Old Testament, New Culture; Can We Critique Sacred Texts?
Kingwell, Mark, ROM Magazine
In his brilliantly kooky 2002 book Genius--subtitled "a mosaic of one hundred exemplary creative minds"--the esteemed Yale University literary scholar Harold Bloom included, among obvious entrants such as Shakespeare and Milton, two biblical authors: Saint Paul from the New Testament, and "the Yahwist," or J, who wrote key sections of the Old. Paul's gentle phrases of spiritual instruction--"love is patient, love is kind," wisdom seen "through a glass darkly"--surely qualify him as a writer of gifts. But so do the poetry and sly Hebrew punning that J brings to Genesis: "And so the Lord God formed man [a-dam] from the dust of the ground [a-dam-ah] and breathed into his nostrils the …
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Publication information: Article title: Old Testament, New Culture; Can We Critique Sacred Texts?. Contributors: Kingwell, Mark - Author. Magazine title: ROM Magazine. Volume: 42. Issue: 1 Publication date: Summer 2009. Page number: 12. © 2009 Royal Ontario Museum Governors. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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