Thursday, September 16, 2010

Uncircumcised Lips and Yet More Incest

School has started! I am chronically behind on homework! Updates will be less frequent, but I will have my Kindle back TOMORROW, so that should help. In the meantime, thoughts on the next two chapters of Exodus!

Did You Know Moses' first request to Pharaoh was NOT for freedom forever, it was for a three day vacation so they could go into the desert and make sacrifices to the Lord? However, unlike the US public school system, Pharaoh does NOT hold with giving extra time off for Jewish holidays. Instead, he takes away their straw and punishes them for making less bricks. So the slaves whine at Moses, who whines at the Lord, who spends the next half chapter saying, yes, he is GETTING to the whole freedom Promised Land thing he promised generations ago.

We also get another family tree recap; it may interest you to know that Moses is NOT a direct descendant of Joseph, even though Joseph was the Good Guy. Moses is the great grandson of Levi, whom you dear readers know as one of the two brothers who defended Dinah's honor through mass murder.

It may also interest you that Moses' mother is also his great aunt, but after a certain point the incest angle just gets too repetitive to be very funny.

Chapter 6 ends with more Moses whining:
Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?
They circumcised their LIPS back then? HARDCORE. It seems to me this would, if anything, impede good public speaking. Unless everyone spoke with a heavy lisp EXCEPT for Moses and not having a lisp was considered weird, like that stupid Twilight Zone episode with the pig people.

1 comment:

  1. Huh! I've been googling around and have found a couple of explanations of Moses' speech impediment, but none of why the term "uncircumcised" would be used.