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21 January 2003 @ 09:00 pm
So... what?  
To: The cornerstone of modern Christianity.
RE: Being irritatingly incomprehensible.

I can't make head or tails of you. Let's work on this, shall we?


I dug one of my Bibles out of the basement (I steal from the Gideons). I've spent the last two hours trying to figure some of this stuff out. Mostly I'm irritated at a lack of analysis (on the web, at least) of spirituals and gospel music. So far I've found one interpretation of "Wade in the Water" as a reference to Moses parting the Red Sea (which makes sense, though my initial reaction was that of baptismal) and this scriptural reference in "Elijah Rock":

"Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank." Numbers 20:11

Which seems likely, except that I'm still unclear on the connection between Elijah and Moses. They appear together once, as far as I can tell, and that's briefly in the book of Matthew somewhere. So why is the song based upon an act of Moses (and not a very positive one at that, when taken in context) but makes continual allusions to Elijah?

So far, the most helpful thing I've been able to find is this article that compares Moses and Elijah. They also mention that Moses would refer to Christ as a 'Rock', which makes even more sense in the context of that song. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely coherent right now due to cold and headache and I'm not sure how much of this I'm actually absorbing.

This site is also entertaining and helpful, as if contains pretty much the entire Bible online. And you can ignore the annotations if you wish.

I'm going to write this series even if it kills me. I will. I'm thinking of going from a passage focusing highly on Elijah (in other words, what "1 Kings 18" is), to a sort of segueway of comparison between Elijah and Moses (where that'll come from, I have no idea. I suspect "Elijah Rock", though I don't really want to use it), to Moses parting the Red Sea (which ties in fairly well to a "Wade in the Water" fic I had planned about conversations in the rain... "Exodus 14", anyone?), to (and this is a big maybe) a final (very short) ending piece in Revelations.

In fact, now that I think about it, it might be good to do a (again, very short) Genesis prequel.

And the entire adventure shall be called "Hoppity-skipping Through the Bible in Five Easy Steps!"

Look, these are mostly notes to myself. But I'd really appreciate any feedback, corrections, ideas, and supplimentals other people would care to give me. When I started typing last night... I seriously had no fucking idea this'd become such a huge project. >__> And I know you people out there have opinions.
Current Mood: Jezebel, the Biblical Whore
Current Music: Choralworks- Selma 150
I'm Ellen "Scrunch" Lyle.hortonhearsawho on January 21st, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
I know less than nothing about any Biblical specifics, let alone analysis, so I can't be much help there...

I do know, however, that you should write them! Because yes! The first one was brilliant. And "Hoppity-skipping Through the Bible in Five Easy Steps!" is not only the funniest thing I have read all day, it's also a great idea. Hooray!! [does a jig]
DrWorm: squallxlagunadrworm on January 24th, 2003 09:24 pm (UTC)
*thumbs up* Jig on, yo. I shall do my best.
turrrrrrrrrrrtle powerg0djillaaa on January 21st, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds neat.. and I get confused when I read the bible, too. I mean it. I had a whole list of questions just reading the first couple of chapters of Genesis.

WHERE DID THE PEOPLE OF NOD COME FROM, DAMMIT? Maybe they're the hobbits or something.
DrWorm: sighdrworm on January 24th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)
I can barely get past the Adam and Eve story, so... yeah.

And why does God feel it's necessary for us to know who begat whom begat whom? I mean, seriously. Pages and pages of that.
turrrrrrrrrrrtle powerg0djillaaa on January 24th, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
How about the whole family history of Jesus? it's nuts.
(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2003 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, I actually know some of this...
"Wade in the Water" is a reference to the pool of Bethesda, where an angel supposedly came and "troubled the water" every [unremembered time interval]. Anyone with any infirmity could come and "wade in the water" when the angel came down, and they would be miraculously cured. Thus the words: Wade in the water, children, God's gonna trouble the water. It's an idea of healing.

The idea with Moses and the rock is that he's giving sustenance to the people. Or something like that. You've got the right reference, the one from Numbers. The rock thing is linked via a bunch of Jewish tradition (Moses>rocks>"rock of ages" and associated metaphors for God>Paul's epistles, or some such tenuous business).

If you're wondering why I looked this up, it's because we did both those songs in our choir.
"Satan ain't nothing but a snake in the grass!"
"He's a conjur, he's a liar!" "Hallelujah Jesus!"