Justified & Ancient
- Aug 7, 2002
I was reading an article in Archeology magazine about this papyrus and was intrigued about this quote:
Thinking as a film fans, this got me to thinking about various alternate takes in famous films, from Han Shot First from the remixed Star Wars, to if Dekkard is a replicant or not in the various Blade Runners, and the like. And it made me wonder, has anybody done a "Director's Cut" of the Bible trying to put in alternate takes of famous passages or storylines? I know that the Apocrypha exists, and various other things, but I'm thinking of just variations of the stories presented in the books commonly known as the King James Bible. It would be interesting if putting the different story elements in would change the flow of the overall narrative or the message for believers.
The writing makes several references to God as “the one who presides over the Mountain of the Murderer”—a nod towards the story of Abraham in the Book of Genesis, in which Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. In Genesis, God prevented Abraham from carrying out the act. However, the papyrus text tells the story differently, suggesting that Isaac was indeed killed. This echoes the way the story is told in a number of other ancient texts, Zellmann-Rohrer said.