Genesis: A quick redux. Genesis grade: A-

Genesis was an interesting read in that I started to find tangents and parallels taking place that I was not aware of before. I’ve heard people say the Bible is perfect, infallible, and the “word of God”. Well to be honest, I would think the word of God wouldn’t come off like a typical incomplete novel that was still in the works. Sounds critical of me to say but that is the truth. The timeline is erratic, a lot of information and data is missing, and I almost get the impression it was a series of stories squished together to try to fit into one.

Some major observations and questions I come across as I quickly review my findings:

  • Creation. Two stories and they do not match
  • Why is it important that precious stones exist in the lands where Jehovah and the Garden of Eden are placed?
  • Adam and Eve are assumed to be the first two people on earth but after reading the story again and comparing Genesis books 1 and 2, I no longer think that is the case: Cain is afraid of ‘whosoever’ he comes across will want to kill him despite the insinuation of modern translation that he is only the 3rd person on earth.
  • Elohim and Jehovah: Different traits, characteristics, actions
    • Elohim seems cosmic, universal, ethereal, spiritual “Elohim’s spirit floats over the waters”
    • Jehovah seems earthly, worldly, physical “he walks in the cool of the evening”
    • They give different instructions to Noah regarding animals to bring on the Ark and what animals they are allowed to eat
    • Elohim’s offerings are of bread and wine, oil and drink offerings
    • Jehovah’s offerings are beasts and blood, and rejected Cain’s offerings of first fruits
  • The patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Esau, the sons of Jacob and Esau) are all well off, lot’s of flocks and land. They live lives that TODAY would be considered sinful and evil
    • Lying and cheating their brethren
    • Having multiple wives, including wives of slave women
    • Having multiple children with multiple wives
    • Treating their children unequally in terms of their inheritance
    • Disobeying their fathers
    • Not paying heed to the promises of Jehovah “do not fear” yet they do and bring chaos to those around them (Pharaoh, Abimelech, etc.)
    • The non-Jehovah special lineage (Ishmael and Esau) really didn’t do anything wrong compared to their counterparts
  • There is no mention of a priesthood until we find out about Melchizedek, King Priest of the Most High God, who gives thanks with bread and wine (Jesus like) but not the blood and burning flesh of Jehovah
  • There is no mention that evil done by man is caused or influenced by the Devil/Satan.
  • Jehovah is not omnipotent or omniscient “I came to see for myself if the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah is true”
  • With all the knowledge we know about ancient Egypt, many data points are missing in the Genesis description of Egypt (Pharaoh names for example)
  • For one event to happen (the reunion of Joseph with his brothers which saves them from the drought) a WHOLE LOT of other steps were put into place to cause this event, as claimed by Joseph that it was all part of a master plan. Why would an omnipotent god need to do such a thing?
  • Big questions pop up why many of the events and geographical sites mentioned in Genesis are all big mysteries. Where is the evidence?
    • Where was the Garden of Eden and why is it not around today with Jehovah walking around it. Where is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Where is the “flame of a sword” that protects the Tree of Life? Where are the rivers Havilah and Pishon?
    • Do we know where Sodom & Gomorrah really were?
    • Where was the Tower of Babel?
    • Did the Nephilim who were offspring of the sons of Elohim and the daughters of man leave remains behind? Why do we not know the whole story of how that took place and what happened to those that “fell” in Genesis?
    • Is there physical evidence of the great war of kings in Genesis 14? It was of a grand scale and surely something would be left behind. And where did these kings come from?
  • “Israel” was NOT monotheistic, they CLEARLY worshiped other gods, they KNEW of other gods, they POSSESSED other gods (Jacob hiding his family’s idols from Elohim)
  • The patriarchs and the 12 sons of Israel are not boasted about, they clearly are human teetering on a wickedness that modern Christians would condemn. Will this be the case in future books ahead? SPOILER ALERT: I’m jumping ahead and spoiling the narrative by saying no, they get special treatment in future books and their wickedness still exists, if not worsens. This tells me there are yet more authors with different intentions in our future.

