Recent events prompts some observation
Couch potatoes could care less what happened in the red carpet but pay attention to the several winners of the recent NBC-broadcasted Golden Globe Awards, which also, by the way, broadcasts the liberal (mostly anti-Trump) Rachel Maddow show.
This year’s event also had rewarded, its first African-American woman, Oprah, with its most awaited award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Oprah’s touching 9+ minute speech after receiving made speculations that Oprah 2020 (running for president in 2020) may occur.
Also, the awarded individual talked about was Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement, which originally just started with harmed black and brown girls but has then evolved to include ‘grown people, women and men, and other survivors.’
On a more broader level, workplaces have never been the same post-Weinstein scandal late last year. Sexual misconduct on women are now mostly discussed openly and immediate work termination are handed to men who are accused, and there could certainly be a ‘witch hunt’ element to it.
Given the Cecil B. Demille rose to prominence brought by his biblical films, this is where a good majority of the #MeToo people should also take some brief reflection.
Isn’t it in the beginning that Eve was made ‘just’ from a rib of a man? Isn’t it that Eve made the man ‘sin’ because of making him eat the forbidden apple?
There could be much discourse as to how patriarchal and misogynist the foundations of Christianity ever was, but a brush up on the specifics of this religion should facilitate some worthwhile learning for those who are interested.
Most people know that Christianity started in the first century, the Bible itself was a collection of writings and did not come from a single location nor single author, and that its first five books (or scrolls at that era) existed during Moses’ time, between 1500 and 1300 BCE.
*BCE (Before Common Era) and BC (Before Christ) mean the same thing- previous to year 1 CE (Common Era) (YouTube). Why people started counting 1st century as it is had something to do with the Roman Emperor Constantine and is beyond this blog’s discussion.
(Image Source from Frank E. Smitha. Different colors by this blogger)
(Red ink: when prophet Moses had lived, black ink: when Jesus Christ was born, green ink: Constantine the Great publicly declared himself as Christian, and blue ink: in AD 525, Dionysius Exiguus Scythia Minor decided to eliminate reference to the old Diocletian table (calendar) while determining the annually celebrated Easter.)
*Currently, we all use the Anno Domini system (Dionysian Era or Christian Era).
It surely is interesting to know a brief history of the author of Genesis (Bible), and on its 34th sentence wrote that God decided to make his own image.
Going back to Moses and his adventurous 120 life years, certain characterization took place that could have formed the now legally binding laws, such as guaranteeing justice to those who are disadvantaged.
Prior to his flight from Egypt where he committed murder, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince despite him being a Hebrew. Hebrew, according to Britannica, was derived from Habiru, a variant spelling of Ḫapiru (Apiru), a designation of a class of people who made their living by hiring themselves out for various services.
He commited of killing an Egyptian overlord after witnessing the latter abusing a Hebrew.
He then went to Midian, married one of a Midianite’s priest daughters (Zipporah which means “a little bird,” “a sparrow”), and became a shepherd.
Not long before he encountered a burning bush in Mt. Horeb (believed to be Mt. Sinai), and made him able to interact with a God. The voice in the bush claimed to be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and was calling him to deliver Hebrews from Egypt. The God identified himself as Yahweh. Yahweh means He Who Creates (Brings Into Being).
Meanwhile, on his expedition back to Egypt to free the Hebrews, Moses’ pagan wife, Zipporah, saved him by circumcising their son. Sounds hard to imagine, but it is written in the Bible.
“And it came to pass, on the way to the lodging place, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at his feet, and she said: ‘Surely a bridegroom of blood art thou to me.’ So he let him alone. Then she said: ‘A bridegroom of blood in regard of the circumcision.’ ”
Exodus 4:21-26, King James Version
After this incident, Moses sent her and their children away prior to his dealings in Egypt.
Back in Egypt, plagues (frogs, gnats, mosquitoes, cattle murrain, boils, hail, locusts, and thick darkness) coincided with the period when Moses requested of Pharaoh Ramses in letting go of the Hebrews. The latter eventually agreed.
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The Red Sea, which then was miraculously divided, permitted Moses and the Hebrews cross it, and finally ended up in Mt. Sinai. This is where the Ten Commandments (Decalogue) may have been originated from.
Accordingly, some Hebrews at this point in time still worshipped a golden calf over God. As a violation of its second commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,” these people were made to drink the melted calf’s mixture to see who lived later.
In the Midian, Moses then rejoined Zipporah and their children but could have not cared much for her since he himself made a “Cushite” or Ethiopian woman as his wife.
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.”
Numbers 12:1 (King James Version)
Then, in his scrolls, Zipporah was not mentioned, nor the Cushite or Ethiopian woman.