... the narrative method of the Bible ... assumes a steady march of history, the continuous unfolding of significant event, from the primordial quarrel of two brothers in a field to supper with a stranger at Emmaus. There is a cosmic irony in the veil of insignificance that obscures the new and wonderful. Moments of the highest import pass among people who are so marginal that conventional history would not have noticed them: aliens, the enslaved, people themselves utterly unaware that their lives would have consequence.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
... The Book of Books - What Literature Owes the Bible - NYTimes.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)