Some odd impressions about Jehovah I took that conflict with modern church teachings that I think the bible clearly insinuates:

  • Jehovah was a surrogate father, after all it was until “he did that thing when he visited Sarai” who the bible clearly says both her AND Abraham were beyond child birthing age, did she give birth to Isaac. Was Abraham really the father when it was only by a visit from Jehovah that she gave birth? The precedent was set in Genesis 6 when we are clearly told the spiritual/heavenly beings ARE able to breed with the daughters of man.
  • Jehovah clearly starts to sound like an earthly, tribal god. His physical form means he can walk the earth but is not always on earth because other times he appears in dreams to the patriarchs. He needs physical specificity in the case of: sacrifices (he enjoys the smell of burning flesh), Sodom & Gomorrah (he needs to see the evil for himself)
  • The 12 sons of Jacob and Jacob himself were pretty wicked, yet were protected by Jehovah despite their sins.
  • Jehovah has dragon and/or volcano traits to his being and I think we will see more of this in Exodus.

The “sins” of Adam and Eve all the way down to Jacob (who admitted to the Pharaoh his days have been short and evil) do give a very humanistic aspect to these early peoples, an aspect that even modern man can associate with: deceit, family conflict, land issues, weather related catastrophes, widespread wickedness, and much more.

Some points I’m looking to get clarified in future books:

  • The devil was not accused of involvement in any of the evil actions taken by the peoples of this day (save for the serpent who people insinuate is the devil but Genesis does NOT specify this). The evil comes from man himself, no credit is giving to the devil/Satan
  • The difference between El*elyon, El Shaddai, Elohim, and Yahweh. I no longer believe they are one in the same and have multiple Genesis verses to prove my point. I’m hoping it gets clarified in further verse.
  • When the flood occurred it was (again, different reasons were mentioned pertaining to the difference between Elohim and Jehovah) because the world was overly wicked. There is NO mention of CORRECTION to keep the world from becoming overly wicked again. All we have is a flood that wiped out the wickedness but no measure to prevent it from happening again.
    • SO, BIG QUESTION: Can the world ever become as wicked as described in the pre-flood days?
    • Just how did the author(s) of Genesis define “the world”? Was it the entire globe? The middle east specifically? The eastern hemisphere which we find that not until at least 1492 people thought was the entire world?

Overall my latest study into Genesis really opened my eyes about details NOT discussed by any church officials, bible studies, or conversations with fellow Christians of many denominations. All I get from them is broad assumptions (Adam was first man; Jehovah is the only god; the patriarchs were faithful and role models).

Let me say this, the patriarchs get a big NO WAY in terms of being role models. It can not be denied that their lifestyle would not mesh with modern times, whether the lifestyle of a modern Christian or an average US citizen (polygamy is now illegal).

The big hypocrisy between modern church goers and Genesis: Today it is frowned upon, if not outright illegal, to own slave servants or to marry multiple wives. But that’s what the patriarchs did and it was not frowned upon by Jehovah or Elohim! So why do people point to Genesis and say there are things in there that we should be doing? Isn’t it all or none? Do we get to pick and choose which rules we follow listed in the bible? I know future books of the Bible are really going to hammer this point home.

There is much much more to discuss regarding Genesis, but I need to move on to Exodus for the purpose of this blog. Genesis complete. Overall status: Confused but still open to the word of the bible, not convinced modern science meshes with Genesis, but I know there are many more themes to come in future books so I move on.

I give Genesis an A- because it is absolutely fascinating, but mysterious (thanks to all the missing information) so it puts me in detective and critical thinking mode. I think there are multiple authors and multiple stories squished into one, which is glaringly obvious, but because it warrants more questions it incites my imagination and critical thinking skills in looking for more proving data. Flaming swords, magic trees, Nephilim, giant sea and land creatures (Leviathan and Behemoth), tribal war gods: sorry to say it has a Lord of the Rings feel to it all. If someone does not take it serious I can see why, it’s not that hard to see. I loved the imagery I got from it all (Jehovah, who is given no physical description, “walking” in the cool of the evening in the Garden of Eden, or the Elohim floating over the cosmic waters) so I give it an A- in terms of its effect on my mind and how I place myself in this world.

Let’s see what Exodus does.

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Genesis 42: Joseph in Egypt. First visit of Joseph’s brothers during the Famine

The story shifts back to Canaan, where Jacob (who is supposed to be called Israel but the writer continues with Jacob) tells his sons to stop looking at each other and head down to Egypt because he heard there are food stores there and to buy food so they do not starve.

