Friday, April 08, 2005


And Ecclesiastes Tells Me Where to Find Diamonds

If P.T. Barnum were still alive, I'd say he was behind this article about a born-again Christian who claims that Deuteronomy will tell him where to strike oil. Alas, he's been a mouldering corpse for the better part of two centuries, so I must put it down to fundamentalism.

"Most blessed of sons be Asher. Let him be favoured by his brothers and let him dip his foot in oil," Brown quotes from Moses's blessing to one of the 12 Tribes of Israel in Deuteronomy 33:24.

Yes. Yes, it totally makes sense that when people without deep drilling machinery living in the early centuries AD refer to "oil", it means "petroleum" and not, y'know, "olive oil", which came in abundance from Greece, which was totally adjacent to the region, and-


Sorry. It's just that rationale was so devoid of logic, it actually served as a vacuum.

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