“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. / And the cow and the bear shall feed; the young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox (Course Anthology 516).”
This is an interesting chapter regarding the lineage of Jesse (House of David), aka Jesus Christ’s lineage. It basically states how this branch came from a stump that had been chopped, and that branch is representative of this lineage. However, it’s very interesting to note the usage of animals in this passage. It demonstrates unlikely interactions between animals to emphasize the power of this lineage. But why use animals? Why not political figures or other well known people? Perhaps it’s because humans know how prey and predatory animals function, and that nature’s rules will always be a constant, thus showing how powerful this will be. I just find this a really interesting passage because it depicts peace.
“What man of you, having 100 sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost’ (522).”
This is another instance of a depiction of morality involving animals. Overall, the usage of lambs is very interesting, considering that labs are incredibly innocuous. Comparing this parable with other fairy tales that use animals to convey morals would be very interesting too. I always think of “Little Red Rising Hood” or “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” when thinking of animals and humans interacting to convey a moral message. These are also the stories told to children, which makes it even more interesting as to why animals are chosen rather than simply just humans.
“But turning to [the women] Jesus said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children…’ (523).”
I love the conversations people have regarding gender and the Bible. I grew up with Catholicism, and yet, with a very girl power mentality that was taught in the same school. Many think that this passage depicts weakness from women, but I have heard other interpretations involving the powerfulness of women on Catholicism itself, since they are the reason religion still exists. Traditionally, women raise their children (nowadays, women are more free to choose what they want of course) but back then, this was something very important, and it was recognized within itself.
“Jesus identifies himself in the gospel of John with the vegetarian manna, the ‘true bread from heaven’, making clear that the nourishment he gives does not involve the taking of life… (550).”
This article was very interesting, I loved the contrast between the violence used during the Passover and the vegetarian Last Supper. I think this passage goes back to last week’s readings involving Genesis and how Adam was told animals were part of his and his descendants’ dominion. I am omnivorous, but I often do wonder if eating meat is our right or if it is something that we shouldn’t do.