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Monday, February 6, 2023

SERMONS #37 – Exodus Ends but the Exodus Doesn’t (2/6/23)

30:36 – The Promised Land is still a ways off when Moses types “30” or “THE END” at the bottom of last page of the Book of Exodus. Who knew?? No doubt a sequel is in the works. Why was there was so much repetition in the early books of the Bible? What language were the stone tablets written in? Were there 603,550 adult male Israelites or were there six hundred squad leaders commanding 3,550 fighting men? What do Ray Bradbury, Devo and Weird Al Yankovic have to do with anything we’re talking about? Tune in and Dave in Kentucky will tell you, or at least tell you what he thinks about it. Also: a preview of what comes next in the series (hint: it ain’t Leviticus) including some tasty classical accordion music. (Baroque, actually.)

Show art: The Erection of the Tabernacle and the Sacred Vessels by the illustrators of Figures de la Bible (1728) by Gerard Hoet (1648-1733), Public Domain.

Closing theme: Part of “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Act III of Solomon (1748) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Public Domain, performed by the Accordion Ensemble ARTE in 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 2:08 pm filed in Dave,Feb23  

Saturday, January 21, 2023

SERMONS #36 – Holy Moses or Horny Moses (1/21/23)

30:24 – Since Moses broke the original tables of testimony in a fit of rage, Lord Yahweh teaches him a lesson by forcing him to hew new ones and do part of the engraving himself, instead of having them pre-hewn and professionally engraved by skilled Yahwelian artisans. Dave in Kentucky explains how the lack of vowels in ancient Hebrew writing led to mistranslations, and why the distance to a star system is not the sole determining factor in the amount of time dilation that occurs during lightspeed travel to that system. Did Moses come out of his Yahwelian meetings with a bright, shiny face, or with hornlike implants in his forehead? Dave doesn’t know for sure, but he thinks he can explain either one. Maybe not the headlight beams, though.

Show art: Moses and the Messengers from Canaan (1621-1624) by Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 3:16 pm filed in Dave,Jan23  

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

SERMONS #35 – The Golden Calf & Other Lesser Gods (1/11/23)

30:11 – Yahweh recommends a contractor and a sub-contractor to build the tabernacle and its furniture, prescribes drastic punishment for anyone working on the Sabbath, and gives Moses two stone tables with something inscribed on them, though not necessarily the Ten Commandments. When Moses descends the mountain, he finds that leaving his brother Aaron in charge was a big mistake, so he turns big rocks into smaller rocks and proceeds to commit atrocities on a Biblical scale. What god did the golden calf represent, and why was dancing naked around it considered an appropriate form of worship? Dave in Kentucky thinks he has the answers.

Show art: The Israelites Dancing Around the Golden Calf (1899) by Henri-Paul Motte (1846-1922), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 3:01 pm filed in Dave,Jan23  

Saturday, January 7, 2023

SERMONS #34 – The Holy Incense Burner (1/7/23)

29:47 – More instructions for how Aaron and his sons are to conduct the high priest’s office, more specifications for furnishings for the tabernacle, and recipes for oils and perfumes that are so special they are considered intellectual property. While the original Creator Elohim were concerned with Big Ideas, the Yahweh Elohim tended to micro-manage everything, including the exact procedures for dispatching the countless animals who ended up on the Holy Barbecue Grill. What’s the difference between a “wave” offering and a “heave” offering? How much was the annual half-shekel tabernacle tax in today’s dollars? And if sacrificing a lamb twice a day was purely symbolic, how come bread and wine was served with it?

Show art:  Illustration from Henry Davenport Northrop’s Treasures of the Bible (1894) showing the High Priest at the Altar of Incense, artist unknown, Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 12:25 pm filed in Dave,Jan23  

Monday, December 26, 2022

SERMONS #33 – The Holy Barbecue Grill (12/26/22)

30:54 – In addition to the Ark, the Holy Candelabra and the Holy Coffee Table, the Yahwelians order the construction of a curiously oversized barbecue grill, made to a godly scale yet tended at least part of the time by a priestly class headed up by Moses’ older brother Aaron, one of whose vestments is a twelve-gemstone breastplate of “Lights and Perfections” (Urim and Thummim) which in concert with the Ark of the Covenant provides a means of communication when the Yahwelians are not physically present in the Tabernacle. Dave in Kentucky speculates on the nature of the code they may have used.

