then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God`s house. And of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. (ASV)
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Stones being "set up for a pillar" are phallic worship. It is notable that subsequently Jacob is described as pouring milk over the stone as a ritual, which is exactly what occurs in hindu phallic worship (known as worshipping Shiva's Lingam).
Such phallic worship is directly condemned in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, explicitely attacking stones set up as a pillar, and ordering them to be pulled down. Also, Leviticus and Deuteronomy explicitely condemn such practices at Bethel.
This is a clear example of the Bible contradicting itself.
A couple of facts that should be noted:
- 1. The other passage that referrs to this pillar (Genesis 35:14) does not indicate milk, but specifically says "A drink offering," which in Hebrew practice was wine, not milk.
- 2. While it is certainly similar to Lingam practices from Hinduism, definitively calling it "phallic worship" is a rather baseless assertion.
Or, to misquote Sigmund Freud--sometimes a pillar is just a pillar.
--JustinEiler 23:55, 4 Sep 2005 (CDT)
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