Dopes for God Busted

According to the Calgary Herald, The Church of the Universe, a religious outfit in Toronto that smoked pot to get get closer to God got busted and the charges stuck. A constitutional defence was made claiming that the law interfered with their religious freedom.

[Superior Court Judge Thea] Herman wrote that while she felt both Styrsky and Kharaghani were sincere in their beliefs about the spiritual power of marijuana, laws against possession and trafficking were reasonable limits on their religious freedoms.

“The limits are proportional because there is no feasible way to make an allowance for the religious use of cannabis in the circumstances of this case,” she wrote, dismissing the pair’s proposal that the government should introduce a licensing system for religions that find spiritual meaning in smoking weed, such as Rastafarianism.

Further, she felt that the church’s membership process, in which followers signed a single-line declaration of faith and paid a small fee, was open to abuse by those with less-than-holy ambitions.

Well, good for the judge I say. The issue here is NOT whether pot should or should not be legalized but , given that it is illegal, whether some people should get exemptions from the law on religious grounds. Needless to say, I don’t thing they should.

 

From Damned if God exists

Religion’s privilege status is wholly unjustified. Why should a legal system validate dope smoking to get in touch with a god and not just to have a damn good time after a stressful day?

Of course, exemptions for medical purposes is another thing entirely. Many medicines are strictly controlled and marijuana should be as well, controlled and yet available for those who can really benefit from its medicinal properties.

Another Biblical Lolcat

 

Vote for my kitteh!

The “Cargo” Aliens Would Bring and the “Cargo” Creationists And The Woo Merchants Import

Beginning with a reference to the sci-fi show V in which the aliens visit the Vatican, James McGrath ruminates on the impact of aliens actually landing on earth.

Indeed, a useful warning for such a circumstance is found in the cargo cults of Melanesia. Not that it is likely that most people alive in the world today would react to the arrival of extraterrestrials in a manner very similar to the way Pacific islanders reacted to the arrival of a Western military presence. But what we surely would do is interpret the actions and motives of the aliens in light of our own human thinking and customs. Organisms that evolved independently of Earth’s life would, however, inevitably think and act in ways that we would misinterpret more badly than any example of human-to-human cross-cultural misunderstanding could compare with.

I’ve posted a few things about “Cargo Cults” previously, for example, here and I think James’ post needs a bit of a comment.

 

Barefoot "G.I.'S" tote bamboo "rifles" with scarlet tipped "bayonets." Photo: Paul Raffaele, Smithsonian.com, "In John They Trust". John Frum ritual, Vanuatu.

First off, James’ is right that we would misinterpret alien actions and intensions, and see them in our own terms. However, I do question his claim “not that it is likely that most people alive in the world today would react to the arrival of extraterrestrials in a manner very similar to the way Pacific islanders reacted to the arrival of a Western military presence”. Rather, there would be an awful LOT of people in the “scientific” West manufacturing an awful LOT of spiritual and religious goods to peddle to themselves based on the alien science, technology and the resulting loss of seeing ourselves as the centre of our universe. Hell, westerners often do it when the “alien” technology and hence, resulting social/religious upheaval) has its origins very close to home! As McGrath is well aware, sci-fi often morphs into “religio-fi”. A real alien invasion would get religious awful fast. Even earth based science is interpreted religiously in the West.

Take, for example, “creation science”. The conclusions of astronomy, physics, geology, biology and a host of other sciences have displaced Church teachings from their central position as descriptions of the natural world, its age and the origins of life. As well, religions have lost significant amounts of prestige and political clout. James McGrath is one of the millions of religious folk who have made the transition to a technological and largely secular world with little difficulty, but others have not.

 

Found at http://quantumnonlinearity.blogspot.com/

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis fame, at his Shrine of the Cargo Science Cult in Kentucky.

Modern Christian creationism can be understood as something of the same order as cargo cultism, at least in the appropriation of the symbols of the oppressive, colonizing power and its promise of bringing all (new) good things which will restore the colonized prestige and status. Just as the bamboo airplanes could not ever bring the islanders any real cargo, being symbolic, ritual objects, so too will the appropriated language and symbols of “science” never bring a really coherent, rational understanding of the universe to creationists, regardless of the claims. But they don’t have to. Rather, the appropriation is a claim that despite the appearance of the dominance of science, the “native” religion still is the arbiter of truth.

