MSR Tetragrammaton - MSR Lecture Notes May 4, 2010...

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MSR Lecture Notes May 4, 2010 Abraham’s Journey and the Tetragrammaton I. Background story: A. Scene One: town of UR, near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Mesopotamia; Time: ancient 1. Ur was a pilgrimage site for moon god 2. Story of stonecutter, Terah, and son, Abraham (in Qur’an and Talmud) a. Terah made images of gods to sell to people on pilgrimage b. Son, Abram (later “Abraham”), told to mind the market while father gone c. Abraham, 8 years old, plays with gods, broke one, then every one d. Father returns, gets upset, says to son, “What happened?” e. Abraham says, “They got into a fight!” f. Father says, “They can’t fight. They’re only made of stone.” g. Abraham had an epiphany: If there are multiple gods, and they can be broken, there must be one god that transcends them, that is beyond all of them 3. Abraham grows up, has family, God speaks to him, “Leave your land, your birthplace and go the place I will show you.” Abraham: “Okay.” B. Scene Two: town of Haran, region of Ugarit; Time: ancient
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