Kendall T. Shoulders
Jesus (Yeshua) is a Worm…and a Snake Too, Among Other Things
Jesus made many bold claims about himself throughout scripture. The boldest being that he is the Son of God. This primary claim alienates many around the world. Other religions say that Jesus was a great philosopher, teacher, humanitarian, and perhaps even one of the world’s greatest prophets. All stop short of the claim that Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus claimed to be the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He stated that he was the “Door” to his Father in Heaven. He also mentioned that he was the “Bread that came down from Heaven.” In another section of scripture he touts being the “Alpha and the Omega” and the “Beginning and the End.” He introduces himself as being eternal in the Gospel of John while claiming to be the co-creator of all things. He continues by describing himself as the “Light” that was called upon in the beginning of the book of Genesis when God said “Let there be light.”
Of the many claims that Jesus made, one stands out as being the most obscure but intriguing characteristics in scripture. Jesus called himself a “worm.” How can a man who claims to be equal with God also make himself equivalent to a worm? If this is true, what does it mean for all of those who believe in him? What does it mean for all of those who do not?
Jesus Is a Worm meticulously analyzes and contextualizes this overlooked metaphor in the Bible and explains how the symbolic power of a particular worm—the tola worm—holds significant lessons for all who would dare to listen. From its entomological roots to its status in Biblical societies, the tola worm was a recognizable and essential allegory in ancient times. Over the centuries, however, its importance in the Bible’s teachings waned. Without Kendall Shoulder’s passion for the truth, it may have disappeared entirely.
Standing at the foot of Mount Herman at the altar of Zeus, Jesus asked a rather profound question of his disciples. He wanted to know from their perspective how they defined him. Before that time, there had been many angel-like gods that were purported to be God, and were presented in dramatic and powerfully deceptive ways. After reading Jesus Is a Worm, the same question will be asked of you. Who do you say he is?