Monday, August 30, 2010

Pseudepigrapha Psalad Psurgery V(e): Hebrews In Context III

Continuing my context exploration for the New Testament book known as Hebrews. Here I cover Chapters 10 - 13.
  • Hebrews 10:5-7 - "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire," etc., etc. This is from Psalm 40:6-8. So this is supposed to be Jesus speaking, right? Keep reading the psalm, up to Verse 12: " sins have overtaken me...they are more than the hairs of my head"! Oops. Not to mention the verse just before that, "Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Yahweh". Why would Jesus need to ask Yahweh for mercy? Since when did Yahweh show mercy to Jesus? Oh, it would have to show him mercy if he was a sinner, which he freely admits in Verse 12.
  • Hebrews 10:30 - "It is mine to avenge; I will repay." This is from Deuteronomy 32:35. But keep reading, and you will find that Yahweh takes hedonistic pleasure in killing, as indicated in Verse 42. Thunderf00t has a YouTube video about the passage where Yahweh talks about making its arrows drunk with blood, so I need not elaborate further.
  • Hebrews 12:26 - "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." This is from Haggai 2:6. For context, read on to Verse 8: "The silver is mine and the gold is mine". What does the Supreme Being, which has access to all silver and gold in the universe, want with the silver and gold from this tiny planet? And why would it care about silver and gold in the first place? Jesusianismists will want to say something about how this is a metaphor for Yahweh wanting us to devote ourselves to it and keep nothing for our selfish selves, not our riches, not our lives, not even our children. Fine, let it be symbolic of something, but you guys should not claim that Yahweh's words, when taken literally, are absolutely false. Yahweh wants your devotion and your children, but it also obviously wants the actual silver and actual gold for itself.
  • Hebrews 12:29 - "God is a consuming fire." This is from Deuteronomy 4:24. Back up a bit, to Verse 21 and you'll see that Yahweh swears all the time, in spite of Jesus saying that doing so is from the evil one.
  • Hebrews 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." This is from Deuteronomy 31:6. The author of Hebrews is trying to use this verse as an admonition to believers to be free from the love of money and to be content with what they have. But what is the original context? The despicable Israeli campaign of terror as Joshua led them across the Jordan: "[Yahweh]...will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land." Lovely.
  • Hebrews 13:6 - "Yahweh is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" This is from Psalm 118:6-7. The context is that of an ancient, bellicose, savage tribe of superstitious ignoramuses. Why is it that the Supreme Being could not teach peace?

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