The “cargo cults” were a study in contradiction. On the one hand, their inventors and practitioners were embracing the desire for foreign and new products which had become culturally important and even necessary for a new social-economic order while defying the cultural ascendancy of their foreign source by claiming that the magic by which the colonials created these goods should be shared with the natives. The cults, then, were attempts to restore the pre-contact and largely egalitarian modes of exchange in the new situation.

Big Valley Parish Church of the Cargo Science Cult

So, too, with creationists. The religion is NOT the Christianity of the pre-sceintific era church. The Christianity of the creationists is very modern. They are not Luddites or Flat Earthers, but employ and enjoy countless technological devices and advances along with a global economy in their own private lives and the lives of their congregations. They are not merely forced to adopt to a “foreign” dominated world, but were born into it themselves and are unlikely to give it up without a major fuss. Yet, their world does not grant its highest status to the believer, and so it must be resisted. And the best way to do that is to fight fire with fire. So, their Christianity has to be not only compatible with science, but must be the ultimate arbiter of “true” science.

Again, the Big Valley Creation Science Museum, which I featured in a post here.

The same could be made of other recent religious movements, including the Church of Woo. For example, Deepak Chopra‘s crap about “Quantum Healing”, which adopts the language of rather advanced physics to a decidedly NON scientific method of “healing” otherwise adopted from an Indian system.

Much of the alternative “energy” healing industry is predicated on adopting “scientific” language to apply as mystical talismans to empower evolved quasi-magical practices. For example, homeopathy. Here is an interested explanation from LAU Science.

Homeopathy is a method of treatment that supports the body’s own healing mechanism. It ‘s based on the law of similars “like cures like”. A homeopathic remedy is an extremely pure, natural substance that has been diluted many times. In large quantities these subtances would cause the same symptoms the patient is trying to cure. In small, pure, diluted doses, it is not only safe and free from side effects, but it will trigger the body to heal itself. Example: Allium cepa is a remedy that is used for watery eyes and runny nose, it is created from red onion. If you’ve cut open a red onion you’ll notice the same symptoms. When the body creates a similar “symptom picture” to Allium cepa and you take a dose of Allium cepa, it activates the body to go about the process of stopping watery eyes and a runny nose.

Ah yes, sympathetic magic! J. G. Frazer is still profitably read these days, it seems! But what the !&@%!$ is a “pure diluted” dose? Oxymoron, anyone?

So, back to my main point. What will happen if the aliens come? Quite obviously, our world will be shaken to its core. We will no longer be masters of our planet. Our technology will seem like kid’s play and people all over the planet will be trying to assimilate the new order to old religious orders and other worldviews, and the result will be a host of new religions including cargo-type cults. We will have “faster than light” healing, inter-dimentional gods will be popping up theologies all over the place, and besides Jesus riding dinosaurs, there will be museums with statues of Jesus riding flying saucers!

http://fr.toonpool.com/cartoons/jesus%20flying%20saucer_73302

And, of course, the aliens will be laughing their heads off at us!

Ah, we just might have a “revelation” that the aliens from space are our own creation. One way or another,however,  they will get into our religions. After all, every religious truth is a human creations, too.

The last oil change: Cylons: revolting robot standins for the alien within.

Now, the free form, word association to which readers of this blog have grown accustomed, if not exactly fond. What is interesting is that Tricia Helfer, seen above and below (with Grace Park, another of Battlestar Gallactica’s Cylons) is from Alberta, home of yours truly. Well, what has that got to do with anything I’ve been talking about above? Well, after you’ve finished studying the heavenly bodies below, I will tell you.

Grace Park as Sharon Valerii, Tricia Helfer as Number Six

So, lets have another Slinky Sci-Fi Babe!

Dawn Chubai is currently does a number of TV shows in Vancouver but she hails from Edmonton, Alberta’s capital . And she is a Slinky Jazz Babe™ with a great album called New Chapters for an Old Book that has a a genuinely slinky version of “Fever”. And she has appeared in some Sci-Fi shows, including a few episodes of Stargate SG-1.

