Bible Dictionary: Uzzah

By: Guy Templeton
February 8, 2014

The LDS Bible Dictionary for Uzzah states

Strength.  Slain for touching the Ark (2 Sam. 6:6); called Uzza (1 Chr. 13:9).  The penalty may appear to us severe, but it must be remembered that the Ark was a sacred repository, and the people had been clearly warned that only designated persons could touch the Ark, and the warned also of the consequences of disobedience.”

I think this penalty is not only severe, but was the ancient people’s attempts to justify a strange occurrence.  Do you think that this penalty is really Godly?

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4 Responses to Bible Dictionary: Uzzah

  1. Howard on February 8, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Thinking people believe the Ark was in part an energy storage device such as a capacitor for storing and discharging electricity. Electricity would not have been understood in that time so God gets credited with the death. Mormons like to twist this into a prohibition against attempting to steady the church but so far I have not been struck dead so I favor the capacitor explanation!

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  2. Aaron on February 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Pseudo-scientific nutballs think the ark was an energy storage device. Thinking people agree with me. (See what I did there?)

    Counter-narrative to the usual “steadying the ark” usage is found at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithpromotingrumor/2008/06/uzzah-killed-for-blind-obedience/

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  3. Howard on February 8, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I do see what you did there Aaron, you’re so smart.

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  4. Moss on February 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I prefer the Lego version of this story:

    http://thebricktestament.com/king_david/god_kills_man_for_touching_ark/2s06_01.html

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