Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fruit Pet Peeves

The other day FLG was pissed about Asian and Bosc pear confusion.

Today, he is mildly perturbed by this:
Now there’s certainly a longstanding Christian mythic tradition of imagining the wood of the Cross on which Jesus was executed as being from (or the same as) the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in The Garden of Eden. Jesus is said to take on sin in his death and sin arises (according to the story) through the eating of the apple from the tree, hence his death occurs on the same tree. The Cross is therefore also (paradoxically) The Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden, as through the Crucified Wood, the Resurrection occurs.

What, precisely, is he perturbed by? The Bible simply describes what is eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as fruit. There's no mention of an apple.

Now, FLG understands that there is a long and distinguished history of depicting this fruit as an apple, and so he understands when people refer to it as an apple. But he doesn't like it. In fact, he does it himself from time-to-time and kicks himself afterward.


Bill Flanigen said...

Biblical pet peeve: Jonah was not swallowed by a whale. He was swallowed by a "great fish" or a "big fish." And whales are mammals.


FLG said...

Upcoming aquatically-themed pet peeve week. BLOWN.

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