DeclarationsThursday, September 9th, 2004
The 'terror' besieging the Jehovan West is religious war, over three thousand years old: conquest and counter-conquest, Crusade and 'Jihad' (so-called), since the coming of 'God'. 9/11 2001 saw a vengeful blow against Israel - the original assailant - at its weakest point. If the purpose was to stir up a hornets' nest of reaction, that would create more disenfranchised recruits for this war, it succeeded horribly. For when US President George W. Bush blurred the distinction between homeland security and geopolitical goals, by invading Iraq in the name of 'counter-terror', he became prime mover in the fundamentalist cause.
Holy war - 'Judaeo-Christian' conquest mirrored back as 'Jihad' - became the unifying cause of a pan-national, anti-imperialist, impoverished Islam. It is an historic struggle between cultures, over earthly spoils and the right to enjoy them in peace. War and revolution have always been so.
In the Middle East, 'secular democratic' industrialism does final battle with backward, 'holy' Theocracy. Or it would, if 'Christian Zionism' were not so integral to the fight. Transcending the religious ideologies of the terror war is key to its end. For only in the unification of the Semitic-influenced cultures - to equitable global purpose - will their promise be realised. It is no coincidence that conflicting followers of the one same desert god, would transform the Earth to most resemble that terrain. Humanity must do better than this.
Together, now, arrives transcendent peace - built upon the g0od reverance within us all. The prophetic tradition reaches unifying climax, as all nations become One "i am" of humble awareness. Sharing this Truth is our primary mortal task on Earth. Let there be peace.
These pages are working notes on the above theme, to develop over time.
What mobilises poor Arab peoples and world fundamentalist Islam:
Genesis 15,18 - "In the same day [as animal sacrificial communion] the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." ["Holy Bible" King James version (KJB), Collins, London 1957, p.19]
In Iraq today, is the USA not fulfilling Abraham's dream? An expansionist Israel is greatly feared and resisted in more voluminous blood of Islamic militants. Mecca itself triangulates the firing zone. Syria and Iran are border target states.
The following notes collate references on our theme. Emphasis is given to materialist critique, exposing the intra-Semitic propaganda war started 3,000 years ago as "holy" written history, and the lasting conceptual framework at its base.
The benefit of studying religious classics objectively is that it reveals major traditional faith to be ideology - of nation-building specifically - neither neutral nor culturally universal at all. That is, (Western) "faith" is mostly about justifying individual title to what is owned in the world, in a culturally relative way; i.e. faith meets subjective social and psychological needs, far more than it connects with any aspect of external material (universal) reality. "Faith" alone is never enough, and requires substantiation by science.
Economic science is sufficient to explain the modern "terrorist" bogey, and its emergence in the transition from "Cold War" to hot war (Soviet Russia's decline). The West, with its subliminal and manifest faiths, is the true aggressor, and has been so since it first innovated modern "holy" and exclusive property (in the crucible of ancient Egypt).
Salaam and Shalom: peace be unto all
Bible commentaryThe first five books of the Tanakh (Old Testament) are known to Christians as the Pentateuch, and to Jews as the Torah - the Book of the Law of Moses. A working knowledge of this cogent textual unit begins any quest for human spiritual rebirth, because materialism's domination on Earth is built very purely upon it.
The Torah's mythological explication of human origins formulates an early Middle East history - from the moment of anthropomorphised 'creation', to the verge of Palestinian dispossession. Much change from pagan and pantheistic religious practices, and into monarchical and patriarchal social organisation, is recorded here - creating the template for feudal and post-feudal Europe, and thereafter the colonised world.
The Bible's claim as human history's most important book is cemented here - in the Torah's documentation of popular economic transformation. Old Testament = "A"
A-1 Genesis 1,7 - innovation: singular causation resolves pantheistic disparity.
"And God made the firmanent, and divided the waters which were under the firmanent from the waters which were above the firmanent: and it was so."
Prescience saw this ancient record mistake the source of rain, as another water world beyond the clouds of Heaven. Thus Jehoweh was primarily the water god, which makes sense in a desert, where 'His' placation means life or death dedication: the Gatekeeper Of Deluges could withhold the lifespring, or flood in anger. The Hebrew migration becomes plain, on this critical resource issue. Famine drove migration.
In summary, Genesis accounts for the Hebrews' eviction from agrarian Mesopotamia, and their nomadic herding life in search of sustainable pasture from which to base security ever since. By tradition, grower Cain slew shepherd Abel, but saw his line annihilated except for master husbandsman Noah's. From Abraham to Isaac to Jacob, passed a socially authoratitive moral creed - "Upright (with) God" (or "God fights") - 'Israel': "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed" 32:28. The 'purified' ideology of feudalism was thus founded.
This migrant people gathered stock, traditions, numbers and wealth, before, during, and after settlement, bureaucratic rise, enslavement and escape, in, then from, fertile Egypt. The rise from successful corn growers to tax administrators for the Phaoronic state was eventually reacted against, with dispossessing demotion to slave class, necessitating departure. Israel's survival proved that they had perfected statecraft. Before and after their sojourn in Egypt, this wandering people was martially victorious too.
