[The Red Line of Hope draft is too long to post at this website. The full (and very rough) draft is available at this site: https://www.academia.edu/18651552/The_Red_Line_of_Hope
Also, for my Muslim friends, it looks like I’m being nice to the zionists. This was originally a Facebook note in which I was trying to get the zionists to see something. But you’ll see what I’m doing.]
Eid Mubarak to my Muslim Friends! Please find here a post I made a couple weeks ago for the zionists. But at the end, there are some new comments about the deep connection of these Biblical themes with the Glorious Qur’an:
For my Zionist Friends:
“The Red Line of Hope” is the title of a book I’m writing.
It has to do with four women from the Hebrew Scriptures, four women who are less known than the famous matriarchs. These women are Tamar (Genesis 38, strategically placed inside the Joseph story), Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba.
Let us fast forward to the first page of the New Testament. The New Testament opens with a genealogy. It is a genealogy of people, in the lineage of Judah, that leads to the time and circumstances of Joseph and Mariam.
In the first 6 verses of this genealogy, there are four women mentioned, the same four women mentioned above. These same four women appear here again, TOGETHER: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. And these are the only women mentioned in the entire genealogy, until we reach Mary at the culmination of the list.
The first two women, Tamar and Rahab, are connected by the Hebrew word “shani”. Shani may have several meanings. It means “crimson thread”. Sometimes it’s translated as “double thread”.
The consonants are the same consonants that make the word “two”.
[Vowels were added much later, by the Masoretics. So for centuries, the words “crimson thread” and “two” were one. They were the same word.]
Surprisingly, there is a powerful appearance of the name and person of “Tamar” at the end of the tiny Book of Ruth. This pulls Ruth into the lineage of critically important woman: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth.
And the midrash connects Ruth and Bathsheba, when it says that Ruth was present when Solomon ascended to the throne of his father David.
So there are four connected women.
[A midrash also says that Rahab married Joshua son of Nun. Matthew says something different: that Rahab married into the lineage of Judah. So all four women are in the lineage of Judah.]
For a moment let’s turn to another topic.
The beginning of the Bible. Its first 7 books.
The creation is wonderful. As the 6 days progress, there is a delicate and sophisticated dance between feminine and masculine. The relationship gets more complex and beautiful. The final event is the creation, on the 6th day, of Humanity: Woman and Man.
Then things spiral downward. Things fall apart, paradoxically, as society develops.
Adam and Eve. Lamech’s 2 wives. Sodom and Gomorrah is about the breakdown of relationships between women and men (not about gay people).
Abraham and Isaac lie about their relationships with their wives. It happens THREE TIMES. The relationship between Feminine and Masculine appears to be gravely harmed. Societal and political pressure—kings—are a part of all three lies that these plural men tell, across all geographical distances and down all generations.
Relations between women and men deteriorate further.
By the time we reach the end of the 7th book of the Bible, the Book of Judges, the strife between women and men is at a profound and terrible depth. We arrive at the Levite’s Concubine in Judges 19. She is cut into plural pieces, and these pieces of her are shot through the bloodstream of the 12 sectors of humanity as society develops. This is a picture of the ills that organized society can do. This is the nadir of human existence. The low point.
This is the Fall. The fall is not at Eden, it’s here at the end of Judges. (Eden is a picture of what humanity is working for.)
Another way of looking at this: it is a picture of our human evolution, in all its messiness. God is bold.
Then an angel appears. Her name is Ruth. The Book of Ruth was a later addition to the Hebrew Scriptures. In this beautiful book, human beings help each other. God stays out of the picture, and blesses everyone. Everyone becomes happy. And the joy is simply stunning.
[It happens at Bethlehem, and the house of war is converted into the house of bread. (In Hebrew, the word for ‘war’ is related to the word for ‘bread’.)]
Let us return to the four women, the Red Line of Hope. This Red Line of Hope is a secret line of human development that works with the ascent/descent of humanity as we emerge in our evolution from the animals. We are becoming human.
Tamar struggled with Judah, and made him choose Justice, Virtue, Righteousness. “She is more righteous than I am.” These words are more vital to human evolution than Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon.
But this is when everything else is going to pot around them, during the long downward slide of humanity. (“Tamar” means “palm tree”.)
With Rahab, there is greater feminine participation, and deeper sharing of humanity across borders.
With Ruth, even greater feminine participation, and more sharing across borders.
With Bathsheba we arrive at human integration.
In Jungian terms, the “anima” becomes integrated into humanity—for a microsecond—as Solomon ascends to his throne:
The first thing Solomon does at the throne is to put a throne next to his, a throne for the Feminine, for Lady Wisdom, literally, for his mother Bathsheba. This is a picture of the integration of the human psyche. Feminine next to Masculine. It is the most important picture of the Hebrew Scriptures.
To show this human integration, let us consider Solomon’s first two decisions as leader:
First, he stops a rebellion: strong MASCULINE decision.
Second, he makes a stunningly brilliant decision between the two mothers who are fighting over the one live child: this shows his deep understanding of the FEMININE psyche.
