I'm currently read Joseph's Bones
by a - I think - Jewish guy, Jerome M. Segal. He doesn't say "I am Jewish," but he teaches Torah to children and young people. Anyway, this book deals with the Torah from a different perspective: as the Bible being written not as God's words, but "a perception of...humanity's message to itself."
Thus far we have Abraham teaching God lessons. Like justice. Not punishing the good with the evil in the event of Sodom. And holding people individualistically accountable rather than the whole of society suffering for the sins of individuals. The author brags on Joseph and how his morality seems to be more "firmly lodged in his self-identity" than in God's self-identity. (pg. 66)
Because of Eve eating the fruit, mankind now has the ability to know good and evil. Thus Eve is "vindicated" -- she is part of the "human process that, if successful, will result in a world of justice, a world achieved by transforming God." (pg. 72)
is the one needed to be overhauled and taught morality and justice. Perhaps this was the reason God created man. I'll have to keep reading to find out.
Now I'm on a section about the Tower of Babel as recorded in Genesis 11. Read it and tell me what stands out to you and/or what your understanding of it is symbolically or literally or in harmony with religious tradition and holy books. I am curious.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2
As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9
That is why it was called Babel
—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Thoughts? What do you think of the idea presented about the Bible's message and God needing to be taught by His creation how to be just and merciful and moral?
Don't forget to share your Tower of Babel interpretations. :)