Did I mention she is from Alberta? Oh, and just what is the connection between Cargo Cults and Alberta? I thought you would never ask… Alberta might be the only major political jurisdiction in the democratic world to have been run by a bunch of millenarianst, bat-shit-crazy, conspiracy theorizing looney tunes. To wit, the Social Credit Party. And that sordid period (1930s to early 1970s) in this province’s history (marked by anti-semistism, forced sterilization of mental patients, and laughable family value laws, like bans on airliners serving booze when over Alberta’s airspace), might be understood as a bit of good old Canadian cargo-culting at least according to the linked paper… There, that just about wraps it up.

Religion and Science seem so compatible to some because whatever part of our brain makes us religious just sucks everything into its symbolic world-creating imagination. Yup. religion is the Borg. It just assimilates everything. Can we ever be truly free from it?

If Bibliobloggers had a band…

First, a hat tip to our Conductor, Daniel O. McLellan, without whom all us chickens wouldn’t know who should be in the top row!

And we also need some recognition of the music industry’s protector of family values… Jim West!

So, here is the band!

Drums: Neil Godfrey of Vridar ’cause he marches to the myth of his own drumming, or something. Look, I’m not any good at figures of speech, sue me.

But notice the figure of Slinky Jazz Babe, Rita Morena. I did.

Saxophone: Steve Wiggins of Sects and Violence, and if I have to explain this connection you really need to go get blown laid played. Or something.  I also don’t have a budget for a real joke writer.

Bass: N.T. Wrong, Keeper of the Top 50 Bibliobloggers List
Guitar: Judy Redman (http://judyredman.wordpress.com/). Judy commented here that she was amazed to find herself actually on the Top 50 list for December. N.T. has since found one of the ways to leave her off the 50 list (by abandoning “Jouissance-Meter” but hopefully she will be back with a vengeance (or at least a big solo…)

Well, she gets one here in the Sweet Tooth Jam!

More Guitar: Yours truly, Dr. Jim, ’cause hey, although we are all dust in the wind, the whole universe revolves around mi.

Violin: John Loftus, Debunking Christianity for defeating devils (and other superstitions…)

Piano: James McGrath (Exploring our Matrix). Note the science fictiony elements. I couldn’t resist.

Vocals: (Male) Doug Chaplin, AKA Clayboy, who just can’t get into some tunes (see This Post).

Vocals (Female) April DeConick at Forbidden Gospels, who doesn’t put up with rubbish from men.

Banjo: Bob Cargill, The XKV8R (can you dig it?)

Background vocals: Stephanie Fisher and  Mary, Dr. Jim’s Future Better Half, who don’t blog, but make some comments around here.

Muppaphone Joel Watts Unsettled Christianity, because if boppin’ critters on the head for artistic expression isn’t unsettling, I don’t know what is!

 

And besides the band, lets not forget the
SBL Bibliobloggers Glee Club!

And one more of you know who: I couldn’t resist:

Should Christians Even Be Allowed to Join the Society of Biblical Literature?

Yes, of course. But now that I’ve got your attention, here’s a slightly belated Slinky Jazz Babe ™ to celebrate my Top 50 Alexa ranking on January’s Biblioblogger’s list!  I’m at # 37 on the Alexa rankings, a ranking based solely on the number of hits

And I’m at #7 in the Top 10 list based on reader’s votes! There aren’t a lot of votes cast, so this isn’t all that prestigious a ranking (yet) but for next month, you can vote for me be emailing bibliobloggerstop10 ( @ ) yahoo.com.

Now, the Alexa rankings do confuse me a bit. The ranking at the Top 50 gives me a number of 642,491, but since I’ve started checking in December, I’ve never seen this low of a figure for me. I’ve been checking my standing at Alexa (follow this link and you can insert the URL of any site you like), but the lowest figure I’ve seen is todays, 699,542, and a US only ranking of  191,407. In fact, I’ve never seen the Thinking Shop below 750,000 over the past 2 months (I check every week or so). Could someone enlighten me?

Anyway, here’s

Kate McGarry


http://www.katemcgarry.com/

I’ve had her 2008 album, “If less is More, Nothing is everything”, for a few month’s and it gets played a good amount.  The rest are on my “To Buy” list, and  a new one to be released in May or June is one my “eagerly awaited” list.

