May 2, 2017, psalm 109:1-19, Deuteronomy 28, psalm 109:20-31 (25)

This book is a pretty terrible description of the curses that are extraordinarily nasty. You could characterize in 3 ways, ag curses, personal illness, and enemies would defeat them. Bob Kaplan visited us today. He noted the evilness of catabolism. Pries noted there were rewards and curses in the same manner. This may be the basis for wealth for believers and sickness and evil for non believers that Job struggled with. This may be the source of the wealth ministry but doesn’t deal with the curses and what that means. These are the many stories told by various people. Why was this included? There is no Jewish equivalent to the pope. And therefore there is much diversity among Jewish people. Pries remarked about the constant fight against idols made of precious metals and stone. Kaplan said he didn’t think Deuteronomy could be seen as a transcription from God to the people. Why bad things happen to good people is certainly a by product of all of this. It certainly is a problem for people who believe every word in the Bible is inspired by God must have problems with the inner inconsistencies. There is much diversity of beliefs among Judaism. Mariachi ┬áis a collection of stories which is least formidable part of their beliefs. The Jewish Bible includes the prophets, the Talmud, and of course the Torah. Bill asks if this is a change in our perception of God or is a change in how God chooses to act. Al says that this is the basis of treaties in the middle East at the time. The concept of grace doesn’t come up in Judaism, but there are certainly are references to kindness, helpfulness, and almost grace among people. Jews believe more in using the concept of God to guide their daily lives and really don’t have discussions about the afterlife.
Kaplan was asked about the priestly line from Aaron was because their father said so. The name Cohen and Kaplan is a variation of the priestly line come from Aaron. A rabbi is not a priest but rather a teacher. There appears to be no formal priestly function in Judaism but possibly calling on Cohen’s or Levites to formally end Torah readings.