Sunday, December 16, 2012

Reader's Diary #916- The New King James Version Bible: Amos

Oddest, unfunniest and arguably most blasphemous Batman comic ever

"[...] reminds us once again of all that we have taken for granted in our world and should not, the madness we try not to bother to notice, the deceptions and falsehoods we lack the will to try to distinguish from truth."

That's a quote from John W. Aldridge, describing Joseph Heller's Catch 22.  I just started reading that novel and saw the blurb, but it seemed oddly appropriate to also describe the Book of Amos, which I had just finished reading. But that wanders into theological interpretation, which I'm avoiding.

The Book of Amos isn't  markedly different from many of the previous books of the Old Testament in which God speaks through a prophet to warn the people about the consequences of their actions. This time I found myself thinking of the God-prophet relationships that we've seen. I began to wonder if any superhero-sidekick partnerships were ever modeled on God-prophet dynamic. Robin was replaced a few times. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Todd...  Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos? I'm sure there's a geek's thesis in there somewhere.

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