Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Queerying 4th after Pentecost A

ID: the name Ishmael written in Arabic calligraphy on a seal, in the style of Islamic art.

River Needham M.A., queeries the Tanakh reading.

Tanakh: Genesis 22:1-14

Some time afterward, God put Abraham to the test. Xe said to him, “Abraham,” 
And he answered, “Here I am.”

And Xe said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you.” 

So early next morning, Abraham saddled his ass and took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and he set out for the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his servants, “You stay here with the ass. The boy and I will go up there; we will worship and we will return to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and put it on his son Isaac. He himself took the firestone and the knife; and the two walked off together.

Then Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” 

And he answered, “Yes, my son.” 

And he said, “Here are the firestone and the wood; but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” 

And Abraham said, “God will see to the sheep for Xyr burnt offering, my son.” 

And the two of them walked on together. They arrived at the place of which God had told him. Abraham built an altar there; he laid out the wood; he bound his son Isaac; he laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 

And Abraham picked up the knife to slay his son. Then an angel of the Becoming One called to him from heaven: “Abraham! Abraham!” 

And he answered, “Here I am.” 

And they [the angel] said, “Do not raise your hand against the boy, or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your favored one, from Me.” 

When Abraham looked up, his eye fell upon a ram, caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son. 

And Abraham named that site Adonai-yireh, from which is the present saying, “On the mount of the Becoming One there is vision.”

Queeries for the text:
Where is there revisionist history in this story?
How is revisionist history resisted today?
How does God feel about child sacrifices?
What's the purpose of a burnt offering?
Which documents are noticeable in this redaction of the story?
Were Abraham and Isaac historical people?
Where is Adonai-Yireh today?

What are your queeries?

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