20. Proverbs : A Short Review

Proverbs, the 20th book in the Bible, is a list of pithy sayings and poetry. Apparently it’s meant to be instructional to “young men”. Graphic by Feed My Starving Children, some rights reserved. Some of the sayings are practical bits of wisdom, but the overriding theme of the book is less benign. “The fear of […]

Bypassing Impossible Moral Dictates

Christopher Hitchens once wrote about the “impossible” moral dictates of religion. A specific example was lusting after a woman. The original rule was “don’t commit adultery”, which is reasonable. But Jesus came along and said the real rule is don’t even lust. That rule is impossible. I thought of another impossible dictate because two coworkers […]

19. Psalms : A Short Review

The book of Psalms is the 19th book in the Protestant Bible. Unlike the previous books, it’s entirely poems and songs — many attributed to King David. Some are introduced with musical instructions. Psalms has 150 chapters — the most in the Bible. It’s the third-longest by number of words (source), behind Jeremiah and Genesis. […]

18. Job : A Review

Oh my. This one was a whopper. This image is the front cover of “Job: A Comedy Of Justice”, a 1984 Robert Heinlein novel, which I haven’t read in many years, but remember enjoying immensely. It isn’t relevant to this review. Story summary: God allows Job to lose everything but his life (and three friends), […]

17. Esther : A Short Review

This is my review of Esther, the 17th book in the Bible. (Click here for the Intro to this series, including links to each book’s review.) “Queen Esther”, an 1879 painting by Edwin Long. via Wikipedia Esther tells of the Israelite woman “Hadassah”, a.k.a. Esther. She “had a lovely figure and was beautiful”. Esther won […]

15-16. Ezra & Nehemiah : Review

This is my review of Ezra and Nehemiah, the 15th and 16th books in the Bible. (Click here for the Intro to this series, including links to each book’s review.) Engraving of Ezra reading the law, by Gustave Doré Multiple sources say Ezra and Nehemiah used to be a single book. The narrative — if […]

13-14. I & II Chronicles

This is my short review of I and II Chronicles, the 13th and 14th books in the Bible. (Click here for the Intro to this series, including links to each book’s review.) Screenshot from International Bible Society According to the International Bible Society (here), Chronicles was written as one book. They still are one book […]