Wednesday, January 6, 2010

123: 1 Chronicles, Boring Book or Most Boring Book?

1 Chronicles 7-8
The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.
Their sister was Serah.

The sons of Beriah:
Heber and Malkiel, who was the father of Birzaith.
Heber was the father of Japhlet, Shomer and Hotham and of their sister Shua.
The sons of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal and Ashvath.
These were Japhlet's sons.

The sons of Shomer: Ahi, Rohgah, Hubbah and Aram.
The sons of his brother Helem: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal.
The sons of Zophah:
Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran and Beera.
The sons of Jether: Jephunneh, Pispah and Ara.
The sons of Ulla:
Arah, Hanniel and Rizia. - 1 Chronicles 7:30-39

If someone is getting something out of reading these sections of the bible I'd really love to know. For being the most inspiring book in the universe the bible sure has some useless (useless to anyone reading it today that is) sections.

We're up to the genealogy of Saul today. There's still a long way to go to get to the end of 2 Kings (where we left off).

I've been spending the past couple of days comparing the bible to a dictionary. New York judge Donald Williams has made my metaphor into reality. In his swearing in ceremony this Monday, he used a dictionary instead of a bible for his oath of office.

What does this mean? Is judge Williams a flaming atheist that refuses to use a bible? No, they just lost their bible. He said it was ok to use a dictionary instead of a bible because this was a ceremonial swearing in (he had been sworn in officially on the previous Friday). But wasn't his first swearing in just ceremonial too? Do people really think they are putting up their immortal soul as collateral if they are a dishonest judge?

The article also mentions a related story. Mayor Bloomberg was sworn in on the first of the year with his family bible present. Unfortunately, he forgot the whole hand on the bible part of the ceremony and left his hand at his side. Is this a secret ploy to save his soul from eternal torment because he's a dishonest mayor? I'm sure some fundies out there think so.

For the record, US government officials aren't required to swear in on a bible, but most do to appease the masses.

(via KLJB Fox 18 News)

1 comment:

  1. I think it was Morton Smith who described Chronicles as the Death Valley of the Bible--or maybe it was the death Valley of all ancient literature. It's right up there with the Catalog of Ships in the Iliad. Ah, well.



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