Wednesday, May 04, 2011

On Seeing Sexual Overtones: The God of the Torah is a Woman?

In The Book of J, Yale literature professor Harold Bloom and David Rosenberg (who translated the Biblical texts) portrayed one of the posited ancient documents that formed the basis of the first five books of the bible as the work of a great literary artist who had no intention of composing a dogmatically religious work. They further envisaged this anonymous writer as a woman attached to the court of the successors of the Israelite kings David and Solomon — a piece of speculation which drew much attention. Later, Bloom said that the speculations didn't go far enough, and perhaps he should have identified J with the Biblical Bathsheba.

You actually think a male God would sanction circumcision?

2 comments:

Gary Freedman said...

"Although Freedman may have honestly believed that everything that happened to him had sexual overtones, the nature of the evidence precludes a finding that the Department’s contrary conclusion was in any way arbitrary or capricious." Brief of Appellee District of Columbia, Freedman v. D.C. Dept. Human Rights, D.C.C.A. no. 96-CV-96 (Sept. 1, 1998).

I read sexual overtones in the Torah, and believe the author was a woman. I continue to be mentally ill and disabled under the criteria established by the District of Columbia.

Gary Freedman said...

Incidentally, I sent a copy of my book Significant Moments to Professor Bloom at his home in Connecticut several years ago. I'm surprised he didn't contact the FBI in alarm!