Ezekiel 37:1-10 “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.' Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.' So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army.
Dry bones of many came together, flesh and skin attached, they became alive and formed an army. [Christianity and Other Superstitions]
These words might have inspired the song "Dry Bones" of decades ago.
Part of the song went something like:
"Toe bone connected to the foot bone. / Foot bone connected to the ankle bone. / et cetera all the way up to the head bone. Each stanza's final line was as in the seventh line above: "Now hear the word of the lord."
Whoever composed it might have intended it as satire.
Wiki says it was an African-American spiritual, directly based on the Ezekiel passage. That explains the last chorus:
Thanks loads for that, Physeter. It's been decades since I last heard it.
Religion is only 99.9999999999 percent harmful.
Not decades for me, but it was still a long time since I heard an old convention song. ;) (and yes, "Old Convention Song" was the next song I watched after this one.)
That's great. I just heard it done by the Delta Rythm Boys who start off with: "Ezekiel connected them dry bones." http://youtu.be/mVoPG9HtYF8 So biblical.
I think I'll add a little bit to this conversation.
I wonder what kind of herbs were in that valley that Ezekiel was standing in, because whatever he was smoking/consuming was giving him some crazy hallucinations. Maybe someday I will indulge in mind-altering substances and write a book of the Babble that is just descriptions of hallucinations that I have. I will edit my own copy of the Word of Kim Jung Jesus and add the Book of Derp right between Ezekiel and Daniel.
Derp 1:1: In the beginning, Derp decided to get totally fucking blitzed.
Does anyone else care to join?
Yeah, Derp; I'll join.
For six days the totally fucking blitzed Derp didn't know what he was doing.
On the seventh day he might have rested.
I agree , some serious ancient sci-fi fantasy, just a downside of the story is of introducing a deity as a character.
If a god could animate dry bones, why do we have sick people who would be grateful for good health?
I am a little confused. As an atheist why are we looking at the "bible" and/or quoting it? Is it not still a fairy tale?
It's satire, Glen.
Conservatives don't know satire when it slaps them silly. Do you still have some conservative in you?