Show art:  Part of an illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible, artist unknown, Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 10:09 am filed in Dave,Dec22  

Sunday, December 11, 2022

SERMONS #32 – Origin of the Lost Ark (12/11/22)

29:46 – This episode presents Chapter One of the prequel to Raiders, with more chapters to follow as we progress through the Old Testament, and also deals with the design and construction of the Tabernacle, the Menorah and the Holy Coffee Table. Why was the Tabernacle just a big tent, and why did all its furniture pieces have rings and poles for carrying them? Did the Yahweh Elohim suffer from yeast intolerance resulting in ungodly flatulence? Why do churches traditionally have such high ceilings? Why was the Ark even called an ark, since all that gold made it far too heavy to float? As always, Dave in Kentucky leads the speculative investigation into our distant past.

Show art: Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle (1896-1902) by James Tissot (1836-1902), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 4:34 pm filed in Dave,Dec22  

Sunday, November 27, 2022

SERMONS #31 – “Into the Midst of the Cloud” (11/27/22)

30:00 – The Top One Hundred Commandment Countdown finally concludes, as Dave in Kentucky discusses the Golden Rule and Kant’s Categorical Imperative, the practice of usury, the origin of the Divine Right of Kings, the physical urges of the gods, the different types of justice, the basics of agricultural land management, the suppression of inconvenient history, the origin of the patriarchy and much more, including whether Moses went up in a cloud of smoke. Grab yourself a Manna Ready to Eat and get ready for some edification.

Show art: Moses on Mount Sinai (1895-1900) by Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 1:50 pm filed in Dave,Nov22  

Friday, November 18, 2022

SERMONS #30 – “If a Man Sell his Daughter…” (11/18/22)

30:06 – Less well-known than the Top Ten commandments, and perhaps rightly so, are the Top One Hundred or so that follow. Dave in Kentucky isn’t quite sure which of these deserve a bullet, but he will break them down for you, including the ones about animal control, witchcraft, and bestiality. While the Top Ten were composed by the Big Idea contingent of the Yahweh Elohim, the remaining laws were apparently developed by a committee of legalistic bureaucrats, with uneven results.

Show art: Inspecting New Arrivals (before 1917) by Giulio Rosati (1858-1917), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 12:19 pm filed in Dave,Nov22  

Friday, November 11, 2022

SERMONS #29 – Descending in Smoke and Fire (11/11/22)

30:01 – At the behest of the Yahweh Elohim, Moses sets up a security perimeter behind which the Israelites can safely view the spectacle of a Yahwelian ship descending in smoke and fire, and landing on a plateau atop Mt. Sinai. When the Yahweh have second thoughts about allowing the humans to breach that perimeter and mingle with the gods, Moses goes back down to ensure order while the speaker system of the gods blares out a Top Ten list of commandments. Dave in Kentucky provides the linguistic analysis.

Show art: “The Ten Commandments” Bible Cards (1907) by the Providence Lithograph Company, Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 3:08 pm filed in Dave,Nov22  

Saturday, October 29, 2022

SERMONS #28 – Striking Water & Doing the Wave (10/29/22)

30:36 – They say you can’t get blood from a turnip, but how about water from a rock? Dave lets you in on how it might have been done. Also, correlation may not imply causation, but it can be a pretty good indicator that of two correlated events, one may be causing the other. What is sometimes less clear, however, is which is the cause and which is the effect. “Go Israelites, beat Amalekites!” Finally, take your father-in-law’s advice and learn to delegate before you work yourself to death.

Show art: Moses Draws Water from the Rock (1642) by Francois Perrier (1590-1650), Public Domain.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com and sermons.blog.

This episode, along with all other episodes of SERMONS, is also available at sermons.blog.

posted by Dave at 12:56 pm filed in Dave,Oct22  
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