We must not be logical when reading since we are not logical.
Re Abstraction, Intellect, and Cerebral
- who gets around the limitations of words?
- shema - open up - hear - obey
- not just 'see' though the eyes be open
- not just use words cleverly - fun though it is.
Harold Bloom, in Jesus and Yahweh, is clever, funny, and filled with his (like Frye's) playful erudition.
YHWH declares his unknowability. Jesus Christ is totally smothered beneath the massive superstructure of historical theology and of Yeshua all we can rightly say is that he is a concave mirror where what we see are all the distortions each of us has become. (Page 8-9)In one or two words: YHWH is a mad moralist, Jesus Christ a theological labyrinth, Yeshua forlorn and solitary.
Bloom has a point - become solitary - see your reflection - become known.
How can we respond to his 8 reflections?
- The belated covenant. All Western irony - Hamlet, Kirkegaard, Kafka is in the wake of Jesus' riddles amalgam with Socrates.
- Shakespearean "self-overhearing" derives from Chaucer (?) and Tyndale's Jesus in the Geneva Bible. Internalization derives from Jesus through Augustine. Reflected in Hamlet / Falstaff. (My question - is this all there is to hear?)
- Marcan Jesus - as primitive. (Bloom assumes Marcan priority.) Luke's Jesus darker. Matthew's softer. (Really?)
- HJ to Gallup, Allegory and Reality, TNK vs NT. (Impossible for me to understand my own notes!) Frye makes the NT swallow TNK. "No Jew known at all to History can be regarded as more loyal to the Covenant as Jesus of Nazareth. That makes it the irony of ironies that his followers employed him to replace the YHWH covenant with their New Covenant." (page 12)
- Gospels as conversionary inspiration (similar to the Hebrew Bible).
- Quests for HJ has failed. "The Hebrew God cannot be said to select Jesus except as another prophet." (page 13) "Son of Man fathers himself - or is the Father his own Son?" pragmatically.
- Eros and authority - central to Jesus, Paul, Freud. Crucial in Moses, Socrates, Lear, Henry IV, Hamlet, 12th Night. Jesus embraces both love and Torah (Bloom has heard). James the Just is his authentic disciple. In James we hear the voice of the prophets in the wilderness, of Elijah, and John the Baptist, and the voice of Jesus himself, for once abandoning his formidable irony.
- Torah (like the Qur'an) is God whereas the entire argument of the Belated Testament is that man has replaced Scripture. (man or 'a man'?)