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Monday, December 06, 2010

Day 94 (Jeremiah's no Jesus)

[reaction to OYB's Oct. 15-17 readings]

While reading stories about Moses and Elijah, for example, one is often struck by how much the Gospels represent Jesus as a new incarnation of these heroes. In today's readings, it struck me how un-Christlike Jeremiah's stories are at time. First, he says this about people who would have him killed:
But you, LORD, know
all their plots to kill me.
Do not forgive their crimes
or blot out their sins from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger.
Um, not exactly "forgive them for they know not what they do." Then there is the story of Jeremiah trying to pull this stunt where he walks around town with a yoke to get everyone to get back in line, only to lose his debate--something that never happened to Jesus--against an opposing prophet and then God killed the guy for him.

Jeremiah selection here.

More evidence of conflicting views of Jesus' ministry is found in the first chapter of First Timothy.

Finally, 1 Timothy 2:9-13 contains more Pauline misogyny, including this dandy, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet." I know of churches that take this requirement from Paul quite literally while almost completely ignoring the mountains of scripture requiring justice for the poor. That is almost as curious as Paul's woman hating. (By the way, I wonder if Priscilla and Aquilla would be okay with this passage.

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