If Less is More

The opening tune is a jazz standard, “Let’s face the music and dance” but her version is great with its tempo slowed down dramatically. Rather than fall into the Slinky Jazz Babe Singing Standard Jazz Pieces Standarly pattern, her arrangements are a more  interpretative while still remaining quite accessible. There are also a number of pop tunes jazzed up and slowed down, and they all work really well.

She does a GREAT version of the Cars’ hit “Just What I Needed”.  This too, is slowed right down and the effect is really enjoyable. It becomes introspective and actually has some emotional content, something I would have thought was impossible for a Cars song (never liked them much). You can here

She also does Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-changin” and is a solid version with some nice organ work. It’s not quite as impressive an interpretation as Nina Simon’s, but well worth including on the album.

On the other hand. “You don’t have to cry” is simply wonderful, especially in terms of the beautiful vocal arrangements.

 

www.jazzkaar.ee

 

Here she is on a Boston T.V. show doing “The meaning of the blues” from “The Target”, from 2007

 

Chava Rosenfarb, Yiddish writer and Shoa survivor, passes away

I was deeply saddened to read in the Lethbridge Herald today that Chava Rosenfarb  passed away on Sunday, aged 87. I met Chava once, a few years ago when I was doing a talk at the public library and she came with her daughter, Goldie Morgentaler. She was a very kind and gracious lady, and Lethbridge has lost a great woman.

Chava was well known for her Yiddish books which expressed her experiences as a young Polish Jew during WW 2. She was an inmate of both Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen.

According to the Herald’s story, encouraged by her father to write while they were in the Lodz Ghetto before being sent to Auschwitz. Her father died when the train he was on bombed as it was leaving Dachau. She emigrated to Canada in 1950 and moved from Montreal to Lethbridge in 2003 where her daughter, Goldie Morgentaler, is a U. of Lethbridge English professor.

While in Montreal, she took up writing again: poetry, a play and the three volume Tree of Life, which deals with the Lodz Ghetto. Further works in Yiddish followed, translated for English publication by her daughter.

She was awarded an honorary degree by the U. of Lethbridge in 2006. Her convocation address is posted on the university’s website by Goldie:

I never sat in a brightly lit classroom absorbing information from professors who were experts in their fields; I never haunted libraries in search of books to help me write my papers; I never stayed up all night working on assignments, nor studied for exams with my classmates.

My university was the Second World War. My classroom was the Lodz Ghetto, my teachers were my fellow inmates there — and especially the poets, painters and intellectuals of the doomed writersπ community, incarcerated between the barbed wire walls of the ghetto, who accepted me at a very early age as a member. So I am a graduate of the Holocaust, of the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. I have matriculated in one of the greatest tragedies known to man. I have a degree from no other university. At least, not until today.

…I write in Yiddish because it was the language of my home in Poland, it was the language of my childhood and my community; it was the language I knew like the map of my own heart.  So I wrote my novels in Yiddish out of a sense of loyalty to the vanished world of my youth, out of a sense of obligation to a world that no longer existed.

…And so here I am — a Yiddish writer on the prairies. A Yiddish writer who must depend on translation in order to be read. A Yiddish writer who has longed all her life for a formal education and an opportunity to belong to an academic community. And here in Lethbridge, so far away from where my lifeπs journey began, as if by magic, that wish has been granted to me. Suddenly I have been given the opportunity — at the young age of 83 — that I no longer expected ever to receive, of having a university degree, and what is more, it is a degree conferred on me by this wonderful institution in this peaceful and pleasant city that I now call home.

This degree that I — and you, my dear graduates — are receiving today is a sign of our joining the community of scholars and achievers, of those who have attained an education, an education that is all too often taken for granted in this free country of Canada. Now you might look at me and say, this lady has lived a long life and she has written books and won prizes and made something of a name for herself — all without a university education. But what I want to tell you is that I am living proof of how easily the right to an education can be taken away, of how fragile a thing education is—subject to the vagaries of discrimination and prejudice, to the whims of politics, war and upheavals.

