Reading Job in a day

I just finished reading the Book of Job for the second time in two months, and this time I read it in a single day, which produced a new experience for me with this very old friend of a poem. Reading Robert Alter’s translation this time, I skipped his footnotes and read them only at … Continue reading Reading Job in a day

Podcast with Alter and Hart

My two favorite, and possibly the best, translators of the Bible today were interviewed together on a podcast about a year ago: Speaking broadly and perhaps simply, Robert Alter produced a translation of the Hebrew Bible that shows in English that the original was great literature, while David Bentley Hart produced a New Testament that … Continue reading Podcast with Alter and Hart

Christmas, 1811

Some bloggers and BookTubers have been presenting Christmas material from novels, for example, this selection from “Little House In the Big Woods.” That one is part of a full series of Christmas-related readings, and I don’t have enough reading under me to list that many readings. But I’ll give one. It’s a scene, or rather … Continue reading Christmas, 1811

Charlie Brown Christmas

In honor of a sad sapling, and his Christmas tree. Hark! the herald angels sing,“Glory to the newborn King:peace on earth, and mercy mild,God and sinners reconciled!”Joyful, all ye nations, rise,join the triumph of the skies;with th’angelic hosts proclaim,“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Refrain:Hark! the herald angels sing,“Glory to the newborn King” Christ, by highest … Continue reading Charlie Brown Christmas

Fanny Price and Job

“But I cannot be satisfied without Fanny Price, without making a small hole in Fanny Price’s heart. You do not seem properly aware of her claims to notice. When we talked of her last night, you none of you seemed sensible of the wonderful improvement that has taken place in her looks within the last … Continue reading Fanny Price and Job

two sons of abraham

two sons of abraham two israelite kingdomsnorth and south one destroyedand then the other two templesboth destroyed two jewish revoltstwo intifadahs two roman empireswest and east one destroyedand then the other two churches in schismtwo islams in contest none destroyed two prophets rejectedtwo religions born to contend two satansgreat and little two world warstwo genocides … Continue reading two sons of abraham


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