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Live Blogging the Bible: Exodus 25-31

by Noah Lugeons

Well, I just finished the “interior decorating” portion of Exodus.  For those who haven’t read the book (and how I increasingly envy them), this is the part where Moses goes up on Mt. Sinai to receive the word of god.  He’s up there for forty days and forty nights and honestly, it seems like god ran out of shit to talk about after day three.

The chapters immediately before 25 detail the closest thing to morality that the book has to offer yet.  This part includes the nine commandments and the numerous supplementary commandments like “Thou shalt not boil a kid in its mother’s milk” and “Thou shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened” and as haphazard as this list is, many of the particulars deal with real world situations (mostly ox related).

But then God, supremely inefficient time manager that he is, decides that he’s pretty much taken care of all of human interaction with a few ox rules and a dictate to kill witches.  So he spends the rest of his time on “Project Runway: Tabernacle Edition” and we spend 7 FUCKING CHAPTERS getting the low-down on exactly how he wants his tabernacle built… and his ark built… and his curtains… and his altar… and his separate little “incense altar”… and the clothes for his priests… and, I shit you not, the wash basin that the priests will use that will sit outside the tent.

For seven full chapters, we’re treated to details like (ex 27:16 & 27:17):

For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, of blue, purple and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, embroidered with needlework; it shall have four pillars and with them four bases.  All the pillars around the court shall be banded with silver, their hooks shall be of silver, and their bases of bronze”

So apparently when Christians call the bible a “book of answers”, they assume one of your questions was “yes, but if I’m making an ark for god tablets, what kind of wood should I use for the poles to carry it?”

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  1. May 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I wonder if anyone has kept track of what chapters of which books are completely useless to see just how few words are useful. Perhaps we can get this whole Christianity thing down to a chick tract ?

  2. Hugh J. Sumption
    May 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    …or a postage stamp.

    It would be interesting to see a serious effort along the lines of what you suggest.

    Thomas Jefferson did something similar with the New Testament:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible

    Makes you wonder if he decided that the OT wasn’t worth the effort.

  3. Hugh J. Sumption
    May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    … and the clothes for his priests…

    I wonder if it was at this point that stiletto heels were considered and rejected as “too on the nose”?

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