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The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are
by Norman Podheretz


I was just looking at N. Podheretz The Prophets.  An exceptionally tashy
book, one can only wonder why he wrote it. At least most theological texts in
this field are merely Sunday school wishfulfilment, half-conscious. But this
book is so brazen it discredits the whole subject.  If that is still
possible.

  Nothing new there. Spinoza patiently pointed out the problems in the
seventeenth century, and, as one of the first Zionists, made clear from the
beginning the basic elements for the Jewish predicament. He was quite
prophetic in his own way, and saw what was coming, and tried to lay the
foundations for something appropriate for the modern world.

 Podheretz cites Albright's History of Israel, and takes potshots at
Wellhausen. That's about it. Amazing.
For what it is worth, research in this area has pretty well demolished this
genre. Time to start from scratch. Was there a Moses? Take it from there, and
stop lying. To pretend any longer is sheer dishonesty. Check out something
like The Bible Unearthed, by Finkelsten and Silberman. It's over when it's
over. It is not true, false, that Jehovah manifested in history, etc.. blah
blah....

Nonetheless secular accounts often fumble also, and that is also a part of
the problem of this endlessly persisting deception. The correct way to take
monotheistic history is hard to come by.
I recommend my 'eonic model' of the remarkable Judaic sequence in its
context, <A HREF="http://eonix.8m.com">http://eonix.8m.com</A>.
 It was part of the whole so-called 'Axial Age' enigma, and was both special
and unspecially the same as the entire spectrum of that nexus. It has nothing
whatsover to do with God or Jehovah.
 The eonic model would make a good standard here for all parties (and you are
free to critique that also, but it can help to see why the subject is so
confused), because it is neither mythology nor secular trashing of the data.
Jews and Christians have no connection with those events, which are now so
antiquated as to be a dangerous quagmire.  Reasonable men have to wait
patiently while madmen play out this insanity, and not ever get rehoodwinked
at the point where clarity is needed to move on.

Time to face reality, the Judaic tradition based on the Old Testament is
dying, along with the Christian and Islamic. I don't like that, but I can't
change it. The whole thing looks sacred from one perspective, but from
another the whole thing is a huge swindle. We need to pull each other out of
the wreckage and move on.

 Actually, minus the neo-conservative boilerplate inserted in ludicrous
fashion at strategic points in the book, it is no worse than most in this
genre, but when someone like Podheretz dips into this field, it becomes
tastelessly obvious, if not dangerous to critics,  that the Old Testament is,
was, and remains mostly propaganda.
  Let me guess, this is a rightwing shot-in-the-arm for the Jewish Lobby and
the Bible Belt, and much needed religious justification, mystique pandering,
for the Israel's permanently ambiguous 'right to exist'. The latter is a lost
cause, although I, for one, would not challenge a de facto existence on the
spot, but would put the American right to exist a la the destruction of the
American Indian, and the Islamic right to its Koranic imperialism over a
multitude of subject peopls, etc... in the same category of strong man
tactics dressed up in variants of mythology. So we have three sets of thugs
here, and it might help to dispense with religious baloney.
 Zionism has/had a narrow launch window based on a secular vision of some
homeland for the Jews. It was not a religious proposition based on the Old
Testament Jehovah concoctions.  The destruction of that vision of the
Zionists, whatever we think of that and it could have been a viable project,
has been almost systematic since 1968, and it is based on this regurgitation
syndrame of Judae-Christian history.
As we watch the slow destruction of the Two State option in some horror, it
is essential to try and talk madmen out of this endless horror. What the
answer is I don't know. But we had best be wary critique of Old Testament
deceptions, and it is a long tradition, doesn't turn into a runaway freight
train.
This man Podheretz is dangerous, and the cynicism at the point of the most
sacred isn't religion, but viciousness.
Wake up and face reality. In one generation we have seen the poisoning of the
great Jewish tradition, the discredit of the American government, and the
charge of antisemitism against anyone who tries to stand up to this and
propose some rational exit strategy. Jews are supposed to be smart people,
but this last generation has been a form of stupidity that is mind-numbing.
We will all end up dead from these lunatics.
It is sad to see how everyone here in the States has been silenced, muzzled.
We need the courage, Jewish lobby or not, to stand up to this mess, in a
context where charges of antisemitism are now part of the cynical game. And
it is alarming to watch the rise of still another new form of antisemitism,
sometimes so-called, sometimes not.
Americans are going to wake up one day and see the results of their timidity
in the wreckage of their political tradition. The world will not forgive it.
Granted it is dangerous to speak out. Time for some no-nonsense courage to
face the facts and move on bypassing the anti-semitic dragons, and the truly
nefarious Machiavellianism of the Podheretz types who will stoop to anything,
including the cynical abuse of the sacred.







The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are
by Norman Podheretz

From Publishers Weekly
In what initially appears to be a radical departure from his previous eight
books, some of which were autobiographical accounts of Podhoretz's move from
left to right, this effort deals with the Hebrew prophets, a new subject for
the former editor of Commentary magazine. To his credit, he does indeed
present a scholarly analysis of the prophets, but it is interwoven with too
many references to himself. Moreover, the lessons that Podhoretz derives from
his study of the prophets, as detailed in the last chapter, "The Prophets and
Us," are a rehash of the neo-conservative views expressed in his other books.
He condemns relativism, the counterculture, political correctness, the
women's movement, deconstructionism, multiculturalism and environmentalism.
He likens his own views to those of the biblical prophets as they fought for
monotheism and opposed paganism. Podhoretz gives consideration to all 21
prophetic books in the Bible, as well as to Abraham and Moses. However, he
focuses mostly on Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah ("First" and "Second"), Jeremiah
and Ezekiel. He examines their writings, drawing extensively on the work of
biblical scholars. Although he describes himself as an "amateur" and a
"non-specialist," he doesn't hesitate to give his opinions on disputes among
the various schools of biblical interpreters. Podhoretz deserves to be
applauded for venturing beyond himself (at least in part) as the subject of
his books, but readers interested in the prophets may wish to consult
scholarly sources directly rather than rely on Podhoretz's rendering of their
ideas.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.




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