Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Moses does a final shout to his boys - Before he dies, Moses does a shout out to his boys in the leadership caste of the Israelites in Chapter 33. It's not too much really, just the glorious rantings of a dying old man who probably never existed.
One thing that's weird is that in the beginning it says that these are Moses's words, but Moses is mentioned in the list of people being praised. In fact, he's the first one.
Some of the more interesting "props" given is for Levi, and a special compliment for his Urim and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim is kind of like a coin toss. Flip it and it lands, you get heads (or Urim) or tails (Thummim), and that guides the decision.
Another interesting shout-out is to Joseph, who actually gets a lot of praise from Mo. Aside from Joseph being blessed by Yahweh in successful agriculture and hunting his glory is like the first male son of a bull, and his horns are like a unicorn. They really had a different concept for flattery back then, didn't they?