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: https://mindingscripture.com/episode-4-translation-of-scripture/ 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 … Continue reading Podcast with Alter and Hart

Favorite books of 2021 (and 2020)

My blog is new, so I've never picked out favorite books for a year, but here we go. My ten faves for 2021, fiction and nonfiction, out of the 66 books I read: 1. New Testament -- the recent translation by David Bentley Hart 2. Notre Dame de Paris Translated by Alban Krailsheimer 3. Lonesome … Continue reading Favorite books of 2021 (and 2020)

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

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

Orbits of the Soul

I wrote the meditation below during a yoga teacher-training retreat in October 1999. We had our talent-show night, and I chose to contribute a kind of meditation/poetry reading. I don't know how well it came off as poetry, and it was quite different from the other entries that night, but it was nonetheless well-appreciated. __________________________________________ … Continue reading Orbits of the Soul