Re: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

Jonathan Rynd (
Sun, 23 Apr 1995 12:41:36 -0500

In article <>, (Robert
Roosen) wrote:

> That is why Moses got so angry about the golden calf. He knew it
> would be captured by stronger tribes and his group would go back into
> slavery.

What do you think of the story in the book of Samuel about the Ark of the
Covenant? The Israelites were having a hard time fighting the Philistines,
so they thought that bringing the Ark out to the battlefield would grant
them victory. Sounds like your "Totem god" concept. However, the strategy
totally backfired. The army was routed and the Philistines captured the
Ark. The Israelites were heartbroken, and the Philistenes paraded their
captured enemy's totem god around their capital in triumph.

However, instead of bringing the Philistines prosperity, it brought them
plagues and rats. So they ended up GIVING it back to the Israelites.

How does this fit your "totem God" interpretation?

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