Sunday, February 14, 2010

Exodus, Chapter 28

God turns from interior decoration to fashion design, with every bit of his good taste intact. Now he describes the priestly robes Aaron and his sons are to wear, and again, everything has to be blue and purple and red and gold, and has to be dripping in jewels and intricate designs. God is a conspicuous consumer here.

Next are the instructions for the ephod and the precious stones that are supposed to go in it and how they are supposed to be carved. The breastplate is also supposed to include an urim and thummim, which is a set of mystical dice used in divination. Of course, Jerry is careful to point out that the results were not determined by chance, but by god and that after the Holy Spirit came to power on the Day of Pentecost, which happens in Acts, which isn't until the New Testament, so I don't know about it yet, but the point is, now we don't need to do it. I hope I don't need to point out that Jerry, the biblical literalist, is interpreting here and dismissing the parts he doesn't think are relevant. Of course, he doesn't do that when the passage is about homosexuality or witchcraft.

Around the hem they have to make little pomegranate pom-poms and alternated them with golden bells. If Aaron fails to ring the bell on entering the temple, he'll be killed.

Next is the mitre, which has to have a gigantic gold plate with HOLINESS TO THE LORD (v. 36) engraved on it in capital letters, because heaven forbid we should fail to be ostentatious for even one second here. Then he gives instructions on priestly underwear, which has to reach to the thighs, which settles the question of whether god prefers boxers or briefs. Failure to wear them will also result in death.

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