The famine is in Canaan. Exactly what is this famine? No rain? Too much sun? Unseasonable weather? Again, is there historical record of such a famine? Surely there would be tree rings at least among the great Cedars of Lebanon that would show that this famine was world wide?

10 of Joseph’s brothers took the journey, Benjamin the youngest stayed behind at Jacob’s request. It’s not enough that he THINKS (thanks to the deception of his sons) that he already lost Joseph, he knew he risked losing his 10 sons in their journey, so he preserves Benjamin.

In an interesting dialogue and exchange of words, the 10 brothers make their way to Egypt where Joseph recognizes them (but they do not recognize him) and he speaks sternly with them. Joseph accuses them of being spies, and in their now humble countenances they deny the accusation. They mention that they are all brothers, and behind them were their father and their youngest brother, and a brother who “was not” (Joseph, who they presumed dead).

“Was not” is a term used to describe Enoch. We are told Enoch didn’t die but was taken by God. Do Joseph’s brothers think he was taken also? While he isn’t dead he isn’t on earth the way Enoch was taken?

Joseph leverages the situation by demanding that while he imprisons 9 of them, the 10th goes and retrieves Benjamin, because they are not allowed to proceed further without the 10th son.

Joseph imprisons the 10 sons for 3 days (note the 3 day significance). He releases them but tells them to bring Benjamin to him, to prove their story of their younger brother, so that they should not die. He also tells them to take food back to their house.

There are two languages being used here, we are told Joseph is using an interpreter to speak to his brothers, and while his brothers speak amongst each other, he is able to understand them. It is at this point Reuben the eldest explains that they are all guilty of what happened to Joseph, which is why they are facing their current dilemma.

Joseph, understanding their words, becomes emotional and retreats away from them. After regaining his countenance, he binds Simeon in front of the rest of the brothers and sent them on their way with corn and even returns the money they left behind for the purchase into their sacks.

This sent fear into Jacob and his remaining sons as they all discovered that not only were there sacks full of food, but the money they intended to leave behind was put back in their sacks. The accusation of theft could easily be levied upon them now.

Jacob is in a bad situation:

Genesis 42:37 – And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him (Benjamin who Joseph requested) not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. And he (Jacob) said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Where are the prayer to Elohim? Where are the prayers to Jehovah? Where are the interceding hands? Jacob and his fathers Isaac and Abraham were promised a covenant, so where is there faith in this covenant? This boggles my mind. These men were being pulled in and out of their own beliefs and the promises of their god. While this is a good analogy for modern Christians who lack faith, these men like Jacob actually spoke directly to their god and are still not reaching out to him despite the godly assurances and covenant.

The random intercessions of Jehovah and/or Elohim are interesting. As most modern Christians would say, “God” is just sitting back watching events unfold, testing his servants Jacob and his sons. There could be more to this story. There have been no mentions of altars, burnt offerings, pouring offerings, oil offerings. We are mired in a tangential story that might be telling us, the reader, that the details are not what is important, but the overall message. Fair enough.

Genesis 41: Joseph in Egypt. Pharaoh’s dream

After two years (of Joseph’s imprisonment?) Pharaoh dreams and is troubled by what he saw. He first sees 7 well fed kine (cows) come out of the river and feed in the meadow. 7 more kine came out of the river, except these ones were lean and ill favored, and they stood by the 7 healthy kine. Then the ill and lean kine at the 7 healthy kine.

He had a second dream/vision: 7 ears of corn grew on one stalk, and they were good ears. Then 7 thin ears, blasted with the “east wind” came up after them. The 7 thin ears then ate the 7 healthy ears.

  • What exactly was the “east wind”? Whatever it was it seemed to dry up corn. Was there other directional winds?
  • East is probably the most mentioned cardinal direction in Genesis.

This troubled the Pharaoh so he called for his magicians and wise men to come interpret his dreams, but no one could.

The butler from Chapter 40 suddenly remembers his dream incident and let’s the Pharaoh know that Joseph interpreted his and the baker’s dreams and the interpretations were true. Pharaoh calls for Joseph and Joseph stands in the presence of the Pharaoh:

Genesis 41:15 – And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: Elohim shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

What’s interesting here is, once again, Joseph speaks of Elohim as if Pharaoh knew who he would be talking about. There is no “Who is this Elohim?” or any other questioning by Pharaoh about who Joseph was referring to.

