George Bush the Edomite?
Bishop Alan Wilson points out the Biblical connection in the recent shoe-throwing incident involving the President of the USA.
Praying the Bible liturgically every day you don’t half get to know the bits that aren’t headlines or sound bites. Seldom do you see them enacted before your very eyes, like Muntadar al-Zeidi’s dramatic gesture at Sunday’s Bush Iraq presser – a graphic example of the ancient Semitic gesture of disgust and contempt to be found in Psalm 60:8 (Doublet at Psalm 108:9): עַל-אֱדוֹם אַשְׁלִיךְ נַעֲלִי – Over Edom will I cast out my shoe (Coverdale).
In a rare instance of our President being correct, Bush was good-natured about the whole thing and on track about its meaning.
President Bush himself was correct – This is the 8th century BC Semitic equivalent of giving the finger on the freeway, but more considered, contemptuous and rather more dramatic. It was very striking to see this done on cable TV, and eliciting so much comment. The Bible speaks today! Whatever next? ritual shaving for humiliation? Cutting animals in half to make a contract? Moloch?
Me, I’m just waiting for this Sunday, when I plan to burn the bread at the altar when it’s brought forward.