A-2 Exodus - disgorged by the Pharoahs, the desert welcomes Israel.
A-3 Leviticus - hardened by severe environent, Israel grows as a family-ranked force creating a code of discipline to drive ever onwards for 'promised land.' Priesthood tribe of Levi; purge of military caste generation over forty years, for democratic unity.
Spies were sent out to survey the previously occupied, but currently habitated, Canaan-Palestine.
A-4 Numbers 22,4 - imperialism unleashed: "And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are around us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field." Martial conquests resumed.
23,19 - integrity contrast of blooming patriarchy: "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
24,17 - imperial warning: "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth[/tumult]"
A-5 Deuteronomy - history recited to action, more law, genocides commence, conquest of Palestine arrived at and prepared, made all-or-nothing ideology, but 'Judaeo-Christian' morality is thus faulted, especially of paid military: "27,17 - Cursed [be] he that removeth his neighbour's landmark.. 27,25 - Cursed [be] he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person.. 27,26 - Cursed [be] he that confirmeth not [all] the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen."
A-6 Joshua - Jordan crossed & Palestine invaded, genocides continue, conquest incomplete where Mediterranean coast not reached; thus worship of the son of god/-El ("an ancient sky God.. throne on the mountain between the two rivers" feeding all sky/earth, salt/fresh, & ocean/lake water bodies The Father God named El - father of Ba'al, Pagan God of Fertility / Baal / Baalim ('lords' plural) / Belial - retained sway, for quite some time.. (the Earth-rooted, nature god had to be supplanted by the abstract, reified import El for colonisation to succeed. "The Bible itself refers to Satan as 'the god of this world...' (2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Jo. 5:1)" - "GOD" or "ELOHIM"?; "Was the command to exterminate the Canaanites a justifiable act..? ..Baal was the god of the rain and storm.. and all fertility" The Religion of the Canaanites Quartz Hill School of Theology; Qadash Kinahnu "Canaanite-Phoenician Temple" site)
A-7 Judges - religious cohesion fades and renews in bursts, while Law-givers prevail; separate tribes, schism and purge.
(Steady collapse of original, 12-tribe Patriarchal, settler democratic unity of 'nation'/s..)
A-8 Ruth - S-E neighbour tribe Moab married into genealogy & legacy (warred against later).
A-9 Samuel 1 - religious bureaucracy purged, made humble vs corruption, & promoted, returning Monarchy: 2:1 - Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.. 2:5 [They that were] full have hired out themselves for bread; and [they that were] hungry ceased.. 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.. 2:10 ..the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.. 2:36 ..Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.
10:- 1st King, Saul, struggles to restore & extend unity, via Gibeah Benjamin war.. 12:11 - of Jerubbaal, Bedan, Jephthah, and Samuel lineage.. 15:- Amalekites beaten south, strengthening Judah with 'Israel'.. 16:- Bethlehemite Jesse-David rises, of the LORD & strategy.. 17:- drives south Philistines coastwards, killing Goliath.. 18:27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.. 18:30- diplomacy credit.. 22:- repression of Judah & priesthood with David.. 23:- Philistines recover, David champion.. 25:- wide-area marriage ties.. 27:- mercenary David makes genocidal league with Philistines vs third tribes.. 28:- Saul defends south, conjuring Samuel past.. 28:9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?.. 29: Philistines attack north, 30:- David south, democratic gain - 30:24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. :25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.. 31:- Saul extinguished, by archers - technology shift.. - Integration with indigenes & local worship key to southern rise as Judah.
A-10 Samuel 2 - 2nd King, David, much more successful, archers trained: 1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher. 1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!) 2:- Saul's line mostly extinguished, uniting all Israel. Hebron to Salem: 5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. 5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same [is] the city of David. 5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, [that are] hated of David's soul, [he shall be chief and captain]. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. 5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 5:- Philistine counter repulsed. 6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that [were] with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth [between] the cherubims. 6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that [pertaineth] unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. (Temple Mount claimed) 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 8:- borders greatly extended. 8:3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates. 8:7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. ..recorder & scribe - Religious, moral and law-giving criteria of kingship continue to rise, with armaments and counsel. Rabbah 12:31 And he brought forth the people that [were] therein, and put [them] under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem - industrial power & class. 13:- Absalom sets to rule 16:16 God save the king. 18:- fails. 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. - 8/500K forces, pestilence stayed (* Chr1)
A-11 Kings 1 - David then Solomon grow an empire, which later splits back into north & south houses. Patriarchal oligarchy gives way to military monarchy and corruption. Truth defined as public prophecy borne out. Generations of struggle and failure to uphold Abrahamic law: local fertility cult religion still dominates, as do ruthlessness, weak regimes, and insecurity. Fringe role for prophets, less priesthood: 8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which [is] Zion.
