Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reader's Diary #981- The New King James Version Bible: The Book of Haggai

It's not a pyramid scheme!
The Book of Haggai is another one of those short books near the end of the Old Testament. Just two chapters. There was barely time to form a thought before the book ended.

I found myself comparing Haggai to my admittedly foggy memories of Thomas Hutchings from Bernice Morgan's Random Passage and the sequel Waiting for Time. Whereas Haggai, a minor prophet, tries to convince people to rebuild a temple and blames their recent drought on their not having done so already, Thomas Hutchings was helping build the Basilica, a large Catholic church in St. John's, Newfoundland but (if memory serves) was appalled by the dangerous building conditions and that the church could justify such an expensive and ornate building when there was so much poverty in the area. Quite the opposite characters.

Of course, that's taking the temple literally, when I suppose it could easily be turned into a metaphor for say, the faith itself. A few verses seem to be a warning to stop simply go through the motions with one's faith and to put the effort into "building" it up. Of course, that's just an interpretation. In two short chapters, the idea was fleeting.

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