An decorating study of a project of many sides, whose persuasivenes lies in its symbolic power
Literary critic Simon Loveday, who died last year, is not concerned with matters of religion or theology but with understanding the Bible as a textbook, or rather as numerous texts. He dismantles the relevant recommendations that the Old or New Testaments are historically accurate: literalist sees of the Bible are, he answers with a biblical metaphor,” built on sand “. There is no such thing as” a single shred of historic attest” for the exodus , nor is there any record of Herod killing Bethlehem’s firstborn. Far from preaching a single meaning, Loveday foreground the many contradictions in the Bible, due to the fact that it is a palimpsest: the work of numerous mitts, writing, re-writing, editing and translating over hundreds of years. The impression of the virgin birth may even have been inspired by a mis-translation. But for Loveday, the Bible’s enduring persuasivenes lies in its gigantic symbolic dominance, forged by the individuals who influenced many diverse verse into one book whose core myth is deliverance. This illuminating survey reclaims the Bible as a great work of human rights ingenuity, one that” celebrates our recapture of our own guess “.
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