Alan Hooker won’t post this, so here it is

this was a comment I left on Alan Hooker’s queer theology site. I think its respectful and to the point, so rather disappointed that Hooker is unwilling to engage such criticism

ah, actually I think your work on genesis 1 failed to show that metonymic reading was plausible. Why can’t the text tell us that humans teem in kinds? because the text doesn’t use those terms to refer to humans. So there is no textual basis for the claim.

Likewise I was bemused to see you approach saying that “man was made for the Sabbath” that the creation of the Sabbath after man points to some kind of dethroning of man from the pinacle of creation. (Since sabbath is described in the text as the day god rested from creating, it really isn’t proper to speak of it as a thing God ‘makes’ after man. He blesses and hallows it, but it’s not a new work of creation. Its rest from work. In any case, Jesus likes to tell us “the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath” so man is over sabbath in Jesus teaching anyway.

I don’t think the assertion that the Alpha is to man as Omega is to woman really works. Yes, alpha is an extremity to omega, with a bunch of stuff inbetween

But the narrative of genesis presents woman being drawn out of man with nothing in-between. Likewise, waters above are separated from waters beneath by a raquia. And that picture is consistently drawn through into the book of revelation. So, nowadays, yes, we can’t touch the sky, and the soviet cosmonauts who went up and mocked the idea of heaven being ‘up’ had a point. but the biblical picture actually IS that of a clear dividing line between heaven and earth.

Sure, a beach is a border zone, but a border zone between two huge normative zones that are binaries, and the bible constantly portrays God the creator as having determined that boundary and policing that boundary: this far and no further.

God’s creative work IS making of binaries.

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