A-12 Kings 2 - ditto. Israel of far less righteousness than Judah, eventually making league with Syria for superiority, which fails. Egypt the real power, then Assyria, then Babylon. Both peoples packed off into servitude, despite Josiah's ideological revival in Judah. Seed of monotheist Islam sown 1,000 years before its birth: 17:24 And the king of Assyria brought [men] from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed [them] in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. 17:25 And [so] it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, [that] they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew [some] of them. 17:26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land. 17:27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.. 17:41 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.. 19:20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [That] which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 19:21 This [is] the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, [and] laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
A-13 Chronicles 1 - Royal scribes, 2nd account? Genealogy, ideology, conquests & fall restated. An enemy line also traced: 1:1 Adam, Sheth, Enosh, 1:2 Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jered, 1:3 Henoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 1:4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 1:8 The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 1:10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth. 1:11 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 1:12 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (of whom came the Philistines,) and Caphthorim. 1:13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth, 1:14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite, 1:15 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 1:16 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.
4:1 The sons of Judah.. 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 4:18 ..And these [are] the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took. 4:21 ..and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen, of the house of Ashbea 4:22 ..who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. And [these are] ancient things. 4:23 These [were] the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work. 4:24 The sons of Simeon.. 4:33 And all their villages that [were] round about the same cities, unto Baal. 4:38 These mentioned by [their] names [were] princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly. 4:39 And they went to the entrance of Gedor, [even] unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. 4:40 And they found fat pasture and good, and the land [was] wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for [they] of Ham had dwelt there of old. 4:41 And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because [there was] pasture there for their flocks. 4:42 And [some] of them.. went to mount Seir.. 4:43 And they smote the rest of the Amalekites that were escaped, and dwelt there unto this day.
5:18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, [were] four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war. 5:19 And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that [were] with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him. 5:21 And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand. 5:22 For there fell down many slain, because the war [was] of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity. 5:23 And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon. 5:25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them. 5:26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.
Defeat of Israel: 10:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
Zionist conquest begun: 11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which [is] Jebus; where the Jebusites [were], the inhabitants of the land. 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which [is] the city of David.
Political demonisation begun - 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. (* Sam2)
A-14 Chronicles 2 - External religious (ideological) attack leads to internal command collapse: 32:1 ..Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.. 32:10 Thus saith Sennacherib.. Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem? 32:11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 32:12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it? 32:13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of [other] lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand? 32:14 Who [was there] among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand? 32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?.. 32:18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that [were] on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city. 32:19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, [which were] the work of the hands of man. 32:20 And for this [cause] Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
A-15 Ezra - scribe & spiritual leader who leads return to Jerusalem under Cyrus, reinstates the 'ethnic cleansing': 4:1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel; 4:2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye [do]; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. 4:3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. 4:4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, 4:5 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. 4:6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they [unto him] an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
8:36 And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God. 9:1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, [doing] according to their abominations, [even] of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 9:2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of [those] lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 9:10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, 9:11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. 9:12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave [it] for an inheritance to your children for ever.
10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It [was] the ninth month, on the twentieth [day] of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of [this] matter, and for the great rain. 10:10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 10:11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. 10:12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
A-16 Nehemiah - "Governor" rebuilds (separate) religious culture & state tax infrastructure (earlier forged in Egypt) under Artaxerxes: 5:1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. 5:2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, [are] many: therefore we take up corn [for them], that we may eat, and live. 5:3 [Some] also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. 5:4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, [and that upon] our lands and vineyards. 5:5 Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our daughters are brought unto bondage [already]: neither [is it] in our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and vineyards. 5:6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. 5:7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. 5:8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing [to answer]. 5:9 Also I said, It [is] not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? 5:10 I likewise, [and] my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. 5:11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. 5:12 Then said they, We will restore [them], and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.
9:2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. 9:20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. 9:21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, [so that] they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. 9:22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan. 9:23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess [it]. 9:24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would. 9:25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness. 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest [them] from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
13:22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and [that] they should come [and] keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, [concerning] this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews [that] had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab: 13:24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people. 13:25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, [saying], Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. 13:27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives? 13:28 And [one] of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, [was] son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me. 13:29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. 13:30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business; 13:31 And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
A-17 Esther - Marriage used to gain state functions & status, where never reciprocated, + intrigue & explicit link drawn between feudal marshal power and exclusive property: 4:11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, [there is] one law of his to put [him] to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live. 6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him. 8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he [was] unto her. 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. 9:2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people. 9:3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 9:4 For Mordecai [was] great in the king's house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater. 9:5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them. 9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.
A-18 Job - test of faith, demonisation of "earth", water God countermatched to fire Devil:
New Testament = "B""Christian" ideology and socialisation is best understood as a massive, complex and reject mutation of its Hebrew root - like a usually benign cancer that coats, protects and nourishes its host's survival, in a nuclear world, while largely separate and always containing lethal admixture ready and born of its unmerciful offshoot experience. Of course Christianity is also hugely diverse, in and from itself, but mostly around the conflicted principle of material armed "peace" inherited from Judaic code. Historic resolution of this contradiction is possible, through non-violence, disarmament and internationalism. This is the greatest human cause on Earth.
Qur'an commentaryC-1 Sura al-Ikhlas - corrective, monotheistic mysticism:
"Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him."
To be cont'd..
Recognition of 'Israel' - issue'Nile-to-Euphrates' sources - research links & literature
Water bibles - historical context
Two Futures - research conclusions