Saturday, February 02, 2008

1-2-3

Well I have been tagged to perform the following
Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Not wanting to cheat as I sat in my church office I saw my Bible laying to my left. So I thought I would start there but then work my way past the music stand where my Greek and Hebrew texts are laid out (mostly for show) and then look to my easy-access reference shelf for the 'real reading'.
First,
Place the alter of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting; place the basin between the Tent of Meeting and the alter and put water in it. Set up the courtyard around and put the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard. Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy.


Okay and here is a rough translation,
All widows and orphans you shall not afflict. If you afflict them and they cry out to me I will surely hear their cry. And my face will burn and I will kill you with a sword and your wives will be widows and your sons orphans.



There were some of the scribes sitting there considering in their hearts, "Why does this man say this, he blasphemies? Who can forgive sins if not the one God?" And immediately Jesus, understanding with his spirit what they were considering within themselves, said to them, "Why are you considering this in your hearts?"


Here I had a few choices as to what would have been considered the closest book. I decided to start with the top shelf. The first book, however, was Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God which had less than 100 pages. The next book with the red spine was the writings of Evagrius of Pontus,

An irascible person will experience terrors; a gentle person will have no fears.
A violent wind drives away clouds; resentment drives the mind away from knowledge.
The person who prays for his enemies will be free of resentment; one who is sparing with his tongue will do his neighbour no injury.


Well there you go. Anyone who reads this can consider themselves tagged.

2 comments:

hineini said...

First
The object of representation is to be distinguished from the act of representation--this is the fundamental and most fecund affirmation of Husserl's phenomenology, to which a realist import is hastily given. But does the theory of mental images, betraying a confusion of the act with the object of consciousness, rest uniquely on a false description of consciousness inspired by the prejudices of a psychological atomism? In a sense the object of representation is indeed interior to thought: despite its independence it falls under the power of thought. (Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity)
Second:
You, he said.
For what reason in particular?
We think that you're slacking off and that you've cheated us out of a whole important section of the discussion in order to avoid having to deal with it.
(Plato's Republic)

dave b said...

nicely done, man. i like your creative twist.