Crumb – Genesis and Real People

Mitton Crumb

I think people have the wrong idea about who G works with. At least the Hebrew G. We imagine the people G uses are like our pastor or priest, or maybe like the sweater-wearing goof from The Simpsons. I can’t say that G doesn’t work with these folks, or that He won’t. I not much a speaker for G.

I was reading the Hebrew scriptures today – Genesis – about Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rebekah, and Laban. Jacob, along with his two wives and their servant girls are the progenitors of the Jewish people. Their twelve sons became the namesakes for the twelve tribes.

If you haven’t read their stories, get yerself a Bible. Get a modern reading version so you can hear the stories and not get lost in the language. Man, let me tell you, these are some messed up folks. They lie, they steal, they connive, they rape – if they lived in your neighborhood, you hope they like you. These are the kind of people who take care of their own. They would take care of you, too, if they didn’t’ like you. Maybe with a hundred pounds of camel poop dumped in your driveway and them laughing, daring you to blame them when you go to work.

I read this section and I couldn’t help but compare it the the Christian New Testament. There, G and Jesus work with people who appear to be generally upright. It’s hard for me to imagine Jesus sitting with Jacob and blessing him knowing all the time that his wife has stole her father’s idol and stuffed them in her suitcase. Jacob shouts that whoever the idols should be killed. When Rebekah’s father comes to search her things she feigns to be on her period and can’t get up. It’s a hoot. It kind of proves the novelist’s trope that there’s no new story under the sun.

As far as men go, none of this is surprising. These are the things men and women do. Maybe they do it more and more outrageously living in a tribal state? I don’t know.  Then there is the Hebrew covenant with G who promised to do a work – were these just the best people he could find?

It’s an odd tale, but a good read that will turn some cherished ideas on their head.  It makes me want to read Torah interpretations more, instead of Christian. To get the story from Jacob’s nephews and nieces, from the family, you know.

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