Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reader's Diary #1091- The New King James Version Bible: Galatians

Earlier this year I finished reading the complete works of Shakespeare. Finishing that and the Bible were two long term goals of mine— goals that could have taken me much sooner than the 5 or 6 years it's taken so far, but I've been enjoying doing it more leisurely, reading other stuff all the while. Still, finishing Shakespeare felt a bit like a burden lifted and I did so hope to have the Bible finished by the end of the year as well.

Well, since starting my masters, my reading's been down in general and way down for the Bible reading. I'm definitely not finishing this year, and with about 18 books left after Galatians, I'll be lucky to get it done by this time next year. Hopefully there'll be some short ones in there.

I'm really starting to lose my focus. I finished Galatians about a week or two ago, and sitting down to write this today I had totally forgotten what it was all about. Granted, there weren't any greatest hits moments— no floods, man-eating whales, or miracle feasts— so it was a bit drier than a lot of other books of the Bible. Essentially it's Paul telling the Galatian people that the law (specifically Judaic law) is not as important as faith. Yet later he tells them things they should stop doing, which to me is rather law-like (just sayin'). Paul continues to come across (and maybe it's the translation) as a bit of a politician.

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