Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A Most Influential Book
I'm pretty proud to say that I've read every word, including the Mosaic Law and role-call of Israel (I know, not the greatest plot-line), and I was reminded of a couple of things this time around. The first is that I'm really glad that the Old Testament God is different from the one I am familiar with. Otherwise, I would have been zapped a long time ago.
The second is that reading about the struggles that ancient Jews went through reaffirms in my mind the sad and beautiful history that the Jewish faith carries with it. Theirs is a history full of meaning and tradition, of sorrow and the sublime, and I feel reading the Old Testament has impressed that on me even deeper.
Third, I love the book of Isaiah. His writings can make sense to me and my modern perspective just as it did to the people of his time. His gift for writing anachronistically really speaks to me and I appreciate his poetic writing.