By Jonathan Kirsch
"The tales you're approximately to learn are the most violent and sexually particular in all of Western literature. they're stories of human ardour in all of its countless type: adultery, seduction, incest, rape, mutilation, assassination, torture, sacrifice, and homicide. . . ."
Sex. Violence. Scandal. those are phrases we not often go together with the sacred textual content of the Bible. but during this remarkable ebook, Jonathan Kirsch recounts stunning stories which were suppressed through non secular experts all through background. Kirsch locations every one tale in the political and social context of its time, delves into the newest biblical scholarship to give an explanation for why every one was once initially censored, and indicates how those historical narratives carry worthwhile classes for we all.
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On the day before they fled to the mountains, Lot’s family had learned that lesson once again. ” And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 1-3 Their father returned to the house after nightfall with two hooded strangers. They had appeared at sunset at the gates to the city, where Lot bowed low to them and begged them to come home with him for a bath, an evening meal, and a bed for the night.
And so my son’s question is answered here: The stories collected in these pages are the ones that I—like so many other shocked Bible readers over the millennia—was tempted to leave out. THE FORBIDDEN BIBLE The stories that are retold here will come as a surprise to many readers precisely because, over the centuries, they have been suppressed by rabbis, priests, and ministers uncomfortable with the candor of the biblical storytellers about human conduct, sexual or otherwise. At times, the instruments of censorship have been subtle and even devious, and that’s why even regular church- and synagogue-goers may not know that these stories, bold and blunt as they are, can be found in the original text of the Bible.
The hot ash that was drifting down from the sky like silent rain began to cover the crown of her head, the tip of her nose, her arms and shoulders. And then, falling more quickly now, the ash cooled, hardened, and crystallized, until Lot’s wife was encased in a shell of opalescent white rock that turned her into a statue of herself. Whether it was the flakes of ash falling on her lips or the tears falling from her eyes, Lot’s youngest daughter suddenly tasted salt on her tongue. ” she shouted, but Lot could barely hear her voice over the hot wind that blew around them from the direction of Sodom.