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Loretta | 3979 comments Mod
Please use this thread to discuss the book freely!


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Loretta | 3979 comments Mod
These books are by far my favorite for the prose and beauty of the words.


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MJD | 331 comments Here are my reading updates for these books:

July 3, 2018 –
55.0% "Ecclesiastes reminds me of the poem "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley."
July 2, 2018 –
54.0% "In Proverbs I am finding a running theme as to what "wisdom" is. From my reading, one lives a life in accordance with "wisdom" through not acting in a "reactive" manner to stimuli, but instead one should "respond" to incidents that life sends your way. Reminds me of what Stephen Batchelor wrote on the problems of being "reactive" in his book "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.""
July 2, 2018 –
49.0% "In Psalms now. At first I was approaching it as a simple collection of poems, but then I discovered that there was commentary on what had happened so far in the Bible scattered throughout the psalms. Now I am treating it as a means to flesh out more of the events that the Bible has described up to this point (as well as enjoying it as pure poetry, of course)."
July 1, 2018 –
46.0% "Job 19:23-24 "23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!" Job seems to be breaking the fourth wall of sorts in modernistic/post-modern sort of way, it was interesting to come across these words."
June 29, 2018 –
45.0% "Reading Job now. Reminds me of the writings of the Roman Stoic philosophers Seneca and Marcus Aurelius."
June 29, 2018 –
45.0% "Reading Job now. Reminds me of the writings of the Roman Stoic philosophers Seneca and Marcus Aurelius.


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MJD | 331 comments Loretta wrote: "These books are by far my favorite for the prose and beauty of the words."

Having read up to Daniel so far in my read of the KJB, I agree with you so far. Job and Ecclesiastes are masterpieces in terms of aesthetics and intellectual musings. High art and high philosophy.


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MJD | 331 comments Ecclesiastes has always reminded me of the poem "Ozymandias": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias



Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias"


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.[4]

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Horace Smith's "Ozymandias"


In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:—
"I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,
"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,—
Naught but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.[10]


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MJD | 331 comments Book recommendation:

I would recommend reading A Confession by Leo Tolstoy alongside this set of biblical books, especially Ecclesiastes since he directly references it by name a few times and talks at length about themes from it throughout his book.


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Loretta | 3979 comments Mod
MJD wrote: "Book recommendation:

I would recommend reading A Confession by Leo Tolstoy alongside this set of biblical books, especially Ecclesiastes since he directly references ..."


I've always wanted to read that MJD.


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MJD | 331 comments Loretta wrote: "MJD wrote: "Book recommendation:

I would recommend reading A Confession by Leo Tolstoy alongside this set of biblical books, especially Ecclesiastes since he directly..."


For me it was a quick read. If you want to read a summary of it though I would recommend the Tolstoy part of the book Prophets of Dissent: Essays on Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Nietzsche and Tolstoy by Otto Heller


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