September 13, 2012

The Bible - Part III

I finished the Poetical and Wisdom books a while ago. They include Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Psalms, and Song of Solomon. It’s taken me forever to sit down and blog about this installment. I hate to admit it, but it’s probably because I didn’t really care for this part.

I’ve been surprised that I haven’t found reading the Bible to be particularly tedious until this section. It sounds bad, but I kind of thought it would be boring. I laugh even as I type that sentence because I’ve read long, really boring books for this book project that were much harder to finish, and I didn’t go in to them with that thought. It’s like when H tells me she doesn’t like something at dinner before she puts it in her mouth. How can she possibly know?

For whatever reason I found the books that were more stories, like Job and Song of Solomon, to be a little hard to follow. I suspect that it’s because they are written more in verse than prose and not being much of a Biblical scholar, I don’t really have the background to know the overall story. I felt a bit like a ninth grader reading Romeo and Juliet for the first time; “Huh?” Also, Job really dragged on there for a while.

The Psalms really weren’t bad. They are exactly like reading poetry, as they are poems. I find it difficult to read too many poems all in one sitting because I feel like my brain can’t absorb them properly after a while. I didn’t want to skim them for the sake of saying I’d read them, so it was rather slow going. For the most part, however, it was enjoyable. I had fun when I ran into one that had been turned into a hymn or something and I recognized the words. It’s that flash of recognition you get when you’re at a concert for some band and they finally play that one song that’s on the radio and you think, “Oh, it’s THAT band!”

It was the Proverbs though that really killed me. They were just so repetitive, and a lot of them didn’t even seem to make sense to my 21st century sensibilities.

I’m looking forward to moving on to something new.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you are sticking with this, and I love reading your insight. Job is a big fat bummer. I feel the same way about the Psalms--hard to absorb SO MUCH poetry. Oddly enough, I think Proverbs is the book I've read most in my life because there are 31 chapters, one for each day of the month, so anytime I felt like reading my Bible but didn't feel inspired to read anything in particular, I would fall back on reading the proverb of the day. They make for good discussion in group settings because they are so seemingly contradictory at times and downright puzzling at others. I'm glad you're moving on to something new, too. Just a heads up--Ecclesiastes is probably my favorite OT book, so I hope you enjoy it!


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