Pharobama and the guilt of Eli’s house

The Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

The Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

I Samuel 3:10-14

February 12, 2008: Barack Obama gives him a thrill up leg

November 6, 2008: Chris Matthews said, “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work.”

December 1, 2009: Chris Matthews referred to the United States Military Academy as “the enemy camp.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Matthews

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3 responses to “Pharobama and the guilt of Eli’s house

  1. Ol’ Iknaton (forgive my politically incorrect Egyptian spelling) gets a bad rap because he elevated the Sun God to represent Supreme Deity, but that crazy, starry-eyed dreamer was trying to impose the outlandish idea of One God “before all others,” in one generation, to an entrenched polytheism. Yes, the media reported it as his “trampling on the religious rights” — monotheism threatened the myriad vested interests in other deities, and when Ik was gone, they quickly got back to business as usual. Seriously, force was how things were done, one way or another back then. He failed because he didn’t trample on polytheism enough, you see. The seed of Monotheism had to arise elsewhere, and luckily Monotheism was never spread by force again. 😛

    So I don’t find the comparison all that apt. Unwise, both of them, yeah, impolitic in many ways, no doubt. Same could be said about many a well-intentioned but incompetent leader or official. History needs to cut Ik some slack.

    Also, were you consciously making an oblique dig at the peculiar relationship between Barack and Michelle when you wrote that Iknaton was the wife of Nefertiti, or was it just unconscious? (Mrs Mindful pointed that out. I completely missed it.)

    Nefertiti was allegedly gorgeous, but if all you had was media reports, you’d think Michelle was a classy dresser, too. Rumor has it Nefertiti didn’t go for oversize belts, although she had some nearly-British taste in headgear.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Jeez, Mindful. I was just making a joke.

    The references to Nefertiti and Tut were only in there because people know those names and I thought it would make them go “ah ha” a little more than Akhenaten’s name on its own.

    I majored in Art History and, since Akh’s reign included the only really notable variety in 3,000 years of Egyptian art, I am aware of the whole monotheism spin. That’s usually how he is mentioned, though I personally think it’s erroneous to say he was promoting monotheism in any sense that is comparable to Judaism, which I’ve seen done.

    This blog was inspired by a chance encounter with the paired pics of Obama with Akh’s statues. I thought the resemblance was funny, because of the cult of Obama, which I’ve been tracking for years.

    Chrissy’s Site Bites “The Cult of Obama” album
    http://news.webshots.com/album/579814500XqfKsx

    In my text, I left out the poly vs. mono theistic issue, because it did nothing for my joke. I chose to focus on the oppressive nature of the Obama regime and the fact that Akh’s reign was TOTALLY FORGOTTEN for millennia.

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    • “Jeez, Mindful. I was just making a joke.” Jeez back, Chrissy, I was kind-of (trying to be) joking back, even if I beat up on your joke to do so. Yes, the resemblance was funny. I should have put in more :)’s in my comment. I certainly am with you in the spirit of all you suggest about the 0!

      Like metaphors and parables, jokes usually are better taken at face value, rather than straining at every gnat. So ignore the rest of this ramble, where I gniggle further. 😉

      Theologically…

      “…erroneous to say [Iknaton] was promoting monotheism in any sense that is comparable to Judaism….” I wonder whether the roots of Iknaton’s monotheism, and Judaism’s, may have had some consanguinity. Ik didn’t imbibe the Big New Idea from traditional Egyptian teaching.

      Elevation of concept from poly- to mono-theism certainly does not always include every good concept we have had revealed to us about Our Father, but to monotheists, at least the idea of “no other gods before Me” steps in the right direction. No guarantees (witness the hopelessness of monotheistic Islam), but generally speaking, “righter” beliefs bring souls a degree closer to God. Almost all the world’s cultures, even if they don’t become “converted to Christian,” have been elevated by exposure to Christ’s teachings.

      Politically…

      Ik’s pushing monotheism suggests he was deprecating, if not practically abdicating, the divine Pharaonic position, which would fatally weaken fealty to his administration. That’s why I say (and here I am beating up on your joke again), Obama might be more aptly compared to previous and later Pharaohs, the ones who more gladly and fully accepted their purported divine status… except that, I expect, despite the public portrayal, god-kings, Pharaoh, Caesar, or Emperor, usually understand the truth of their own actual mortality, and I’m not sure I could say that about the man who said being Dictator of China would be “easier.” (Voted most likely to believe his own propaganda by 8 out of 10 fellow choomsters.)

      Have I picked every gnit from this? No, wait, I still want to know if you meant to say “Akhenaten” was the wife of Nefertiti? 😀

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