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PostCheese and Christianity (Ronald Hilton, USA, 11/22/04 8:30 am)
We were startled
when Christopher Jones cited ancient documents comparing Christ with
cheese. By an extraordinary coincidence, the Virgin Mary has now
appeared in cheese, and more precisely in a cheese sandwich in South
Florida. Photographs did indeed show the picture of a woman in the
cheese. The sandwich sold for $28,000, presumably to a believer who
could afford that amount. It is now known if the seller thanked the
Virgin and devoted the money to good works or whether she laughed all
the way to the bank. In any case, both the seller and the buyer were
obviously Catholic and possible Cuban. Clearly cheese has more prestige
in the Catholic tradition than in the Anglo-American one. Curiously I
can find no reference to cheese in the Bible, although there reportedly
is one. Cheese is an ancient food, but I do not know what enzyme was
used; the most common nowadays being rennet. It is a basic food among
nomadic Arabs, which I suppose is the same as Bedouins. Can Ed Jajko or
Miles Seeley tell us something about cheese in the Arab tradition? Was
it made from camel's milk? De Gaulle's remarked that it is difficult to
govern a country which has 59 varieties of cheese, but that very fact
may be a source of pride for the French. What about the standing of
cheese in countries like Russia, India and China? Since the American
Indians had neither cattle nor sheep, presumably they did not have
cheese. Can Alberto Gutierrez, who lives in Florida, tell us more about
the cheese sandwich?
1 Samuel 17:18 "Bring also these ten cuts of cheese to the commander of their thousand, and look into the welfare of your brothers, and bring back news of them.
2 Samuel 17:29 honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."
Job 10:10 'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;
Still, nobody has answered my challenge to where the quote from New Testament Scripture comes from that Jesus equates himself to a "mountain of cheese."
As to the Virgin Mary in Cheese....since there is no known photograph of Mary, how do they know that it is Mary?