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  • Fashions Unique 3:15 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Flood myth, God, Lord, Noah, religion, Richard Elliott Friedman, , Unclean animals, Who Wrote the Bible?   

    What’s the “Story” ? 

    I am sure you are somewhat confounded by the biblical “Flood Story” each time you read it. At one point it will use “God“, while at another it will say, “Lord“. Or, male and female (6:19; 7:9, 16)when referring to the sex of the animals, as another verse uses man and his woman(7:2) as well as male and female. 6:17; 7:21, employs the term “everything expired”, and 7:22, states “everything died”.

    This story differs on terminology and details. for instance, one pair of each kind of animal juxtaposed to seven pairs of clean animals and one pair of unclean animals. and we know clean means fit for sacrifice. Lions are unclean; sheep are clean. Then we have the amount of time for the flood. 370 days or 40 days and 40 nights. A raven, a dove.

    Even the presentation of god differs. One verse pictures a deity who can regret things that he has done(6:6,7), which is a theological question in itself of an all-powerful, all-knowing being that would regret past actions. The portrayal of a being who “grieved to his heart”(6:6), who personally closes the ark(7:16), and smells Noah‘s sacrifice(8:21). The other portrayal is more a transcendent controller of the universe.

    “The two flood stories are separable and complete. Each has its own language, its own details, and even its own conception of God. And even that is not the whole picture…” (See, Who Wrote the Bible, Richard Elliot Friedman).

    If you desire to make sense of it all, I have presented  the following verses for your reading.

    • 6:5-8;
    • 7:1-5, 7, 10, 12, 16b-20, 22-23;
    • 8:2b-3a, 6, 8-12, 13b, 20-22
    • 6:9-22;
    • 7:8-9, 11, 13-16a, 21, 24;
    • 8:1-2a, 3b-5, 7, 13a, 14-19;
    • 9:1-17

    I am confident once you read and comprehend a better view of what you are reading your interest will be piqued to study and explore more in order to make sense of the many puzzling things you come across while reading the Bible.

    There comes a time in our life when we must confront many of the things we are taught by our ancestors who simply passed on to us what was inculcated upon them. When you understand history in its fullest and the affects it had on our past relatives. What you will probably find in your search is the medium to further transcend into the spiritual realm.

    Seek and you will definitely find!

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    • johnritrovatoiii 10:52 pm on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I concur that there are indeed many great lessons the bible can teach us, whether it is in belief of the classical-biblical god or not.

  • Fashions Unique 11:44 pm on December 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Babylonian captivity, , black jews, Cain Hope Felder, Cushi, egyptian bondage, , Jesu, Merriam-Webster, Moses, Old Testament, principalities and powers, religion,   

    A (One) Truth 

    “You want answers? I want the truth.. You can’t handle the truth!!!”

    Yesterday a friend of mine quoted the above interaction from A Few Good Men. But it begs the question; Do people actually want the ‘truth’?

    Let’s define truth:

    Merriam-Webster:

    2

    a (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.

    Now that we have a frame of reference, let’s pose the following questions:

    1. Why do Black churches and others within Black religious traditions give allegiance to biblical faith and witness?
    2. What biblical references allude to the existence of Black Jews before Jesus Christ?

    The answer to the first question is simple. “…because their own experiences seem to be depicted in the Bible. Many of the biblical stories reflect the existential reality  of the “Black Story” in an environment typically hostile to the interests  Blacks attaining their full sense of human potential.” (Cain Hope Felder, Troubling Biblical Waters). To piggy-back on Professor Felder, the Bible was the only thing given to Blacks where they could find similar struggles to theirs.

    In the Bible they have found ancient symbols of their predicament: the saga of Egyptian bondage, the devastation of Assyrian invasions, the deportation into Babylonian captivity, and the bedevilment of principalities and powers of the present age. Blacks have consequently developed an “experiential sympathy” with much of the Bible, which in turn, receives their reverent attention as quite literally the revealed Word of God.

