Black as Evil
s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Sat Nov 25 20:15:15 EST 2000
Steve Farmer wrote:
> The early Yahwist (Y) strata of Genesis, on the
> other hand, contain some of the oldest materials in the
> Torah/Pentateuch, going back quite a few centuries earlier.
The chapter of Genesis that Ganesan mentions belongs to the E source
rather than the J (not Y, by the way) source. Also the
Graf-Wellhausen theory has been extensively refined over the past
100 years and further sources for Genesis have been tentatively
identified apart from J and E (Elohist), such as the L (Lay)
source, the S (Seir) source, the K (Kenite) source. A common G
(Gundlage) source for both J and E has also been suggested. The
whole of Genesis and the other four books of the Torah seem to be a
composite mosaic of compilations, additions, redactions from which it
would perhaps be difficult to draw any firm conclusions about the
dating of light/dark symbolism -- one cannot guarantee that the older
layers are free from editorial emendations or insertions so while I do
not necessarily endorse Ganesan's suggestions, I think they cannot be
entirely dismissed out of hand though I think that Genesis 1 does not
warrant a light = good / dark = bad classification. Nevertheless,
just a few lines above the passage Ganesan mentions about God "seeing
that the light was good", there is mention of the "spirit of God".
Most biblical scholars accept that this a Persian Zoroastrian epithet
that has been inserted here so even the early E source has been
> I know a lot of people who are scared of the dark.
> Do you know anyone scared of the light?
Abinos ? Vampires ?
But I wonder if there is any correlation between colours for
mourning -- many cultures use white for mourning rather than black so
it would be interesting to note whether they consider black to be
negative or positive in other contexts.
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