Essay Question: Many very intelligent Christians and Jews recognize that this passage, read in the Catholic Church’s Lectionary on July 14, is not literally true. Many would, say King Uzziah may not have been authentic either.
But the same people think that a man named Jesus, from Galilee, was executed by crucifixion during the procuratorship of Pontius Pilate. What do you think?
Please submit your 500 word response in flawless biblical Hebrew or acceptable Hellenistic Greek. Replies that do not conform to this instruction will not be accepted.
In the year King Uzziah died,
I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,
with the train of his garment filling the temple.
Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings:
with two they veiled their faces,
with two they veiled their feet,
and with two they hovered aloft.
They cried one to the other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
All the earth is filled with his glory!”
At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook
and the house was filled with smoke.
Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips;
yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
He touched my mouth with it and said,
“See, now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”