Will we find images, mentions, or statues of Elohim in ancient Egyptian material record? Did the Egyptians have an equivalent of Elohim in their pantheon? Did the Egyptians blame famines on one of their gods the way Joseph has attributed the famine to the choice of Elohim?

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream as actions that Elohim is about to take on the land of Egypt. Seven years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine which will wipe out any of the “plenty” of the first seven years.

Joseph then leverages this by asking Pharaoh to set a wise and discreet man over Egypt to manage these 14 years so that they can survive the famine to come. This includes creating officers to oversee the plan, taking a fifth of all the plenty in the first 7 years, and storing food in the cities to help deal with the 7 year famine.

As if no one else in the Egyptian world could come up with this plan nor was there anyone wise enough in the Egyptian world to oversee and manage the upcoming 14 years, Pharaoh appoints Joseph over all the land of Egypt, and he will be so powerful that only the Pharaoh’s throne will be greater than his.

Joseph was 30 years old when this all happened. He was given the name Zaphenath-paneah (KJV footnote: translated in Coptic as “A revealer of secrets” or “The man to whom secrets are revealed”), and was given a wife named Asenath. He was arrayed in great Egyptian attire, and he would ride in the 2nd chariot of the Pharaoh.

Before the years of famine came, Joseph had two sons:

  • Manasseh – For Elohim hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house
  • Ephraim – For Elohim hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction

Important to note these two sons, because their “house” plays an important role in upcoming events and prophecies. Joseph’s wife was the daughter of Potiphar, Priest of On. Quick search shows On was Heliopolis, center for worship of the Sun god Ra. Can we assume Joseph’s sons are half Egyptian? Will this affect their future and will the Bible attribute any actions on their behalf on their Egyptian blood, if so?

As Joseph interpreted, the 7 years of plenty came, and he stored innumerable amounts of corn. When the famine famished the people of Egypt, they turned to the Pharaoh who told them to turn to Joseph and follow his commands.

Genesis 41:56 – And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that famine was so sore in all lands.

Verses like this abound in the Bible, and are very interesting because the word choice, today and with modern Christians, would have us believe that the ENTIRE EARTH was under famine, and that ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD had to turn to Egypt to survive.

These are some very bold statements to make, and one has to really ask, is there evidence that the entire planet earth was under famine? Countries from all over the world had to come to Egypt for food? Surely this is an event that would be recorded all over the world and definitely recorded in Egypt so there should be no doubt it actually happened.

OR

For this author, and his readers, and the people of the time, “all the face of the earth” and “all countries” only meant those in the immediate areas who the author knew about? Science tells us there were people living in North and South America at the time. Does their material record or histories talk about a famine which required them ALL to sail across an ocean for food?

I know this sounds facetious but it’s a question that needs to be asked.

Because the word choice here in the Old Testament is also used in upcoming prophecies in the Old and New Testament and modern interpreters will say these prophecies are discussing the entire world when the argument could be made they were only for the geographical area known to the people at this time.

What about Joseph, is he mentioned in Egyptian hieroglyphics, oral and written traditions? Is his heroism and wisdom regarding the brutal 7 year famine put into remembrance in Egyptian culture? Does Egyptian history even mention a brutal 7 year famine?

Joseph’s wife was the daughter of Potiphar, Priest of On. Quick search shows On was Heliopolis “City of the Sun”, center for worship of the Sun god Ra. Can we assume Joseph’s sons are half Egyptian? Will this affect their future and will the Bible attribute any actions on their behalf on their Egyptian blood, if so?

We are not even given the name of this particular Pharaoh so once again, questions come up about the validity of this story if we can’t point it to a particular well recorded historical timeline of ancient Egypt.

 

 

 

Genesis 16 – The Birth of Ishmael, Genesis 17 – The painful Covenant for Isaac

In Genesis 16 we read the story of Sarai and Hagar. Sarai says that Jehovah has made her barren (if so, why?), so she tells Abram to impregnate her Egyptian servant Hagar (can we go ahead and say slave here?) so that Abram can bare a seed. This is DESPITE Jehovah already promising Abram that he will bare a child. Despite all the divination and promises, Abram still has to resort to impregnating his wife’s slave servant. Talk about no faith. Abram does so and Hagar conceives. Maybe Abram is under the belief that this is Jehovah’s promise?

