Nonstampcollector’s Take on the Akedah: The Binding of Isaac in Genesis 22

Nonstampcollector (@nonstampNSC; YouTube) has released his latest video, which takes on the difficult task of addressing the biblical Akedah, or “Binding of Isaac”, the near human sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham in Genesis 22. (He even gives a little take on Sodom and Gomorrah at the intro.)

As anyone who has studied the Bible knows, this text is one of the most talked about and problematic ethical texts in the Bible. This is a classic ‘nonstamp’ take on the ethical issues surrounding a god who would order a human sacrifice just to test the obedience of his followers.

Enjoy. Comments welcome, but keep them germane to the topic.

the shang ring: where was this when abraham was around?


The ShangRingTM is a Disposable Micro-injury Peritomy Anastomosis Device which has patented internationally. This device is used for male circumcision of redundant phimosis and prepuce.

a new device may have made conversion to judaism a bit easier in abraham’s time.

doctors around the world are praising the schlong shangringtm or technically a “disposable micro-injury peritomy anastomosis device.” it is a chinese-developed device, which makes circumcision painless and easy. this is no joke: the bill and melinda gates foundation will invest about 4 million dollars into studying the device.

how does it work?

The ShangRing consists of two plastic rings, one slightly smaller than the other, that trap the foreskin in between them. With the use of some anesthesia, the foreskin can then be snipped off without major bleeding or stitches. The device is kept on for 10 days to allow the wound to heal.

so no more pain and knives, just the slow process of placing a ring on a portion of your package until numb, then cutting it off. plus, you get to wear a decorative piece of jewelry for ten days. (wearing it beyond that is optional.) the result is a “willy nihilly.”

but in addition to the reduction in pain, the reason for the shang ring’s popularity in africa is its effectiveness in fighting hiv and aids.

Scientists think circumcision reduces the chances of HIV infection because the foreskin is particularly susceptible to HIV.

while not as effective as wearing a condom (or not having sex with multiple partners), studies show circumcision helps against contracting aids. of course, there’s always someone who doesn’t quite get it:

Experts are also concerned men who get circumcised will mistakenly think they are immune to HIV. That was the case for Samson Agalo, a bicycle taxi operator from Kisumu, Kenya, who recently had a circumcision — and has been having sex with multiple partners ever since. “After going for the cut, you don’t need condoms,” he said.

so the question is, with man’s obsession with his member for all these years, why didn’t this come along sooner? why couldn’t god have told abraham in genesis 17:9-10:

As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall wear the ring. And one ring shall rule them all.

and i’m guessing the shechemites in genesis 34 were wishing they had this handy device. and of course, the egyptians may have experimented with the shang ring, as this doctored relief found in an egyptian tomb built for ankhmabor in saqqara dating to around 2400 bce demonstrates.

A hypothetical reconstruction of the relief found in an Egyptian tomb built for Ankhmabor in Saqqara dating to around 2400 BCE, had the Egyptians had the ShangRing. This image displays an Egyptian circumcision.

"With this ring, I thee circumcise." This image displays a hypothetical Egyptian circumcision had the Egyptians had the ShangRing. The original relief (sans the ShangRing) was found in an Egyptian tomb built for Ankhmabor in Saqqara dating to around 2400 BCE.

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