|Sent on:||Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:20 PM|
"The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed." (Deuteronomy 28:27)
"But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, [even] Ashdod and the coasts thereof" (I Samuel 5:6)
"And it was [so], that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts." (I Samuel 5:9)
When Israel felt rebellious against God's plan, He threatened them with type of plague: "emerods" or by today's terminology, "hemorrhoids."
No wonder why so many atheists consider God a pain in the ass. But then again, Christians and Jews develop hemorrhoids too. If you happen to develop hemorrhoids, then you can trust the Bible that God considers you an enemy.
I receive Publishers Lunch by email on a daily basis, and this is a short excerpt from today's edition. What it means is that this book has been accepted for future publication and we might see it on the shelves and through online stores later this year or, more likely, in 2009. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Biblical scholar Michael Coogan's FIRE IN THE LOINS: Human & Divine Sex in the Bible, exploring the meaning of sex in the biblical texts and the world of the Bible, including the surprising characterizations of Yahweh himself, showing why biblical injunctions cannot be appropriated to legislate morality today, [contracted] to Jonathan Karp at Twelve [presumably a publisher or publishing house, though I've not heard of it before].
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