“About a Book (RE: The Bible)”
REmix by Mottelz
He says “Excuse me, I need to say something.”
And he waits,
He doesn’t wait for people to listen,
Nor for silence.
He waits for an internal calm,
for he knows that if does not clearly articulate his feelings,
if he does not explain the reason for the pit his stomach in a clear and concise manner.
No one will pay attention.
So he takes a moment.
Then he begins,
“So, you want to talk about a book.” he says
Trying to be as polite as possible
despite the loud angry voice in his head that is dying to get out.
“You wish to discuss a…a…a translation…”
(which is the most polite word he can come up with.)
“…of an ancient book that I and others like me still strive to live by to this day.
“You wish to discuss a book
so deep that men,
greater than you or I can ever hope to be,
have spent their lives studying it
and have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer.
“You wish to discuss a book so sacred to me
that I would die before I denounce it.
And I would be far from the first to do so.
“You wish to discuss a book so filled with knowledge
that from it scholars have made calculations it took scientists years to figure out.
“You wish to discuss a scroll
that I kiss out of love whenever I see it.
A scroll that I would have to fast for a year if I saw it fall to the ground.
A scroll which I believe must be buried if it becomes too worn to read.
“Do you wish to discuss this book with me, or do you want to talk about The Bible?
“Because they are not the same thing.
At least not to me.”
He stops for a moment realizing that he is way too worked up.
He takes a breath,
calming himself because he is not finished,
and he really wants to be heard.
he continues trying to remain calm
“That amazing book that I try to live by,
that I would die for,
is not called The Bible,
it is called the Torah.
“And every letter and dot in it teaches me something,
and I’d love to discuss that with you,
before we begin,
make sure that you and I talking about the same thing.”
A smirk suddenly appears on his face and he says very calmly,
“Or we can discuss The Bible,
And I’d love to,
but here’s why I’d pause before doing so,
“You see I don’t know much about it,
Other than its pop culture distortion,
and I know how I would feel if someone were to assume anything about this book that is so dare to me based on some bastardized version they found on the internet,
Therefore I will discuss the Torah with you,
or, if you insist, I will discuss The Bible instead.
But please be clear before we start about which book you’ve read.”
RegularJOE (Director) writes:
You’re bringing up a question of utmost importance to to any discussion about The Bible, in my opinion. The issue of translation. The game of telephone.
If I’m not mistaken, and Mottelz please correct me if I am, the story goes that even the Torah wasn’t written down by Moses himself as he received it from God, but passed down orally for many generations before it was recorded as the text we preserve today.
I once heard Alan Watts giving a lecture (anybody know the one I’m talking about?) where he said that whenever Jesus says “my Lord” in The Bible, it’s a pretty inaccurate translation. The word “Lord” implies human royalty, but Jesus addressed God as something much greater/different than a human king. However, the guys doing the translation from Arameic to Greek to Latin to English, they had an agenda to reinforce the power of human kings, and so they used that word.
So to answer your question, I’m interested in talking about both the Torah and the Bible. And very interested in talking about the differences between the two.
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