One for Azazel // Leviticus

…but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the LORD to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.             Leviticus 16.10 Disgrace upon you, Azazel! For Abraham’s lot is in heaven, but yours is upon the earth. Because you have… Continue reading One for Azazel // Leviticus

Before the Law // Exodus

The violence that [Walter] Benjamin defines as divine is instead situated in a zone in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between exception and rule. […] Divine violence shows the connection between the two violences [i.e. law-making and law-preserving]—and, even more, between violence and law—to be the single real content of law.            … Continue reading Before the Law // Exodus

A Trace of Blood // Genesis

You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.             Numbers 35.33 The tale spoke clearly: whatever brotherhood human beings may be… Continue reading A Trace of Blood // Genesis

Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler

On that which follows terror. Nothing in his fucked-up study of black history had ever hipped him to this: The long life of a people can use their fugitivity, their grief, their history for good. This isn't magic, this is how it was, and how it will always be. This is how we keep our… Continue reading Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler