My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Monday, February 19, 2007

Ezekiel 23

Ewh... that's dirty...

Summary:
There were two sisters, Ohalah (=Samaria) and Oholibah (=Jerusalem). They became prostitutes at a young age in Egypt. Ohalah continued to prostitute herself to Assyrians even when they were mine, so I gave her to them and they killed her. Oholibah saw this and did worse! She saw photos of Babylonians and desperately sent for them in lust. She wanted it.

Even your lustful lovers are disgusted by you, so I'll bring them to you with weapons and they'll attack you are strip you of your jewellery. Your disgrace will lie exposed. You will suffer your sister's fate.

Ezekiel, will you judge Ohalah and Oholibah? They drew a harem of men around themselves. May a mob destroy them and their dirty lifestyle.

Key verse:
20. There she [CENSORED] after her [CENSORED], whose [CENSORED] were like those of [CENSORED] and whose [CENSORED] was like that of [CENSORED].

My thoughts:
Commonly referred to as the dirtiest passage in the Bible. Ewh... that's dirty.

The point is completely consistent with the rest of Ezekiel. Jerusalem is prostituting herself to the idols of other nations and they will be punished for it. Having it explained in this imagery (see Ezekiel 16) does help us see how amazing it was for God to take Jerusalem back.

6 Comments:

Anonymous superbabe said...

Oh Pete you make me laugh!

9:00 pm

 
Anonymous Deane said...

These texts “displace a passionately pro-Israel Yahweh with a side of Yahweh not so often visible, a Yahweh who is out of control with the violent, sexual rage of a husband who assaults his own beloved.”
- "Brueggz" Brueggemann

I interrupted my reading of 'The Odes of Solomon' to have a browse at your blogging. You seem to have whizzed through Ezekiel since I last looked.

Odes of Solomon: http://www.cityside.org.nz/node/278

4:44 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

I think it's fair enough to call Yahweh violent in these passages, but I'm not sure if 'out-of-control' is a fair conclusion.

Those Odes of Solomon look interesting. I think your statement of c.100AD doesn't really do justice to the breadth of opinion as to its dating. Very interesting though.

5:36 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

oh, and yes. I am hilarious

5:47 pm

 
Blogger Brian Dale said...

They sacrificed and murdered there children you idiot that's murder you say YHWH out of control they murdered and ate there children for food you moron

8:03 pm

 
Blogger Brian Dale said...

They sacrificed and murdered there children you idiot that's murder you say YHWH out of control they murdered and ate there children for food you moron

8:07 pm

 

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