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This must be on the list of Bible stories they will never teach you about in Sunday School:
Now you know why we Jews are “a cut above” the rest.
Is there an exchange rate for foreskins and wives? Are other body parts worth different amounts? How do goats factor into this?
No wonder money was invented?
Oh, yuck, I remember this story. Somehow it stood out horrifyingly to me. I always wondered what he did with all those foreskins. Now I know.
The narrator has a creepy level of enthusiasm in her voice. O.o I’m just going to assume she’s emulating the “joyous” tone used by a Sunday School teacher to keep kids’ attention.
Also, @Hugh Kramer: if circumcision was truly at the source concept of that phrase, I would A) make a face like (apparently Unicode doesn’t work in comments here… but imagine two Kannada “Ttha” characters separated by an underscore.) B) use that phrase a LOT more often
I remember when I was a child I had to ask what foreskins were. Our religion teacher went beat red and then quickly changed the subject. (Yes it was part of our daily readying, she read the story of David and Goliath. Mind you this was in Canada in a catholic school so bible reading was expected.) Anyways, I went home and asked my mother who had to explain it too me, (Very open lady) turns out the reason I didn’t know what one was, was because I still had one.
Come to think of it, this may have been the turning point for my childhood tendency to believe what I was told. Questioning things is great.
The inverse of that, Pem, is not finding out what one is until you’re in Sex Ed in your freshman year of high school wondering what the hell nasty growth is on the tip of that dude’s junk in the textbook.
And then learning that it’s the normal, natural way junk looks… and that there’s a relatively common custom of slicing it off.
It inspired me to a Neo level of “whoa.”
Can I just say that my Bible study classes taught these and saw nothing wrong with them?
I’ve heard this story before. I liked the punch line that the king was going to use the foreskins to make a wallet that could turn into a suitcase.
I’m trying to remember another biblical story (perhaps in Judges?) where Gawd ordered the destruction of some enemy of Israel and the hero of the story convinced these enemies to get circumcisions and killed them the next morning…
Kevin, it is the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob & Leah. A son of a foreign tribe raped her & wanted to marry her. Her brothers told them, only if you & your tribe get circumcised. They agreed to it, and 3 days later, while still in pain, two of Dinah’s brothers slaughtered them, and looted their city. Jacob was not pleased with his sons. Genesis 34:1-30 It was one of those “OMG, what bastards!” passages when I first read the Bible.
At least you found out what you had as a kid. I didn’t know what had been taken away until I was 26. It’s not like it was something we talked about and everybody where I grew up was mutilated by the same old bastard of a doctor. Still have the damned scar.
9 most badass bible verses. A jolly good read.
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