June 30th, 2006

lindisfarne gospels

Latest reading

I'm reading Whose Bible Is It? by Jaroslav Pelikan. It's a good read, well written. In it, he tackles not only the historical development of the canon, but the discrepancies between the canons of the Jewish Tanakh (what we call the OT), the Bible as received by the Orthodox and Catholics, and the Bible as received by most Protestants.
He also goes into the history of Biblical interpretation among these various groups.

It's not telling me much I didn't already know, but then I've got a Master of Divinity and so forth. But I'm thinking that if I were teaching an introductory course in the Bible, or even leading a small group in the local church over the same territory, I'd recommend Pelikan's book as a great intro to the whole field.
hiker

Elephants on parade

For some reason, I had the Dawn Patrol's march running through my head today. It would make a great hiking song. (I really need to get out in the back country!)

Hup, two, three, four
Keep it up, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four
Keep it up, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four
Company, sound off!

Oh, the aim of our patrol
Is a question rather droll
For to march and drill
Over field and hill
[trumpets]
Is a military goal!
Is a military goal!

With a hup, two, three, four
Dress it up, two, three, four

By the ranks or single file
Over every jungle mile
Oh we stamp and crush
Through the underbrush
[trumpets]
In the military style!
In the military style!

Hup, two, three, four
Hup, two, three, four
Keep it up, two, three, four.

Oh we march from here to there
And it doesn't matter where
You can hear us push
Through the deepest bush
Hup, two, three, four
With a military air!
With a military air.
[they trumpet]

We're a crackerjack brigade
On a pachyderm parade
But we'd rather stroll
To a water hole
Hup, two, three, four
For a furlough in the shade.
(For a furlough in the shade.)