December 23rd, 2012

lindisfarne gospels

Thinking about Scripture and Tradition

I was reading Gertrude Himmelfarb’s The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England, from Cromwell to Churchill and noted the way she described David Lloyd George’s support for Zionism. Besides the principles and sympathies involved, there was a sense in which the Jews were seen as spiritual ancestors by the Welsh. Having grown up as a Welsh Protestant, Lloyd George said the kings of Old Testament Israel were more familiar to the Welsh than their own kings from before the English conquest. Reminds me of the historian who pointed out that to the Scots Calvinists, the geography of OT Israel was more familiar to them than the geography of Scotland. And I am further reminded of a mentor of mine, a man who grew up Free Methodist, who said that when he was a child, he wanted to be a Jew, since they were the heroes of the Bible.Collapse )