I take it you haven’t ever read the old testament? It’s more of a story book than a self-help book.
If you want to know how Jews interpret it, read the Talmud, Rashi & Maimonidies
OK. I checked out Rashi, who ties it perfectly to the Davidic legen. But it would not paste in.
(It provides a lot of Old French etymologie, BTW)
The Psalmist does a confusing trick; God is addressing both wicked nations and David simultaneously. The warning and promise, however, are divided. If the rebellious nations do not reform, the anointed King (David and his eternal progeny) may (not will) serve as the scourge and punishment.
(If one imposes the Christian message on this psalm, Christ is the chosen King.)
HH can presumably read some English; where he derives his benighted interpretation is anyone’s guess.
Note two elegant literary tricks from the Bronze Age (which Rashi does not mention): God dwells in heaven but Mount Zion is “His,” the epicenter of the Holy. Also the use of the word “happy”–in Old French, “felicements”–echoes the first line of Ps 1, roughly, “Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked.”
(This applies prophetically to HeadHunter) (Compare to Ps 2 “Happy are all who take refuge in Him,” with the understanding that Zion was the ultimate refuge.)
Now, Beowulf, how can this disgust you?
I didn’t say this particular part disgusted me, just the whole book. And yes, I’ve read most of it.
Lessee, the part where a man offers his daughters to be raped by the city so the angels of God won’t see how horrible the city has become is up there on my disgust-o-meter.
As is the part where the 400 year old man commits incest with his two daughters in a cave for seemingly no reason. God turning a couple of cities into dust for little reason, and then turning someone into salt because he dared WATCH God do something violent ranks up there as well.
And all the passages about beating your wife and how women should never, under any circumstances disobey or hold power over men. Yeah. Plenty to render some very potent disgust.
And my name is BeowOlf. O not u. Nothing to do with the poem or movie, thanks ;).
Life in the Bronze Age was something less than wonderful. You are a happy Cornell freshman taking Comp Lit., perhaps. Compare away…
Did you expect the OT to reflect the self-indulgement narcissism of, say 1966?
The greed and rapacity of the Homeric legends?
Each of your examples bears felicitous re-examination. But allow me one criticism of your reading, friend BeowOlf: you understand little of the powerful women who appear in–and wrote–the OT.