Then the wise author deftly draws attention away from Solomon, and focuses it elsewhere….
Friends, this is a time of turning. This is a time of a paradigm shift. This is a bright time for Humanity.
Animals kill each other for food and in defense. We do not consider this to be strange. It is natural.
But it is not human. We know this.
Humanity has arrived at the time, after long evolutionary birth throes, when we no longer need violence. Violence is no longer beneficial to us. It does infinitely more harm than good. Greed is connected with violence. We don’t need these any more. They no longer help. They are not useful.
This is the time of human solidarity.
As a unified humanity, we will reach the stars.
Let’s be a wise—and living—humanity. Let’s reach the stars. We can only do this if we are united. In a very short time, each and every human person can be wiser than Solomon and more beautiful than Bathsheba.
And to my beloved Zionist brothers and sisters, I wish you a good rest tonight.
——-HERE IS THE ADDITION FOR MUSLIM FRIENDS AND LOVERS OF THE QUR’AN:
The Red Line of Hope is also in the Qur’an.
The Red Line of Hope is, initially, four women.
Surah 4 of the Qur’an is entitled “Women”. Surah Four. Women. Four Women.
Our Sacred Scriptures often work in surprisingly simple ways, as does the language and communication of the Holy Spirit with humanity. But communication and the Scriptures can also be complex.
Surah 19 is entitled “Mariam”. It is about Mary, and her communication with the angels, particularly Gibreel (Gabriel).
Back in Genesis 38, at the story of Tamar, there are at least 2 pictures that are perhaps a little bit more descriptive than the gentle reader would have asked for: the first picture is of how Onan and Tamar made love (or failed to), and the second picture is Tamar giving birth to Judah’s 2 sons, a scene during which the Red Line of Hope is literally born from the womb of Tamar.
Mariam gives birth to Isa (Jesus) in Surah 19, and during this scene she embraces a palm tree (Hebrew “tamar”). And there is an unusual dialogue during this, once again, quite intimate scene, which has again been rendered visible to the human public.
This is just one of many connections between the Red Line of Hope and the Qur’an: Indeed, the Red Line of Hope is very present in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Second Testament (New Testament), and the Qur’an.
Let us consider more of Surah 19. The first Ayah (verse) is mysterious and we cannot discuss it here. There are 5 (five) letters in it.
The second Ayah mentions Zakariya (Zechariah). Zechariah now appears in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Scriptures, and the Qur’an. One of the things this Ayah is doing is telling us that this Surah is about deep connections between these three sets of Sacred Scriptures. (For academics, the word ‘intertextuality’ is important for seeing new things in the Scriptures of all religions.)
In Surah 19, there is much secret movement of the Feminine, of Mariam. This is an echo of the hiddenness of the Red Line of Hope, which has eluded us for millennia. Several of the Ayat (verses) make references to this.
There appears to Mary an image of a perfect person. This is closely connected with Isa (Jesus). And, as we saw above, it is another allusion to Sulaiman (Solomon) and the perfectly integrated human being, an early fruit of the Red Line of Hope (Ayah 25 of this Surah speaks of fresh dates falling from the palm tree (tamar) that Mariam embraces). The Qur’an recognizes in Jesus a great development and evolution of humanity which far surpasses the earlier and lower peak of Solomon. Our Human Family continues evolving. Islam has played, and will always have, a vital role in our evolution.
The Qur’an is deeply aware of these mystical realities, and there are many other secrets that are hidden in both the Bible and the Qur’an.
Some of the deepest realities of our faiths are only dawning upon us now. The Word of the Divine works like this, in time, over millennia, through history and evolution. The more we embrace peace and care for all Humanity, both Masculine and Feminine—including our Mother Earth—the more rapidly the brilliant future will reach towards us, and we to the good future.
And to my beloved Muslim brothers and sisters, who have suffered so much and so unjustly, I humbly wish you an Eid Mubarak.
STOP HERE (notes to expand)
One more picture from the Hebrew Scriptures: Absalom, another son of David, hanging in the tree. The Hebrew text says that he was “suspended between heaven and earth”.
This is an icon of human evolution. As humanity grows from earth worms to animals of packs to struggling people to a unified humanity to human angels.
The centrality of this Icon of Human Evolution is also made clear by the double appearance of the word “heart” in one verse:
This Icon is also an icon of David. A midrash speaks of the irregularity of Jacob’s life, and how he was both imaged in the heavens and totally asleep on the earth, and the angels were looking from one picture of Jacob (in the heavens) to the other picture (irresponsibly asleep on the earth), shaking their holy heads, wondering what God was going to do to bridge the gap between these two modes of the same person.
But this odd apposition is much more suited to David’s life. For David experiences tremendous growth in his life, and severe growing pains.
One picture of David/Humanity is Absalom stuck in the tree, hanging between heaven and earth, representing the difficult times and tough historical facts of human evolution.
Another picture is the moment when Solomon ascends to the throne, with the Feminine/Lady Wisdom enthroned right next to him. This picture represents the positive future of an integrated, mature, and loving humanity.
Hopefully, today, humanity is moving towards the second picture.