Just out of curiosity, as we enter into Passover and Easter season… have you ever read the Bible? Just the odd chapter or Psalm? The whole thing? (Or, almost the whole thing? It’s some heavy reading, of course, and those “begats” get kind of tedious.)
I have read a great deal of the Bible. As a teenager, I did try to read the whole thing and certainly all that begatting got rather irksome.
If so, was it from religious motivation or from a literary perspective? Stuck with nothing else to read in a hotel room the Gideon’s have visited? Any combination?
It was neither from religious motivation nor from a literary perspective – just curiosity. Having been educated in a Wesleyan school, with only the teachers’ interpretations of the text, I wanted to read and understand for myself. Now it tends to be a reference book, to verify quotations, to understand the meaning behind certain artistic depictions or to attempt to comprehend the undelying beliefs of certain religious organisations derived from interpretations of The Bible.
And while we’re on the subject… what about the other great religious works out there? Are they more to your liking?
I have read some of The Koran, and take an interest in many other religions and their related literature.
Anglo-Saxon Aloud has extracts from The Bible read out in Anglo-Saxon