I'm really not looking to proselytize anyone to my skeptic point of view. Honest. People have enough Tzurris without me.
But the thought occurred to me "how would I go about doing that?", if I wanted to.
At first, I figured I would send out an anonymous E-mailing of Zeligman's Letter to My Rabbi
. But thinking about it, I doubt that would convince anyone except someone who's already on the fence. Typical believers' defences go up when approached with blatant skeptical material. I was ensnared by reading neutral scientific and other historical material. I don't know how I would have reacted had I been exposed to Zeligman first.
After much thought (about 10 seconds), I decided if I really wanted to get the word out, I'd do it in a very big way.
What better way than to produce a Major Motion Picture of the actual creation of the Bible and it's characters!
So with all due respects to Richard Elliot Friedman:
Presenting, "Who Really Wrote The Bible - and other characters".
But alas, right now it's just in the planning stage. What I'm doing now is lining up all the resources for this mammoth project, and I wanted to run it by you before I started filming.
The cast and all the behind-the-scenes players will be drawn from local talent that has graced the J-skepti-blogosphere. To protect anonymity of the cast, the reasoning behind my casting will not usually be explained. But I think you may inderstand the wisdom of my selections.
So Lights - Camera - Action!
J - Enigma4u - (Sorry, won't explain this one)
J - Understudy - XGH. (Hmmm, Yes, there is method to my madness)
E - Baal Devarim - (Hmmmm, Yes, there is method to my madness )
P - Baruch Spinoza. (Why not? He's a pal of mine.)
D - Jacob Stein - (Fits like a glove - Fire & Brimstone)
H - Lakewood Yid (He truly enlightened us what it means to be holy with his, errrr, hands-off approach!)
Shmuel - Rabban Gamliel (Ever try reading though Samuel? )
Solomon - S.
Elijah - Mis-nagid (Disappeared to who knows where)
Isaiah - This is a close call. It's a tie between Agnostic Writer & Shai, (Two magnificent writers!).
bilaam - happywithhislot - all lowercase of course (Who else?)
Baal Shemtov = Hasidic Rebel - (Self-explanatory)
Avrohom Avinu - Shtreimel (He started the whole thing, right?)
Yitzchak Avinu - EmunaPshutah (Only someone with EP would stick his neck out!)
Yaakov Avinu - Daas Hedyot (V'yaakov Ish Tam)
Noach - Holy Hyrax (Noach M'ktanei Emuna)
The Hyrax - as himself
Maimonides - RJM (duh!) or Orthoprax (huh?)
Lubavitch Rebbe - LNM (that's easy)
Acher - Jewish Atheist
Am Haaretz - Baal Habos
Bar Kochva - Failed Messiah
Redactor - Daganev (Think about it!)
Director - XGH
Finance - Little Foxling (He seems good with numbers, check his posts about the Calendar).
Music - Search for Emes (only if we film on Monday)
Script - Ben Avuya
Catering - Candyman
CSA - Baal Habos
There are still plenty of choice roles available. Let's hear you suggestions!
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