Hey everybody, I'm still on vacation, and even though I've decided not to really do any blog stuff, it has apparently been sitting on the back of my mind a little. I have 2 thoughts about the way things are going with the old testament, and in a way they sort of pull in opposite directions.
First, I'm afraid I'm pushing things just a little too hard in the negative direction. Quite frankly, it's easy to do, as these stories are horrible. So far we have seen the creation stories, Cain and Abel, and the Noah story. I think these stories are terrible, and I find it bizarre that we tell them to kids. And yet, these stories have been told for thousands of years, there must be a good side to them somewhere, from some perspective. I want to try to find the good perspective on these stories and include them (If I recall correctly, Guzik has that at the front of his commentaries, so it should be easy for me to consider and include in my writeup). I'm not exactly sure where I want to put it, either out in front of the story, or at the end of the post, I'm not sure, I guess I'll do a little experimenting and see which format I like better. I was also thinking about doing it in another color, I like the black for regular and blue for commentary stuff, perhaps I'll put the good spin of the story in green or something. Again, I'll have to play with it a little bit to find something I like. Any thoughts or ideas on this stuff?
Second. In regards to some of the really bad stuff I've come across so far, the worst bit of it is how the Christian commentaries justify the horrible stuff. Given that they seem dead set on making the bible perfect, they have to justify everything, which is a problem as some of it is just awful. I think I would like to collect the really bad Christian justifications in one place for later reference. I was trying to figure out the best form for this, and realized that now that I am doing the verses of note post as I go, the overview posts at the end of each book are open. This seems like a good place for Christian justification summaries as well as a 1 or 2 sentence summary of each chapter.
Alright, back to soaking up some sun before I have to go back to the snow. See you in a few days.