You may be thinking to yourselves, surely this can never happen in Canada and I certainly hope that what I have lived through can never happen here. But then who would have imagined that the devastation and horrors of the Holocaust would have happened in the heart of civilized Europe—and yet they did.



Jim West is the Carnival Queen (eww….)

Jim West is the host of the January Bibliobloggers’ Carnival over at his “blog“. As usual, lots of good and interesting (and some bad and interesting) stuff are highlighted. I missed many the posts when they were new, so its fun to go back and have a look at some. But why the rodeo theme to the Carnival?

Anyway, here is Jim as Carnival Queen.

Jim says that  Chris Heard’s post on the first of Genesis’ creation stories is “a small window on his forthcoming Genesis commentary”. Chris doesn’t mention the commentary in the post, but if there is one in the works, I’m genuinely interested in it. Perhaps Chris just posts a lot on Genesis and Jim is just calling attention to that. I don’t know.

One little nit to pick, though. Chris refers to the use of the term Hexaemeron to refer to the six days of creation, a term more common in the past (indeed, this is the first time I’ve even heard of it!). Ok, fine, but then he uses it himself. This really bugs me. English is a perfectly serviceable language and there is no reason to perpetuate the false precision and pretension of unusual foreign terms. And don’t get me started on the Tetragrammaton or Sitz im Leben, either. Not that unusual in English biblical studies but still, quite unnecessary. Grrrr…. Anyway, Chris is asking in his post whether one prefers the Hexaemeron creation week story (see, isn’t that easy?) or the paradise story. I would have to go with the first commenter that the juxtaposition between the two is the most interesting thing from my point of view (along with with banishment of any indication of the Babylonian and Ugaritic Israelite Chaoskampf Combat myth that one finds in Isaiah and some Psalms).

Joel Watts takes on Death in the Garden and asks how Adam and Eve would have known to fear death if it didn’t exist and ruminates a bit on evolution.

I didn’t think I’d get a look-in at all for this carnival, but Jim was kind enough to include this:

Jim Linville opens the window on his semester’s work (though I really think he’s opened the window to get the cat litter box smell out of the room- but never mind).  I’d love to be a fly on the wall in one of his classes.  I think he should YouTube them.  They’d be a hit (and much more interesting than the dry stuff we’re usually subjected to when some prof’s lecture… heaven help us).

Well, if he’s willing to come up to Lethbridge he can sit in on my classes. He’d best do the reading beforehand, though!  Carnival complete, its back to the regular programming at Jim’s Zwinglius Redivivus Wingnut Revival

And to tell the Truth™, the first photo is not really of Jim West. Here is one, though:


 

New Journal of Hebrew Scriptures Article: Elie Assis on Zechariah 8

This just in from Ehud Ben Zvi, editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures:

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures – Volume 11: Article 1 (2011)

Elie Assis, “Zechariah 8 and its Allusions to Jeremiah 30–33 and Deutero-Isaiah”
Abstract:
This article argues that the first eight oracles in Zechariah 8:2-19 are based on the ideas and vocabulary of Jeremiah 30–33, while the last two oracles, vv 20–23, have no parallel in Jeremiah, but correspond to oracles of the anonymous prophet in Isaiah 40–66. Zechariah selectively used and adapted the material of his predecessors, in order to address the specific social and political reality of his generation. The ways in which this process was carried out are assessed in this article.

To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_148.pdf

There is also a new review:
Anderson, Gary A., Sin: A History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009). (Reviewed by Micah D. Kiel)

Free, open access scholarship. What a grand idea!

Urban Dreams and Realities Conference, Oct. 2011

I’ve known about this for a few weeks, but I decided to post the SOTS announcement about a conference at the University of  Alberta, Edmonton Alberta.

The announcement is from my good friend, Francis Landy.

Urban Dreams and Realities:
An Interdisciplinary Conference on the City in Ancient Cultures 21-3 October 2011, Edmonton, Alta.

