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"Ditto Nick's advice. Also, if by "scientist" you mean researcher, I'd definitely recommend getting into a lab at your local university or something as soon as possible (after identifying your areas of interest, of course) and…"
"Speaking only from my own experience, I have not seen that to be true. But I certainly recognize how if your early exposure to the book is via Sunday School mis-tellings of the most fantastical parts of the book, it would be hard to shake that first…"
"There is, and there's a hefty contempt in western culture as well.
But, as anyone who has studied the Qu'ran will agree - it's a totally different literary style. It's all prophetic revelation. There are no historical…"
"Yes and no. We don't necessarily scour other ancient holy texts (as a society) either. Widespread respect for the Qu'ran? There are certainly pearls of wisdom there too...
Maybe it is the associations we have with current believers…"
"Even more difficult to overcome than the cultural and linguistic chasms between western man and the bible is the contempt for the familiar.
Jacob had a coat of many colors
Zacheeus was a wee little man
"So...... to further extrapolate upon the symbolism in the text (assuming we agree it's symbolic writing, and not just an historical account)
Dude comes in and he's so hungry he wants the mourning meal cooked for his dad to mourn…"
"It's not clear to me given the context that the meal was the Jewish mourning meal - Jacob wasn't making it for anyone else (as its traditionally given by neighbors) and there is no mention of a death he is mourning.
The contention that it…"
" Sure - and that's a problem teaching faith and faith heritage in modern culture. And it's why the Roman Catholic church was initially so opposed to translating the bible into the common languages. They figured…"
"There's an aweful lot to unpack in the story.
Didjya know the Lentil Soup meal has significance?
It was a mourning meal
every word in the story has significance.... the lineage of the characters before and after has significance....…"
""The Amalekites were descended from Esau. Esau gave up his birthright for a bowl of soup"
In his defense, he was starving. Jacob could have just given him the fucking soup. Jacob also tricks his dad so that he (Jacob) got the…"