The history of the Bible is restarting. Have you noticed
A reboot is a new take on a story in comic book, movie, TV series, or any other form that takes away continuity with previous versions to start over, without being weighed down by plot decisions. in a previous version.
The Bible is a book with a history spanning over a thousand years, so it’s perhaps no surprise that it also has reboots.
The Bible, take one (Noah’s story)
God creates the world (twice), then Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. Their son Cain kills his brother Abel, then there is a long genealogy ending with Noah. God is annoyed with how mankind turned out, so he hits the reset button and everyone is drowning. But don’t be sad, Noah and his ark full of animals resist the storm.
Everyone in the world (ie “eight people”) is safe on earth again. God as Elohim blessed Noah’s family with authority over all living things. He establishes some rules, and in return he promises, “I establish my covenant with you: never again shall all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood” (Genesis 9:11). The rainbow (think: the kind of bow that shoots arrows) will appear in the clouds and remind everyone (God included) of this “everlasting covenant”.
So there you have it, God’s covenant with humanity.
The Bible, take two (Abraham)
But there is more, as the story progresses. Noah’s descendants populate the earth, there’s this whole Tower of Babel story, and then we come to Abraham. For some unexplained reason, Abraham (born Abram) is not already in Israel but lives in Ur, an ancient city on the Persian Gulf coast, now in southern Iraq. God (now Yahweh) guides him to Canaan.
God must be oblivious, for he continues to make the same promise to Abraham. The promise is (1) you will have many descendants, (2) you get land, and (3) this alliance is perpetual.
- In Genesis 12, Yahweh says: “I will make you a great nation. . . . TO your offspring i will give that Earth(Ie Canaan).
- Other accounts intervene, then in Genesis 13, God begins again: “All the Earth that you see [Canaan] I will give you and your offspring forever. i will do your offspring like the dust of the earth. “
- In Genesis 15, guess what God is doing. He gives Canaan to Abraham. In fact, he gives a lot more than that, listing ten tribes whose land will be the property of the descendants of Abraham. He gives as borders the Euphrates river to the east and Egypt to the west.
- In Genesis 17, God felt generous, so he gave Canaan to Abraham. “I will make you very successful. . . . I will establish my covenant as one eternal covenant between me and you and your offspring after you for generations to come, to be your God and the God of your offspring after you. The totality land of canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give to you and your descendants after you for eternal possession. This is the first time we see Abraham’s contribution to the covenant: he and his male descendants are now to be circumcised. (If you know the documentary hypothesis, it comes from source P. The previous three came from source J.)
- Elohim from source E also feels generous, so in Genesis 22 he rewards Abraham for (almost) sacrificing Isaac with another gift from Canaan. “I will surely bless you and make your descendants like numerous like the stars in the sky and like the sand by the sea. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies. “
God (in his various forms) stammered many Canaan legacies and the promises of many descendants. It was a bit awkward and contradictory, but we kind of got the message.
I laugh. There is more. This is concluded in part 2.
Science has never killed or persecuted a single person
to doubt or deny his teachings,
and most of these teachings have been true;
but religion murdered millions
for having doubted or denied his dogmas,
and most of these dogmas have been wrong.
– epitaph of George P. Spencer
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