Hosted by the Department of History and Classics Graduate Program –
Ancient Societies and Cultures Specialization

What makes a city more than just a lot of people living in one place? This conference will explore how that question was framed and answered in ancient societies all over the world, and to what extent it is possible to come up with a concept of “the city” that applies across cultural and geographical lines in the ancient world. We welcome abstracts from faculty and advanced graduate students on any aspect of urbanism and urban culture from the ancient civilizations of East Asia, South Asia, the Near East, the Mediterranean Basin or the Pre-Columbian Americas. A principal aim of the conference is to gather people working on similar topics from different disciplinary perspectives, and papers with a comparative focus are especially welcome. Papers and abstracts may be in either English or French.

Possible topics would include both how cities function in a concrete sense, and how they are conceived of more abstractly. Examples include:

Infrastructure and environmental impact of cities

Administrative and political roles

Economic functions of urban communities

Construction of urban vs. rural identity

Civic events, rituals and spectacles

The City as metaphor

The City as place of memory and memory as builder of cities

The relationship of the City to the Divine

The conference is taking place in conjunction with a seminar of the same title being taught collectively by faculty in the ASC specialization. A keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Josef Weisehöfer of the University of Kiel, and we anticipate publication of the proceedings. It may be possible for us to cover all or part of presenters’ travel expenses to Edmonton, but this cannot be known until after the deadline for submissions; we will therefore accept abstracts sent with the understanding that the submitter may not be able to attend if funding is unavailable.Abstracts of 200-400 words should be anonymous, with a separate page containing the following information, which is necessary as we are applying for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada:

Title of Paper      Family name,   given name, initials

Institutional affiliation (if any) and department Degrees received; please specify the discipline

Recent positions held      Recent publications and those relevant to the theme of the conference

Audio-visual or other requirements

E-mail and postal address

Please send abstracts by 31 March (our replies will follow by 15 April) to Conference Organizer Adam Kemezis (kemezis@ualberta.ca), to whom other inquries should also be directed.

Slinky Bible Babes III, Now with dancing, singing, and some science fictiony goodness

Finally! Part III of my occassional series on SLINKY BIBLE BABES!

Go here for Part I, and here for Part II.

And a big thanks to Hal P.  for sending me the Queen of Sheba pic below (and therefore, reminding me that Part III was long overdue):

QUEEN OF SHEBA

I’ve featured the Queen in Part 1 (Gina Lolabrigida in Solomon and Sheba) but since Hal was so kind, revisiting the easily impressed Sheban monarch is hardly a chore!  He send this photo of Betty Blythe in the 1921 Fox feature, The Queen of Sheba. According to Wikipedia, no copy of the film survived a fire in the 1930s. Alas.

But who else needs a mention? I’ve featured Eve, Jezebel, Delilah, Bathsheba, Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Rebecca, Mary Magdalene, Whore of Babylon, Potiphar’s wife, Solomon’s Egyptian Mrs.!

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Well, first, lets go for the most famous:

Mary the “Virgin”.

From AllMegaStar

Here is Keisha Castle-Hughes who starred as Mary in the 2006 film, The Nativity Story. You can tell from this publicity photo that she is well suited to playing the role of the pious virgin. She is wearing white, and turning her back on a golden idol of some god who forgot his pants. Some gods are so silly.

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Stolen from Eobx.net

The good Virgin made an earlier appearance at Dr. Jim’s, albeit in an altogether different context, in which Vatican condemned a fashion show by Chilean designer Ricardo Oyarzun.

The Blessed Virgin, of course, famously makes appearances all over the world. This includes a gig at a Glasgow art school:

And she sells Mexican Magazines, being a patron saint of literature, or something.

Of course, Mary is not the only slinky Bible Babe associated with the Nativity.

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Elizabeth

Mary’s relative Elizabeth was also there. she ended up being the mother of John the Baptist (and aunt of Bill the Presbyterian).

From Canmag.com

Shohreh Aghdashloo as Elizabeth in The Nativity Story. Now, she seemed an natural for the role, since she, well, looks good in blue:

http://justjared.buzznet.com

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SALOME

And just so no one thinks this is all just sexist droolings, I thought we should introduce some art, and so, we cannot miss the dancing Salome, over whom men loose their heads (with apologies to Elizabeth, above, concerning her bouncing baby baptist).

www.seraphicpress.com

Theda Bara, in a still from the 1918 film, Salome.

Rita Hayworth also played Salome in 1953.

