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By Shankar Venkataraman

Humanity is an ever-floating sphere that's held in its place by way of convinced associations equivalent to faith, politics and societal morality. during this fact checking out dialogue, the RJ's try to discover the reason at the back of religion's grip at the human brain. religion and ideology in dogma are peeled on a dish and laid out naked for all to view. what's the analysis for blind religion and the way did the sufferer turn out being during this situation? subscribe to us as we play Atheist to the doctrines that experience lengthy blinded, in an try and discover the doctoring in the back of those divinities.

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36 Bloch-Smith thus shifts the formulation of ethnicity from contemporary to ancient sources. Setting aside whether it is possible to speak in any transcultural or neutral sense about ethnicity, this approach asks how ancient Israel defines and understands what we call ethnicity, and it permits Bloch-Smith to offer a solution to the puzzling difference between the Philistine and Canaanite archaeological records. 37 In the case of the Philistines, writes Bloch-Smith, biblical texts match archaeology fairly closely; the differences between the groups marked in the Bible can be seen in the material record.

But how ethnically distinct were the Gibeonites? 27 If so, the distinction between Israelite and Gibeonite may have much more to do with political or religious differences than any genuinely distinct history of a people or “ethnic” group. As Blenkinsopp indicates, Gibeon’s importance involves cultic tradition as well as political and military strength. , 1 Kgs. 3:4). The text of Josh. 28 Peter Kearney observes some striking similarities between Gen. 3 and Josh. 9. Both stories report the ability of a clever (Mwr() party to trick the central characters (Eve, Joshua) into unwise actions.

With a single act of improper looking, Ham seals the fate of his son Canaan and the people after him. Crossing the boundary of sexual propriety within the family leads to exclusion from the family. There is a kind of poetic justice in the curse insofar as Shem and Japheth act as servants toward their father, covering his nakedness. Canaan, son of Ham, must now become a servant to these brothers because of the failure to behave as a servant. According to Meir Sternberg, Gen. 9 marks a “dividing line” in biblical history between ethnic groups.

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