Jealousy or Envy?

“After Satan’s rebellion, Satan was motivated more by his envy of God than his jealousy of God: true or false?”

John Milton wrote Paradise Lost in 1674. This work is made up of two books. It is written in a poetical style, much like Greek epics. In several ways, Milton was copying the Greek epic poems.

Among other things that make this like a Greek epic is that Milton “invokes” the Holy Ghost in the beginning of the poem, like a Greek writer would invoke a Muse.

Also, what makes Milton’s Paradise Lost so unique is that he mixed the Biblical story of Satan’s rebellion and fall with Greek religion, and gods and religious traditions from other cultures to make one epic poem. This makes Milton’s account unlike any other. But the main theme remains the same as the Bible’s: Satan rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven.

Many times envy and jealousy are confused. Continue reading

Shakespeare vs. KJV Bible

Which is easier to read, Shakespeare or the King James Version of the Bible?

I’d say that the Bible is easier to read. Shakespeare is great. I really do like reading his works, but the language is extremely hard to understand. For example,

“…Out of this silence yet I picked a welcome;

 And in the modesty of fearful duty

 I read as much as from a rattling tongue

 Of saucy and audacious eloquence.

 Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity

 In least speak most, to my capacity.”

          A Midsummer Night’s Dream­—Act V, Scene I

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Sanctions In the Bible

“How important is the idea of covenant sanctions in the week’s readings? (Readings from the King James version of the Bible.)”

What are sanctions? The idea of sanctions is that if you do something wrong you will have to pay for it. For example, if you rob someone, now negative sanctions will come upon you. Sanctions can also be positive. If you help or serve someone, you may feel happy. That would be positive sanctions.

A covenant is an agreement between two parties to do something. In terms of the Bible, the covenant was between God and the people of Israel.

Covenantal sanctions are extremely important in the Bible, if not the central part of it. For example, God through Moses gave the people the Ten Commandments to live by. If they disobeyed these guidelines, God would bring negative sanctions upon them. Continue reading

Don Quixote’s Oath

“What made Don Quixote’s oath differ from his deathbed oath?”

“Don Quixote” is a book written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Spain. It is about an older man who, after reading books upon books on chivalry, decides to become a knight and fight for “his lady”, Dulcinea de Toboso (in reality a peasant woman who he doesn’t even know).
As a knight he sees everything from a knight’s point of view: windmills are giants, women at an inn are “ladyships”, monks are thieves and sheep are an army. He also recruits a squire–a farmer from his village named Sancho Panza, who after being promised governorship over an island and being tired of his nagging wife, leaves with Don Quixote de la Mancha. Continue reading

Foxe’s Acts and Monuments: Still Compelling?

“Is the language Foxe used still compelling today?”

Foxe’s Acts and Monuments is an extremely lengthy (500 chapters) work on the history of Christian martyrs. It was written shortly after the death of Queen Mary I of England and was totally critical of the late Catholic queen of England.

According to me, this book is too lengthy and boring for the average person. It is too much book to be spent on the history of martyrs and the constant descriptions and debates can get tiring.

That being said, however, the book’s overall style is not too bad. It is not written in a language that was only for scholars. Instead, it was written for the common person. At this time, the printing press being available, therefore books were now available for the average person, whereas before they were not. However, I can’t believe that so many people were able to get through such a gigantic book, day after day, on the same subject.

Because Foxe did write to the common person, in English, not Latin, I do think that the language is still readable today. What might be repulsive is the fact that you have 500 chapters on the history of Christian martyrs, which is great if you’re specializing in that section of history, but otherwise quite daunting.