Excerpts from my 4th book “The Falsehoods of the Bible” (Old Testament) due out late 2022.
In Session 99 in The Book of Ruth we learned that the Bible uses narratives that don’t exist to give meaning for its existence in real life situations.
Session – 100
The First Book of Samuel
The authorship of the First & Second Book of Samuel (like most) is unknown and rightly so because stuff like this is of unknown origins—out of this world.
There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, and he had two wives; the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other was Peninnah.
According to religious scholars of the time polygamy (like incest) was not only approved by God but was encouraged by family members to ensure their survival—during the early stages of humanity. In fact many of God’s chosen leaders of the Israelites (who never existed) King David and his son King Solomon had multiple wives with God’s blessings.
As an atheist there is extraordinarily little I agree with when it comes to historic facts when it comes to the Bible, but this I do—for without the practice of incest and polygamy the survival of mankind would have been hard-pressed at best with the lack of any type of population and agriculture not to mention drug stores to boot.
Now Elkanah loved his first wife Hannah more than his second wife Peninnah who had children and because of Hannah being loved more and childless—Peninnah would tease and provoke Hannah’s anger to the point God turned against Hannah for her negativity towards Peninnah for not accepting her gracefully with understanding. So God shut up her womb—due to her behavior.
A few years passed when Hannah realizing God’s anger due to her negativity, made a vow to God that she would offer her first child to him for a lifetime of service if God would grant her children—He does, and everyone is happy.
I for one side with Hannah but on the other hand if God did exist—I would be dancing another tune. Then again, this story of Hannah is trivial and part of Hebrew Myths to give meaning to God’s existence.
Ivan Peter Kovak