Tag Archives: Jonah

Does the silence frighten you?

And is it an analogue for being alone? In a new book, George Prochnik explores silence, and the New York Times reviews it: The underground chapel at the Trappist New Melleray Abbey south of Dubuque, Iowa, is so quiet that visitors sometimes … Continue reading

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An Agnostic Puts in a Good Word for the Bible

I’m an agnostic, but I still love the Bible.  The Bible, for all of its faults, grapples with the ontological mystery (the mystery of being) in an often brutal and non-reductionist way. Many of its books are not reductionist, and … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh: A literary Pompeii

When we talk about reading the Epic of Gilgamesh today, we are talking about a version of the story discovered in 1872 at Nineveh, the city perhaps best known for its prominence in the Biblical book of Jonah, in the … Continue reading

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