Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pseudepigrapha Psalad Psurgery V(d): Hebrews In Context II

Continuing my context exploration for the New Testament book known as Hebrews. Here I cover Chapters 2 - 8.
  • Hebrews 2:6-8 - This is from Psalm 8:4-6: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" In two millennia, has no one noticed the obvious problem? The psalm is asking why Yahweh should even bother with us lowly humans. If "the son of man" means "Jesus", which the author of Hebrews obviously intends, then we can rephrase the psalm: "What is Jesus that you care for him?" Why would a psalm purportedly prophesying the messiah ask Yahweh why it cares about the messiah?
  • Hebrews 2:11-12: The author is trying to make the point that believers are Jesus' siblings, putting the words of Psalm 22 into Jesus' mouth: "I will declare your name to my brothers". But if these words can be put into Jesus' mouth, then let's also put this in, from Verse 9 of that psalm: "...you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you..." Why does Yahweh have to make itself trust itself?
  • Hebrews 2:13: "I will put my trust in him." Isaiah 8:17. Put it into context: although Hebrews 6:18 says that it is impossible for Yahweh to lie, back up just a bit in Isaiah, to Verse 14, where it says that Yahweh has no problem being a stone that causes men to stumble, a rock that makes them fall, a trap and a snare. Big fucking deal if it's impossible for Yahweh to lie if it can yet be such a deceiver.
  • Hebrews 2:13 again: "Here am I, and the children God has given me." From Isaiah 8:18, where the prophet seems to be talking about his offspring. Jesus did indeed sire offspring after he went to live in Kashmir in about 30 CE. He was known there as Jus Asaf, which means "leader of the healed". But that's an aside; my real point is that in context, believers can't be Jesus' children, because they are his brothers according to Hebrews 2:12.
  • Hebrews 3:7-11 - A quote from Psalm 95:7-11. But the author of Hebrews claims that it is the "Holy Spirit" who is saying all this. How does he know it's the Holy Spirit? The psalm doesn't indicate who is speaking.
  • Hebrews 5:6 - "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." This is from Psalm 110:4. Read a little further in the psalm: the lord "will crush kings on the day of [its] wrath. [It] will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth." So much for peace on earth. Also, Verse 7 of the psalm: "[It] will drink from a brook beside the way". Yahweh drinks? It gets thirsty? It has needs? I need to read the deity manual again, so I can understand how an omnipotent, unchanging deity can not only become thirsty, but become thirsty.
  • Hebrews 6:14 - "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants." This is from Genesis 22:17. The context for this wonderful promise from Yahweh is that Abraham has just attempted to perform a child sacrifice by Yahweh's order (although Jesusianismists often say that child sacrifice is the justification for the Israelite slaughter of Amalekite and Midianite babies). Nice how this deity juxtaposes blessings with atrocities and hypocrisy.
  • Hebrews 8:5 - "See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." The author uses this verse to suggest that the Jewish temple and sanctuary are copies and shadows of what is in heaven. The verse is from Exodus Chapter 25, the beginning of Yahweh's tedious specifications for its holy structures and the grounds around them, rituals of sacrifice, priestly garments and accessories, consecration of priests, etc. Just read Exodus 25-30 and ask yourself, "Is this so-called deity really worthy of worship? With all these weird needs?" And what could possibly be in heaven of which all this is a shadow and a copy? Can you really love this god?
  • Hebrews 8:8-12 - A long excerpt from Jeremiah 31. Looking through the chapter for context, I find, in Verse 30, that "everyone will die for his own sin". Strange, this isn't what Paul says in Romans 5:12, "...sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men..." And it isn't what Paul says in I Corinthians 15:22, "...as in Adam all die..." So the author of Hebrews obviously disagrees with the concept of original sin, therefore he disagrees with Paul. Thus is the house of Jesusianism doomed to fall. Thank god! May god speed the day!

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