Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Vibe of the Seven Virtues

Yet another vibe that doesn’t quite make it into Bible, the seven virtues are a perfect antidote to the seven deadly sins. The full set includes chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility and is also known as the seven Heavenly Virtues. The vibes originated as four Cardinal Virtues laid down by the ancient Greeks: temperance, wisdom, justice and courage. The three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity were thrown in by Paul in his letters to the first churches. However, it wasn’t until Prudentius, a Roman governor from Spain, wrote his poem Pyschomachia four hundred years after the death of Jesus that the seven virtues as we know them appeared in the same list. As for the virtues themselves, chastity doesn’t just mean abstaining from rudies, it implies holding back from the booze and being honest to everyone. Temperance suggests saying no to drugs and alcohol but it is in fact about self-control, moderation and general abstinence. Charity concerns itself with self-sacrifice and love rather than popping coins in charity buckets. Diligence is about keeping busy, managing your time and not giving up, while patience has less to do with being good at waiting, it is thecharirty vibe that helps you get through difficult situations. Humility gives credit where credit is due and is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. All in all, seven vibes that are actually very difficult to live by, but which are worth aiming for nonetheless.

General vibe of the Virtues: How to be good

Factvibe: Each of the seven virtues has an equal and opposite deadly sin. For example, diligence is the opposite of sloth.

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Patience. Not just a computer game, also a virtue

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The Vibe of the Torah

The Torah, aka the Pentateuch, aka the Law, has a very Jewish vibe. Made up from the first five books of the Bible, it is the first part of the Tanakh, the Jewish Old Testament. The other two parts of the Tanakh are the Neviim (the Prophets) and the Ketuvim (the Writings). The Torah’s vibe isn’t just one of the written word, there is also the Oral Torah, a collection of writings and opinion about the Torah by eminent rabbis that have been passed down through the generations. Traditionally, the Torah is written on a scroll by a scribe and is divided into fifty-four chunks. These chunks are read in public, in a synagogue, usually on the Sabbath and are divvied up so that the entire Torah is read aloud in one year. Scribes armed with ink and parchment have been on hand since the time of Moses to record the vibe, although most of the Torah is first written down by panicky scribes around 600BC fearing their history will be forgotten while they are in exile in Babylon. Some three hundred years later, the Jews are still sufficiently worried about their stories being swallowed up by those of their more powerful neighbours that they set to and pull all the most important bits together in one final ‘best-of’ compilation: the Torah is born. Around this time, King Ptolemy of Egypt decides that he would quite like to have the Torah in his gigantic library in Alexandria, and sets seventy scholars to the task of translating it from Hebrew into Greek. Legend has it that, despite working separately, these holy men all produce identical translations, now known as the Septuagint. By the time Jesus arrives, the Jews all agree that the writings they have pulled together are sacrosanct and can never be changed. The Torah sits neatly alongside the Talmud, a set of commentaries, writings and teachings about the Old Testament. A heavily Jewish vibe without which there would be no Christianity.

General Vibe of the Torah: The Book of the Law

Factvibe: Whenever New Testament writers talk about Scripture, they mean the Torah, the Neviim and the Ketuvim. They had no idea their own letters and stories would make it into the Bible.


The Torah: a ‘best of’ compilation vibe

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