2014-04-29

the god's chosen people or way?

4.29: news.relig/judaism/the god's chosen people or way?:
summary:
. it wasn't that god had chosen the Hebrews,
the Bible shows god choosing imperialism:
evolution to perfect mastery of technology;
high-tech is the star of David .

. when we speak of the god's chosen people,
Mr.Kirsch says we're talking about receiving the Torah:
"( One famous midrash tried to come to grips with
the problem by imagining that before choosing Israel
God actually offered his Torah to
all the nations of the Earth.
But one by one they rejected it,
finding its laws and prohibitions too burdensome;
only the Israelites agreed to take it on themselves.
... but the great tanna Rabbi Meir
gives exactly the opposite explanation:
"It is because they are impudent".
The Jews, on this account, have a hard time
obeying laws and showing respect to God;
therefore, they needed what the Torah itself calls
“a fiery law,” one that was strict and punitive enough
 to bring them into line.
Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish would elaborate:
"There are three impudent ones:
The Jewish people among the nations;
the dog among the animals;
and the rooster among birds."
Clare Spark:
. 19th century [euro]American Protestants
such as Herman Melville
could appropriate the notion of the chosen people
to justify American exceptionalism.
. see the-hebraic-american-landscape-sublime-or-despotic .
See Frank E. Manuel's The Broken Staff
for an intellectual history of Hebraism in Christianity.
me:
"Hebraism" or imperialism is thought to be
unpopular among christians?
it was the world's zionist christians who
recently turned Israel from Islamic to Jewish!
and christians have this ongoing drive to
replace communism with free capitalism:
the gentleman's fascism: economic evolution:
the god-chosen winner owns everything .
. it wasn't that god had chosen the Hebrews,
the Bible shows god choosing imperialism:
evolution to perfect mastery of technology;
high-tech is the star of David .