From Movies Kick Ass

Ah, but there are classics:

Fritzi Schaffer as Salome, ca. 1910.

An interesting one is the 2002  Salome, which is done flamenco style. The staring role is played by Aida Gomez.

From IMDB: The story of Salomé told as one of extreme love and vengeance. A director prepares a troupe of flamenco dancers for a performance. He summarizes the story and describes his spring for the drama’s action: Salomé’s attraction to John the Baptist. When the prophet rejects her, she seeks revenge. We meet the principals. We watch rehearsals, a dress rehearsal, and then the performance. The movie is both about the performance and about preparation for performance.

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Michal

Well, let’s get Old Testamenty: Here’s Michal, one of King Dave’s lawfully wedded squeezes, and daughter of the guy God drove mad, Saul. Here she is, played by Cherie Lunghi in the 1985 film, King David (played by Richard Gere).

And before her, Guilia Rubini, in the 1960 film “David and Goliath” with Orson Wells as dear old daddy, Saul. Here Mical isn’t quite so, well, dangly.

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Abigail

Now, another of Dave’s brides is Abigail, who either inadvertently delivered a quasi-prophetic, hopelessly  pietistic, honestly humble and obsequious statement of David’s destiny as God’s chosen king, or masterfully played to his vanity and manipulated him like he was dumb as a stick (depends if you are following traditional exegesis or something with intelligence behind it), or both.

I found this photo allegedly of Abigail twisting David around her little finger (or just before she twisted herself around his legs, which sound like it might have been fun to be David) but no information was given as to who the actress is or which film version of the biblical story.

 

Jeaninallhonesty.blogspot.com

On the other hand, Lina Sastri played Abigail in the Gere film noted above.

torino.repubblica.it

I’ve already posted one Rebecca (Mrs. Isaac, Daughter in Law to the Great Daddy Abraham in Part 2 (Rachel Stirling in “In the Beginning”). At that point I was too lazy to look too hard for pics of Rebecca’s two daughters in law, the sisters Rachel and Leah (both Mrs. Jacob).

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Rachel and Leah

But I tried again. The 1995 T.V. film Joseph, however, has Alice Krige playing Rachel and Dominique Sanda as Leah. Well, I still couldn’t find any good stills of the sisters.  But I did find this, which is Alice Krige. Apparently.

 

www.ex-astris-scientia.org

Obviously, Jacob didn’t marry Rachel for her body. Just sayin’.  Ms. Krige is no stranger to Bible productions, appearing as Bathsheba in 1985 and we will get onto that in a moment. As far as sister Leah, I did find this picture of Dominique Sanda:

 

http://lo-bueno-si-breve.blogspot.com

Oh yeah, and there is this one:

I wonder which one was Jacob’s favourite?

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Bathsheba

As noted already, Alice Krige played Bathsheba in 1985. Here is what she looked like in that movie.

http://www.krige-page.com/photos2.html

Of course, Bathsheba is famous for bathing in plain sight, letting David get an eyeful. You can tell that from the time her Bathsheba role in 1985 to her disembodies Star Trek appearence, she has learned a little discretion. But all of this is seems to be destiny. Here is another still of her Bathsheba:

http://www.krige-page.com/photos2.html

She is already getting a little borgy, don’t you think? I think I liked Michal’s bangly danglies (see above) a little better.

Here is Susan Hayward’s 1951 Bathsheba, a bathin’ she be, in case you hadn’t noticed.

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Rahab

I’ll have to end this soon, so here is one more. The “working girl” from Jericho herself, Rahab. As we all know, when the Israelites were preparing to invade Canaan, they sent two spies to check out the situation in the first major city on the invasion path, Jericho. Like all good soldiers, the first thing they did was visit the local bordello. In the 1978 film Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, Sondra Currie played her.  Lindsay Kaufman was Rahab in the 2005, Bible Battles TV show.  Sadly I can’t find any still’s of either actresses performances in these production (and not one at all of of Kaufman), but here’s Sondra Currie and a song!

From Magnum-mania.com

Well, be fore we get to the song, here is Morena Baccarin, who played space hooker Inara in TV’s Firefly series.

Our singer is none other than Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek fame!

Go here for Slinky Bible Babes Part I, and here for Part II.

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