I’ve been casually reading through the Apocrypha, chiefly out of scholarly interest, but also to see what value there is in it–or isn’t–for myself. For the record, growing up, the Apocrypha was definitely not held in respect in my evangelical-tinged household…
I came across this today: Like a eunuch’s desire to violate a maiden is a man who executes judgments by violence. Sirach 30:4.
Wow. What a (muddled?)….comparison, eh?
Speaking of wacky words, I’m almost all the way through reading the Book of Mormon (also known as the BoM) after meeting with some missionaries, that Andrew and I befriended, for the last six months. About halfway through, it got to be really tough going–it reminds me of listening to an candy-coated pop-music album stuck on repeat, that keeps repeating the same simple derivative motif over and over. And over. And over. And over again, the needle wearing the same groove in a constant cycle of scratchy pattern.
That said, I’ve learned a lot *. And I’m surprised by what’s Not in there (and what Is in there). So if there’s any questions you’ve ever wondered about the BoM or the religion in general, feel free to ask and I’ll see if I have anything to add to the discussion. For example: no, Mormons aren’t anti-crucifixion; yes, their scripture really is blatantly racist just one translation back (there’s been a lot of revisions, which is “proof of the excellence of their living apostles”)
* Link is quite disrespectful, but surprisingly historically accurate.