Bedtime Stories; Stumped

Today was an especially long day, so this post will be brief!

I read a huge chunk of Judah Goldin’s “The Period of the Talmud (135 B.C.E.-1035 C.E.)”, which is in Louis Finkelstein’s The Jews: Their History.  I like this chapter because of its romantic story-telling.  There are heroes, such as Jochanan Ben-Zakkai, who was humble enough to open the door for his students.  Then there’s a midrash about Moses, whom God prepared for leadership over Israel by making him a shepherd of sheep.  You know what Jesus said: Whoever is faithful in little, will be entrusted with much.

I kind of like this midrash as a bedtime story—something soothing, like the dream that I could be President of the United States.  In my evangelical days, I dreamed of God having a plan for me in which I’d be important and famous.  I still do have that dream, in a sense, for I hope to write books some day.  But I doubt that I’ll be head of a corporation, or a big-time preacher, or a U.S. Senator, though I wouldn’t be overly surprised if, some day, I sit on a city council or a school board.  I’d have to be a lot more knowledgeable than I am now for that to happen!

I also started on Jeffrey Reed’s article, “The Epistle”, which is in The Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period.  Reed says that Cicero talks about the difficulty of picking a topic to write about.  I don’t have a great problem with this when it comes to my blog.  When it comes to writing articles, or talking to people, however, there is more difficulty, on my front.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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