    Regarding the biblical references of Black Jewish existence, we merely need to study Gen. 10, the family of Ham(Hot) and his descendants. By investigating this particular chapter you will find that many of the blemished characters in the Bible are generally connected to lineage of people of color in their blood line.

    Despite the reluctance of Euro-American or Ashkenazic Jewish scholars to attribute much significance to explicit references or allusions to Blacks in the Old Testament, such mentions are instructive. There is an impressive array of Black people in the Old Testament, beginning with those in Gen.9 & 10 or 1 Chron. 1: Hagar, from Egypt(Gen.16:1); the Cushite wife of Moses in Num. 21:1; Jer. 38:7 and 39:16; Isa. 37:9; perhaps even Zephaniah, the son of Cushi(Zeph.2:12, 3:10), to name a few.

    What truly  puzzles me is how many Black people attest to the oldest person on earth to be from the continent of Africa, but at the same time support the biblical depiction of Shem (Semi[tes], mixed) as being the progenitors of mankind. There seems to be a contradiction in these positions.

    If we truly want the truth, then it is incumbent upon us to perform the required research into matters that will reveal the truth instead of merely accepting the indoctrination of Western academia. Even most of the clergy have performed some degree of scholarly work.

    I am interested in hearing what you have to say. In the meantime,I will leave you with the words of I.M. Nur:

    “...when one accepts lies as truths, this affects his or her notion of reality,
    which inevitably causes incorrect conclusions to form in the mind. These
    conclusions, consciously and unconsciously, affect and filter our beliefs about
    the nature and order of things in creation. Such untruths necessarily shape a
    people’s belief about the alternatives that they should consider when dealing

    with their contemporary problems. Lies also limit the actions a people might
    choose to take in response to their oppression. Also, lies have a definite
    influence on the type of world an oppressed people will choose to support, as
    well as the resulting relationships they will have with family, friends,
    neighbors, and with their enemy. In short, the beliefs a person or a people
    hold as truths directly affect all of their social interactions. Though truth
    is ‘a common thing,’ the lies another people have replaced with truth now seem
    just as ‘common’ to us, especially when we continue to ignore logical
    connections.”

    I.M. Nur
    The Meaning of Blackness

     
  • Fashions Unique 5:25 pm on November 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Astrology, ISO 8601, Jupiter, religion, Roman, Saturday, Saturn, Solar System, Sun   

    Editorial 

    My little brother, Master-Prophet, asked the question: “WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK SHOULD WE WORSHIP ON as a corporate body?” In turn my question is: When was the first day of the week determined and mentioned; who named the first day of the week; what is the true name of the first day of the week;and where was the first day of the week named?

    My etymological research has revealed as follow:

    Saturday Look up Saturday at Dictionary.com
    O.E. Sæterdæg, Sæternesdæg, lit. “day of the planet Saturn,” from Sæternes (gen. of Sætern; see Saturn) + O.E. dæg “day.” Partial loan-translation of L. Saturni dies “Saturn’s day” (cf. Du. zaterdag, O.Fris. saterdi, M.L.G. satersdach; Ir. dia Sathuirn, Welsh dydd Sadwrn). The Latin word is itself a loan-translation of Gk. kronou hemera, lit. “the day of Cronus.”

    Unlike other day names, no god substitution seems to have been attempted, perhaps because the northern European pantheon lacks a clear corresponding figure to Roman Saturn. An ancient Nordic custom, however, seems to be preserved in O.N. laugardagr, Dan. lørdag, Swed. lördag “Saturday,” lit. “bath day” (cf. O.N. laug “bath”). Ger. Samstag (O.H.G. sambaztag) appears to be from a Gk. *sambaton, a nasalized colloquial form of sabbaton “sabbath,” also attested in O.C.S. sabota, Rus. subbota, Fr. samedi.

