Date: 2016-09-13 12:53 pm (UTC)
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No, so the Burning Bush and Scene 1 in general is compatible with Schoenberg's schematic, as is Moses disappearing up the Mountain. Moses has an I-Thou relationship with God, Moses speaks to God, ineffable as Schoenberg's God may be. (I also think that Schoenberg's God is much more the six part chorus than it is the Bush, and for whatever it's worth Straub and Huillet seem to agree.) Everyone else in M&A needs intermediaries.

I think that the Bible itself, particularly Deuteronomy (which we're reading now in shul) and Joshua, grapples very explicitly with the transition from life in the Midbar to life in Israel. Moses talks about how when you get to the land of Israel, the manna will stop and you'll want to eat meat, and there will be idols around to tempt you and you must resist them, the pillars of cloud and fire will no longer be around to guide you... It's very explicit in and of itself, I think, but the Rabbis tend to extend it and see the crossing of the Jordan as representing a very structured transition from living a life supported entirely by miracles to a life in which God is present but guiding a basically naturalistic paradigm.

And I think that interpretation resonates in Judaism because there's a parallel moment in later history, when the Rabbis 'closed the canon' possibly in the hypothetical Council of Yavne and acknowledged to each other and to the Jewish people that God no longer interacted with us in the way that had once been the norm. But regardless of that, I think to some degree it has to be a part of any interpretation of life in the Midbar.

But it's interesting to me what you say about how LDS has faith in a still interventionist God and how that influences your reading of these stories.
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