It seems to me Harvey that Netanyahu appears to believe some of the “O.T.” is literal. Any thoughts on this?
I did find the interview in written form at CNN.com:
MORGAN: Are you saying that you might actually stop any kind of nuclear
program in Israel?
NETANYAHU: We didn’t have any civilian nuclear energy. We have some
research plants, but not anything on a significant scale. And I don’t
think we’re going to pursue civil nuclear energy in the coming years.
I think, you know, we always blame Moses, that he was our greatest
leader and one of the most gifted people in the world. He brought us
the moral code and so on, belief in one God, but then he was a bad
navigator. He brought us to the only part of the Middle East without
any gas, without any oil. Turns out he wasn’t such a bad navigator,
because we found some gas offshore. So, I think we’ll go for the gas.
I think we’ll skip the nuclear.
Harvey offered a suggestion that, once again, this is may be an example of the Torah being used to meet political needs. As you’ll recall he stated in yesterday’s post that the book of Genesis was largely politically motivated. But Zoe’s question stuck in my mind. She observed that Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, might take some portions of Genesis as literal.
The allegorical interpretation of Genesis opens up more questions than the theology of Christianity. If Genesis is allegory and not literal did God lead Moses to the land of Israel? Did God promise them that this was their dirt? I’ve always thought that He did and as such have been in support of Israel and our government supporting Israel on that fact alone. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 Is this allegory, too? What do you think?