Monday, January 4, 2010

121: The Bible: Now Just a List of Names

1 Chronicles 3-5
Solomon's son was Rehoboam,
Abijah his son,
Asa his son,
Jehoshaphat his son,
Jehoram his son,
Ahaziah his son,
Joash his son,
Amaziah his son,
Azariah his son,
Jotham his son,
Ahaz his son,
Hezekiah his son,
Manasseh his son,
Amon his son,
Josiah his son. - 1 Chronicles 3:10-14

I certainly hope that the entire book of 1 Chronicles isn't like this. If you ever can't fall asleep try to read this. You will either fall asleep or hit yourself in the head with a hammer to put yourself out of your misery. Either way you'll be unconscious. You're welcome.

I try not to get too ahead of myself, but when some idiot person makes a bible prophecy claim I have to read ahead a bit.

Was the holocaust foretold in the bible? Henry Ocansey thinks so. The passage he points to is Revelation 12:13-14:
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach.
Wait, there's a dragon?! Oh, of course this is symbolism. I don't know how much more succinctly the bible could have spelled this out, it so obviously predicts the holocaust. For those of you that don't see the obvious clarity of this prediction, Henry will spell it out for you:
The dragon represents Satan. The woman represents the Jewish people around the world. The great eagle obviously represents the United States and all these events occurred in proper sequence as history unfolded. As a result, we ought to realize that God allows terrible things to happen, but God also predicts history and when the prophecies occur correctly, we should understand that we have a God who is alive and active. His allowance of great suffering turns many people away from seeking Him, but the Bible never said that life was going to be a walk in the park. [emphasis is mine]
Who says if the prophecies are occurring correctly? He goes on to say that America was preordained by God, and God and Satan are real, just like the wind. In that they only exist when there is a pressure differential in the atmosphere? That may be the wrong part of the metaphor.

I would ask the question "why does God let all of these people die in the holocaust if he knew it was going to happen?". But it's really not out of character, God has been killing/letting people die from the very beginning. The real question seems to be, why are we still calling this God "good"?

(via The SOP)


  1. There's so much lineage in the tends to be filler if I remember right

  2. 1-2 Chronicles forms a post-exilic redaction of Israel’s history--probably at the hand of Ezra. Ezra was writing to the generation of exiles that were returning home from captivity--reminding them of their history. It is highly appropriate that their lineage be established at the beginning of this work after they had been scattered toward the ends of the earth for a century. Far from being a filler, theologically, this genealogy reminds them of their origins and God’s promises to bring forth through the seed of a woman (Gen 3), the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Gen 12ff) a victor over the seed of the serpent.

    Chronicles will rehearse many of the stories of the Samuel-Kings corpus but will tend to emphasize in its rehearsal selected elements for the needs of the newly restored struggling community. These emphases (in comparison to Samuel-Kings) will be stressing an idealized Davidic persona, the significance of God’s presence in the temple and the priesthood, the sanctity of the land, unity through an “all Israel concept” and a reward/retribution theology.

    During this period the messianic concept was developed even more fully in light of the people’s failed history.

  3. Basically you're going to get some more chapters of ancient political propaganda, this time spun in a slightly different direction. It's interesting to compare the spin in the various books to see which side comes out looking better in which books.

    The geneologies are a slog though. Remember that these books were mandated to be read aloud throughout the year. All of these names and geneologies were actually probably pretty exciting to folks at the time - the ancient equivalent of Jay Leno up front mentioning your home town in his monologue...

  4. Wow Brent, Fail attempt to make section of bible seem interesting is Fail.

  5. @Anonymous

    I guess "interest" is in the eye of the beholder is it not? But I don't spend much time in the geneologies as well ; )



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