. But then he ends up marrying both of them (after working for another 7 years for their father). See, marriage is a sacred institution...

* Despite the fact that God always has favourites, Jacob's favouritism for the woman he originally wanted to marry means that God decides to make her barren and bless the other one with lots of sons.

(When they start listing the children's names I feel like singing Jacob & Sons from Joseph, I guess that story will be in tomorrow's reading!)
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Not much of note in these two verses, Abraham dies at 175 and his son, Ishmael, by the handmaid dies at 137.

* Abraham takes a new wife after his first, Sarah, dies, and despite being well over 100 he has several more sons.

* Isaac's wife Rebekah is barren like his mother, but the lord gives her twin boys and they fight in the womb (what?!). The twins parents each choose a favourite, it's nice that they have favourites between their children...

* One of the boys, Esau, takes two wives, more proof that the 'long' tradition of marriage being solely defined as a union between one man and one woman is well supported by the bible...
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Abraham's son Isaac, almost a human sacrifice and married to his cousin.

* I think much has been said about the barbarity of the Lord's test of Abraham's faith. The fact that he has to test someone's limits shows he's definitely not all-knowing and Abraham carries on being the most easily led man ever. To actually get to the point of raising the knife above your child's heart, another fine example of the family values in this book.

* After the death of his very old wife, Abraham sends a servant to find a wife for Isaac in his homeland, because he can't have his son marrying within the place they reside, because they aren't part of the chosen people I suppose. The servant finds Abraham's brother and procures his daughter, and Isaac therefore marries his cousin. It's nice that Abraham decided to do something nice for his son, well nicer than sacrificing him to the Lord anyway...
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Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed, Lot's wife is a pillar of salt and he beds his daughters.

* It is not really explained why the Lord would want to destroy the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the men seem very interested in 'knowing' the angels that visit Lot but I'm not sure that warrants ANOTHER over reaction from Mr Nice Guy.

* I'm sure I've heard the story of Lot's wife looking back and turning into salt told in a different way to how it is in the bible. The command to not look back is almost an off hand remark and then a few lines later she suddenly turns and is salt. Very strange.

* More icky incest as Lot's daughter just randomly decide that they need to preserve their father's seed so get him drunk and then each conceive sons.

* Abraham's wife Sarah finally has her son at the ripe age of 90 and gets jealous of the hand maid and her son again, so they send her away again. Oh and Abraham isn't actually lying when he tells people Sarah is his sister, they have the same father. I'm glad this book is so full of good proper family values and stuff...
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Polygamy, circumcision and old people may have children.

* This Abraham fellow does anything the Lord tells him just because he's been promised lots of descendants and that they'll all be very important. Even cutting off the foreskins of anyone involved with his family.

* The Lord is not the only schizo character, Abraham's wife tells him to lie with her handmaid because she herself cannot bear children and then is jealous when the handmaid conceives! The Lord seems pretty happy with the whole deal, polygamy and extra marital affairs obviously not a problem at this point.

* His previously barren wife will now be conceiving at the age of 90, and even she is pretty sceptical that this will happen.

* Abraham tries to convince the Lord not to wipe out the city of Sodom in case there are innocents residing amongst all the debauchery, yet the Lord has already wiped the Earth clean in a flood so I doubt he's worried about a few innocents in a city. But that's for tomorrow.
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According to the SAB, this section of Genesis has been used to justify slavery, to equate homosexuality with being against the lord (The Sodomites) and is the reason for the troubles in the Middle East.

* God promises large amounts of land in the Middle East to Abraham and his descendants, but also predicts they will be enslaved for 400 years and demands a random animal sacrifice. Nice guy.

* There's a random epic battle between I don't know who, I think the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned.

* Abraham makes his barren wife (this was mentioned in yesterday's section) pretend to be his sister so they can go into Eygpt and he won't be killed for having beautiful wife (though they are 70 odd!)
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The flood clears up and Noah has lots of descendants...

* Apparently the flood story is actually two different stories merged together, badly. So it switches between the rain lasting 40 days or 150 days and Noah randomly sends a Raven out before the Dove and the Raven just flies about a bit. Not that it would make any more sense if that hadn't been the case!!

Oh and I don't know how the story of Noah's Ark is suitable as a story for children to adore, sure the idea of animals going two by two is nice but what about all the ones that are wiped out because of the sins of a few humans. Though I suppose scaring children into conforming is a big part of indoctrination.

* God doesn't seem to be particularly omnipotent, he puts a rainbow in the sky to mark the fact that he won't wipe all humans and animals out again and he says that it will remind him of that when he sees it as well.

* Far too much begatting, whoever wrote this is obsessed with pointless lineages.

* Tower of Babel in this section, supposedly the advent of diverse languages, despite the mention in a previous chapter of all the different tongues that are spoken on Earth.

Genesis 4-7

Feb. 9th, 2010 05:23 pm
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Lots of begatting and an out of proportion flood from an ever vengeful God:

* Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel and was cursed by God but lived on to have his own family, with a mysterious wife who came from where? And then lots of sons were born and had children with other women that appear from nowhere, hmm...

* Biblical people had ridiculously long life-spans, I'm talking 700-950 years or so, even those cursed to die (like Adam who ate from the tree of knowledge)

* God brings the flood because the Nephalim were causing the humans to be immoral and he regretted making humans, so he killed every living thing that wasn't in the 600 year old Noah's ark. Seems like a bit of an over reaction...

Genesis 1-3

Feb. 8th, 2010 05:22 pm
wolfpurplemoon: a woman with long red hair wearing glasses and a deadpool t-shirt (wolfbiblemoon)
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Only thought I've had so far (beyond the whole literal creationism=crazy thing) is that Adam just suddenly has that name after being known as 'Man' for much of Chapter 1 and 2, although it depends on the version you read, as my book doesn't mention the name until 3:17 but the SAB starts using Adam at 2:19. Adam then bestows his 'Woman' with the name Eve (3:20), wasn't that nice of him.

Not sure that this is the sort of thing to be noticing, but it's what jumped out at me as I already know the creation story and the fact that chapter 2 starts all over again with God creating everything in a different order from chapter 1!

Actually in a way the first version is better as Man and Woman are created at the same time rather than Woman being created as an after-thought to provide companionship to Adam.

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