[NetBehaviour] The Doubter's Mysteries: David and Bathsheba

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 22:09:36 CEST 2019


Thanks for your continued interest in these! The theme of Jesus being a 
Jew comes up again later on.


On 05/04/2019 15:29, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour wrote:
> Love this! Especially the end. I wish more people would remember Jesus 
> (Christ??!!!) was a Jew.
> Then three's this - NATHAN: I don't know much about God, David, any 
> more than you do, but I don't think he's generally impressed by 
> melodramatic displays of self-abasement.
> and what's astonishing is the manner in which self-abasement goes hand 
> in hand w/ furious and brutal power world-wide. O, thinking of 
> sacrifice or those leaders now, on the verge of being deposed, calling 
> elections illegal or fraudulent or fake, whatever. As if one couldn't 
> possibly step down, as if the commons didn't exist, etc. etc. There's 
> something in our primate skulls that not only seeks power but holds 
> onto it at all cost, no matter the results. I keep thinking of Syria 
> but I don't have to look any farther than gerrymandering here or the 
> increased battle against women's rights, or the rights of people of 
> color, or the rights of people to believe whatever they want, the 
> rights at this point of just about everyone except straight white 
> males - and to what end? Who's getting hurt? Rationality has nothing 
> to do with it. I keep thinking as well of billionaires who never have 
> enough money, etc. What do they think they need when they get up in 
> the morning? That they don't have? I know too well how naive these 
> questions are, but there's something nagging at the core of them. - 
> Alan, mulling over your text. So much of the OT is just about how most 
> people behave when they have a few weapons and the chance. Not so 
> different in the NT, but the tone's different. That was forgot within 
> a century or so. Then we Jews were caught out. Where I grew up in 
> Wilkes-Barre, PA, they continued to be caught out in my lifetime. 
> Self-abasement's a wonderful source of power. -
> On Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 2:56 PM Edward Picot via NetBehaviour 
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
> <mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
>     Dear all,
>     'The Doubter's Mysteries' are an attempt to write a short cycle of
>     Mystery Plays - ie. plays based on Bible stories, like the Medieval
>     Mystery Plays of York, Chester and Wakefield - from the point of
>     view of
>     a sceptical modern audience; an audience which either doesn't
>     believe in
>     God, or can't work out what he's playing at.
>     There are fourteen of these plays, and the eighth is now online:
>     'David
>     and Bathsheba'.
>     http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries/08davidandbathsheba.html (or for the
>     full series so far, visit http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries)
>     Edward Picot (http://edwardpicot.com)
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