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Psalm 82

07/13/06

  11:30:13 am, by Nimble   , 253 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion

Psalm 82

Link: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ps/82.html

I was wandering around in other peoples' blogs, and ran across what seemed like a very odd quote indeed:

When God, or Yaweh, or Elohim, or any of his buddies from Psalm 82 gets off his ass and comes down and knocks on my door, I'll be open to the idea.

Psalm 82? Buddies in Psalm 82? That sounds a bit odd.

Well, from the King James Version:

82:1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

I've seen some arguments about Genesis with the two creation stories about the man and woman made by the Elohim (the "host", to some implying in a way that these are other gods), and 'Adam' and 'Eve' made, one from dust and one from a rib, by Yahweh/Jehovah.

It's interesting to see the signs of polytheism in parts of the Old Testament. If I was up on my textual criticism, I'm sure there might be more to be found in other, older manuscripts.

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