Can we see a parallel between Abram/Sarai and Adam/Eve? Jehovah makes a pledge with the man, and the woman has the man break that pledge or go against it. In this case, however, Jehovah does not intercede with punishment. The only one that gets punished, in this case, is Hagar who was already punished by being a slave, and her child Ishmael who, despite receiving Jehovah’s blessings, does not receive a covenant the way his brother Isaac would.

It should be noted that the phrase here was Sarai “… gave her (Hagar) to Abram her husband to be his wife.”

Already knowing polygamy exists here, did Hagar actually become another wife of Abram or his “be his wife” euphemism for the act of creating a child?

Sarai becomes jealous, Abram tells her to treat Hagar as she pleases, and Sarai “dealt hardly” with Hagar and Hagar fled. Sounds like domestic violence.

“The” (note not “an”) angel of Jehovah appears to Hagar. If we take our notion of winged-angels-servants-of-God away then angel in this sense is some sort of physical form of Jehovah whereby he can speak to people publicly. No mentions of wings, white robes, or halos however. Jehovah instructs her to name her son Ishmael.

Genesis 16:12 – And he shall be as a wild ass among men; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s against him; and he shall dwell over all his brethren.

Thus we are foretold about Ishmael’s personality and interactions with not only his brethren but other men.

In Genesis 17, Jehovah appeared to Abram (note the difference between a vision followed by a horror of great darkness) and once again describes the covenant he will have with Abram. But here’s the rub: Jehovah calls himself, for the first time, God Almighty. He changes Abram’s name to Abraham, his wife’s name to Sarah, and reaffirms the covenant of the land. As for a symbol of this covenant, he requires Abraham and his people to circumcise all males in his household, including slaves and Ishmael (who isn’t part of this covenant by the way, so why circumcise him? So now that he is circumcised, is he part of the covenant?)

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Why circumcision? God’s creation in Genesis Book 1 was supposed to be perfect, so why, mess with perfection? Why take away what God gave us from our birth? And why the male genital? Is the mutilation of a baby boy’s genital (or in this case, every man and boy) ok? It seems to be normalized these days. Female genital mutilation is abhorrent these days though. Why accept either?

What’s interesting is as, despite Jehovah saying his covenant will not be with Ishmael,  he tells Abraham that Ishmael will birth 12 princes and will become a great nation, much like what he will promise Abraham’s seed in the future. The only thing lacking is the covenant.

  • Ishmael as a child is innocent of the, what nowadays would be considered sinful, actions of his father and step-mother, so why not include him in the covenant?
    • Being a half breed (racially) is bad seems to be the notion here
    • Being inbred with cousin relations seems to be ok in the meantime
  • Why not set up a separate covenant with Ishmael? Will Ishmael’s descendants also live within the borders of the land Jehovah has set aside for Jacob? The more I read the more this covenant deals with land than with anything else.

It is that this point, 17 books into Genesis, that the words God and Jehovah become intermingled. Despite all the contradictions and differences, it seems the author wants us to think they are one in the same by replacing Jehovah’s name with God after Jehovah claims he is God Almighty. Will the contradictions and differences end at this point?

So, the names and titles of our 3 main characters change at this juncture: Jehovah calls himself God Almighty; Jehovah renames Abram as Abraham; Jehovah renames Sarai as Sarah.

Genesis 4 – Cain/Abel, Curse of Cain, Cain’s wife?

Genesis 4:1 “…I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah.” Ok, is Eve referring to getting a man (Adam)? Or is she referring to a “man” being born to her who was named Cain? With really zero information about how/why they became so, Abel is said to be a keeper of sheep (pastoralist) and Cain a tiller of the ground (agriculturalist). Jehovah favors Abel’s offerings over Cain’s, Cain becomes angry, and he is scolded by Jehovah. He is told that if he does well, his offering will be lifted, but if he does not, then it is a sin, which he is told he does rule over the sin. Cain confronts his brother in the field and slays him.

Cain and Abel
A rendition of the slaying of Abel and the discovery by Jehovah

Jehovah curses Cain to walk the earth as a wanderer and a vagabond, and the earth will not yield to him. Cain, in anguish, says the curse is too much to bear and that all who meet him will want to slay him.

Genesis 4:14 “… and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me.”

