Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reader's Diary #839- The Good News Bible: The Book of Jeremiah

The Book of Jeremiah is not an easy, straightforward read for a few reasons. It's long, it's repetitive, and God comes across as quite an angry god. Much has been written about how it shows the humanity of a prophet, one filled with doubt, resistance and inner turmoil, but I found my mind wandering too much to really notice. Which, for someone simply interested in reading the Bible and not in the theology, is not necessarily a bad thing. After what seemed like the 100th time that God warned Jeremiah that he was going to make everyone suffer for praying to other gods and living sinfully, I became more interested in the history of the book and of some of the events it portrays. When I went to France, we visited a couple of old buildings and sites that dated back to a few hundred years after Jesus. We could have gone to sites to see old cave paintings, of course, but we couldn't work it into our schedule. In any case, the recorded history in France astounded me. A hundred years after Christ seemed remarkable. Yet, reading the Book of Jeremiah, and doing subsequent research about when it is believed to have been written, it was an awesome reminder that there's still a lot of history between the days of cavemen and a couple years after Jesus. The talk of armies and trumpets and weapons and ancient wars-- I found the historical questions more fascinating than any message I was probably supposed to draw. Oh well, at least there was that.


Chrisbookarama said...

LOL! Your pic for the post made me laugh. Makes me want to sing the Degrassi Junior High theme song.

Perogyo said...

"Everybody want something, they'll never give up!"