Rev. Wil Gafney Disputes Long’s Crown

Somebody’s trying to snatch Bishop Eddie Long’s crown. A recent blog in the Huffington Post by Rev. Wil Gafney is saying that the crowning of the bishop was all an elaborate hoax. She dissected 27 points from the video that suggested the whole thing was just another publicity stunt.

If you missed the crowning you can check it out here.

A few of Gafney’s points include:

  • The claim that Holocaust Torahs cannot be insured “because there are no more” is patently false. They are regularly insured as are other one of a kind objects d’art, i.e. the works of Picasso.
  • The Torah cover is not a “foreskin.” Hyper-masculine, hyper-sexualization of the Torah reduces the holy Torah to a problematic phallic symbol — God’s? or Long’s? — and categorizes the most destructive behaviors associated with New Birth ministries in recent years. Grammatically and symbolically, the Torah is feminine in Hebrew and is personified as “She,” as in “She is a Tree of Life,” in Prov. 3:18.
  • The Temple in Jerusalem was not a synagogue or Beth Midrash, where Torah scrolls were kept and studied.
  • The Torah wrapper is not referred to as a “belt of righteousness.”
  • The tree in the vision in the book of Revelation whose “leaves are for the healing of the nations,” (22:2), is a fruit tree — not a Torah scroll — and the text does not say that there are “39 leaves” as claimed in the video.

Continue reading at The Huffington Post.



Wil Gafney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and is an Episcopal Priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia PA. In addition she has co-taught courses with and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in Wyncote, PA.

What do you think about Gafney’s point?


Bishop Eddie Long has issued an apology to the Jewish community.

While I believe that Rabbi Ralph Messer has good intentions during his message at New Birth, I understand that the ceremony he performed on Sunday, January 29th, caused harm to the Jewish community, for which I am deeply sorry,” said Long in a statement addressed to Bill Nigut, southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

The Anti-Defamation League works to fight anti-Semitism.

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