Ok, supposedly Cain is the 3rd person to have been created, so then who is he referring to when he says “whosoever”? Is he referring to other people who wander the earth, people not addressed in this particular Jehovah creation? Could he be referring to the beings that God in Genesis 1 refers to when he says “we”? Or is he referring to a possible people described as being created in Genesis 1:26?

Cain is still Jehovah’s creation so he puts a curse on anyone who would slay him will receive vengeance 7 fold, and Jehovah appoints a sign for Cain so that anyone who finds him will not kill him. So just what was this “sign”? I hear it often called the “mark of Cain” but it’s not described. Was it an actual sign worn over his neck? Was it a mark on his body, face, or other that would make it apparent to anyone not to slay the wearer?

Cain leaves Jehovah, goes to the land of Nod, east of Eden, and with his wife, conceives his first son Enoch.

Ok, so where did his wife come from? Was she already on the earth just in a different part? Those who believe Adam and Eve were the first two people on earth would just then say “oh well Adam and Eve must have had daughters.” But the Bible does not mention any daughters! Again, it does not even mention that Adam and Eve were the first on earth, only that they were put into the Garden to tend to it. We just ASSUME they were the first.

Mysteries that are just not covered in the text. I believe they are key to our understanding of what the stories of the Bible truly tell. Creation was good in Book 1, but the Creation of Book 2 to this point on is chaotic, bloody, and imperfect and leads to more questions that just aren’t answered in these texts.

So what happens when there are no definitive answers? We come up with our own. “Well Adam and Eve had daughters so that explains where the wives came from.” The Bible does not say that. “Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on Earth”. The Bible does not say that.

When we make up our own answers and conclusions, and the person next to us makes up their own, then we source the divisiveness that has separated individuals, families, congregations and churches since the first “church” was created.

Anthropologist point of view: This distinction between pastoralist vs agriculturalist and one being favored over the other tells me that this could be a story describing, allegorically, the changeover of a culture into a pastoral based way of life. After all, it was divinely chosen and favored by the so called creator god of this people.

Prelude

I’ve been speed reading and am absolutely enthralled with my bible reading so far. I am at Leviticus 11 and will be turning around back to Genesis 1:1. This was one of my strategies in the past, read to a certain point, then turn around and start over to see what I missed or took out of context.

What my mind is computing from the imagery of the bible (ASV and KJV) is far different from what my young and innocent mind did when I first “read” the bible as a child. Far different from the church services and bible studies I participated in in the past. It’s a new world I’m seeing.

So it’s back to the beginning, where I will start my blog posts. My interpretations and impressions will not mesh with modern interpretations. I am not here to claim to know the truth, only to describe how my mind is envisioning the world of the Old Testament.

IMPORTANT!

It didn’t take very long into my *journey* when I realized there were parallel stories going on in some cases. Not only that, there were multiple names of deities which, at least in modern times, are attributed to one deity, aka God. This did not make sense to me because many of these stories were contradictory or running on parallel tracks, so I’ve decided to go back through my blog and use the proper Hebrew names for the deities each time they occur in the text. So, here’s what you will see mentioned:

  • Every instance of the use of Elohim/Gods (plural)
  • Every instance of the use of Jehovah/The Lord/Yahweh (singular)
  • Every instance of the use of other “god” labels like El (generic term for god), El Shadday (God Almighty), El Elyon (God Most High) (singular)
  • Look for a surprise regarding the term “Baal”

You may tell yourself that these are all names for the same deity but I leave it to the texts to make that decision FOR ME. Especially when you acknowledge that not only is the word Elohim plural, Genesis 1 CLEARLY mentions the word “our” in regards to creation, stating that there are multiple deities involved in creation. You CAN NOT DENY THIS. If you do you are denying the words of the Bible. Hence I will make this distinction instead of fogging up the text as modern translations do to this day in regards to god labels.

The FACT that each name in each story has distinct characteristics that distinguish itself from the other names tell me they are NOT all the same and I will run with that until the TEXT TELLS ME OTHERWISE. After all, I have been told the Bible is inspired, factual, concrete and impermeable to criticism and contradictions (according to my Christian brothers). Sorry brothers, I let the text speak to me now, not you. It will say what it will say and it may offend some of you as I read it. All I can say is do your own research and leave all your prejudices and preconceived notions behind and let the text speak to you. You may be amazed at what you hear and read.

This is not an attempt to skew but to make more transparent and clear what the Bible is trying to say. Peace to you all in the name of Christ Jesus.