The Theology of Estrangement and the Theology of Intimacy
N. D. Chambers, author
This work challenges traditional theories of how and why the Pentateuch and the Gospels in the Bible were written. The first writer of the origins of Israel, called the Yahwist, was reacting to the tragedies of King David's reign. The murder of Abel by Cain was inspired by two of David's sons that murdered their older brothers. David's son Solomon's kingdom was based on elitism, which replaced David's more egalitarian society. The writer(s) who put the completed Pentateuch together were a priestly elite that needed a sacrificial system to support them. The gospels in the New Testament were written in response to the bitter conflict between Paul and the Christian legalists. Mark was written by a follower of Paul. Matthew is a legalistic reaction to Mark. Luke is a Pauline reaction to Matthew's legalism. John is a reaction to the Gospel of Thomas. This work also explores the great influence of astrology on the Old and New Testament, and the ancient world as a whole. In the Old Testament the dead rest in Sheol. In the New Testament there is a heaven and hell, and Satan and demons are everywhere. For the Yahwist, humans are responsible for evil. In the New Testament Satan and his demons are responsible for evil.