    Sabbath (n.) Look up Sabbath at Dictionary.com
    O.E. sabat “Saturday,” observed by the Jews as a day of rest, from L. sabbatum, from Gk. sabbaton, from Heb. shabbath, prop. “day of rest,” from shabath “he rested.” The Babylonians regarded seventh days as unlucky, and avoided certain activities then; the Jewish observance may have begun as a similar custom. From the seventh day of the week, it began to be applied early 15c. to the first day (Sunday), a change completed during the Reformation. The original meaning is preserved in Sp. Sabado, It. Sabbato, and other languages’ names for “Saturday.” Hung. szombat, Rumanian simbata, Fr. samedi, Ger. Samstag “Saturday” are from V.L. sambatum, from Gk. *sambaton, a vulgar nasalized variant of sabbaton.
    Sunday Look up Sunday at Dictionary.com
    O.E. Sunnandæg, lit. “day of the sun,” from sunnan, oblique case of sunne “sun” (see sun (n.)) + dæg “day” (see day). A West Germanic loan-translation of L. dies solis “day of the sun,” which is itself a loan-translation of Gk. hemera heliou. Cf. O.N. sunnundagr, Ger. Sonntag “Sunday.” Like other weekday names, not regularly capitalized until 17c.
    In accordance with my brother’s statement,

    There are many different opinions as to how the history of the seven-day week came about, but the most common explanation is that the seven-day week seems to have originated when Babylonian astrologers assigned their planet gods to the days of the week around 700 BCE. The Romans later replaced these names with their own planet-gods.

    Astrology has had a major influence on our weekly calendar in which it is responsible for the order of the days. Ancient Mesopotamian astrologers linked a planet-god to each hour of the day and then arranged them to their correct cosmological order. They used a seven-sided figure to keep track of the proper names of the hours and days in relation to the planet gods where each vertex was marked with a planet’s name in the proper order.

    Wherefore,

    Most Latin-based languages derived the names of the seven days of the week from the Roman period where they related each day of the week with the seven planets, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

    The English language has retained these names for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, however the planet names for the other days of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) were replaced by their equivalent Norse gods. Some Asiatic languages such as Hindi, Japanese and Korean have a similar relationship between the week days and the planets.

    As for the first day of the week, which is at question,

    The first day of the week varies all over the world. In most cultures, Sunday is regarded as the first day of the week although many observe Monday as the first day of the week. According to the Bible, the Sabbath or Saturday is the last day of the week which marks Sunday as the first day of the week for many Jewish and Christian faiths, while many countries regard Monday as the first day of the week.

    According to the international standard ISO 8601, Monday shall be the first day of the week ending with Sunday as the seventh day of the week. Although this is the international standard, countries such as the United States still have their calendars refer to Sunday as the start of the seven-day week.

    So, as inferred we must take into consideration as to what calendar in which we are operating and aligning our activities.

    At no time in Gen. 1:5, does God give the first day a name nor is there any indication as to what distinguishes one day from the other.

    As you can, our language and understanding of it is predicated on the Latin/Greek derivatives,which has totally erased our original communication and history by categorizing our ancient cultural practices and rites of passage as being paganistic.

    All in all, it depends on what lens we are looking through to determine the value, worth, and necessity of a particular ritual.

    A further example of the astrological influences on ritual practices is the calendar year we live by. For instance, in Latin the word for ten is “deca-“, “deci-“, “dece-“, the question would be why does the month of (Dec)ember fall into the 12th position, and how do you rectify the calendar to make it fit appropriately?

    What is my position on this matter? My position is that the days of the week and other related matters are merely man’s desire to give some level of organization to what they considered chaotic in their particular community or society at that time. And it further perpetuates their denominational adaptation. This is also the same for the Reformation (Protestant) movement.

    Here again, we inadvertently, allude to the necessity of “broadening one’s mind”, in order to make informed decisions.

    I welcome all comments and rebuttals.

     

     
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