Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Nov 19 2002

I’ve been reading the books of the Apocrypha recently, those bits of the traditional Bible that have been left out in more modern versions. It’s been a useful experience, as I’ve gotten a feel for the books. Most of them are purely historical, or collections of proverbs, and understandably uninteresting to most readers.

But I read the book of Tobit last night, and I was bowled over. It’s a genuinely well-written story.

And that’s what amazed me: it’s a good story. The entire book is one continuous story (much like the book of Ruth, for example), with no sidetracking. It’s a joy to read.

I’m sad to realize that most Christians will never read Tobit.

(I’m afraid my writing is rather disorganized today; I feel tired and disoriented. It’s purely physical, I think; comparatively little sleep the past few nights, combined with a long, deep sleep last night, have made me feel like the boar tribe in Princess Mononoke: “We grow small, and we grow stupid.”)

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