“The Lord” is a 5000 word short story which narrates a secular explanation for the traditions in the period of history between Abraham and Moses. It hopefully respects the sensibilities of the three major religions that hold this period to be governed by the supernatural. The story is part science fiction and part speculative religious history. More
To be raised in a good working class Southern Baptist Church gives one many Sunday mornings to consider the workings of biblical history and theology. One of the great stories in the old Testament is the story of Abraham; grand Patriarch of many nations. That man got around. Abraham was told by his wife, Sarah, who was also his half-sister, to impregnate Hagar, who was Abraham's concubine and Sarah's handmaiden. This union begat Ishmael, who is the Patriarch of the Arab people. Later, Abraham impregnated Sarah, who begat Isaac, from whose line was born Judah, who is Patriarch of the Jews. "The People Of The Book" kept really, really close tabs on all of their ancestors.
Of greater interest to Southern Baptist preachers is the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. They can really call forth a tremendous amount of good old fire and brimstone from those scriptures. But always, while listening to these sermons, I was wondering --"What's really going on here?"
This fictional story is just that -- a fictional story. But for me, exaggerations and all, it is a story that rings truer than the Supernatural version. It is certainly not historically accurate; I knowingly changed one story to feature Ishmael rather than Isaac. But it is my best effort ... and it is submitted with good will to all.
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