Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ancient Lands

Reading Oxford History of Biblical Lands but I have supplemented it with a fine volume (strange to call it thus when it is an ebook) on ancient Sumeria.

Such scholarly texts are a relief from more ephemeral fare. They require concentration and thought.

I am less pleased with the Biblical characters and society and more inclined to see the larger picture. What defines the bible cast is a book of carefully crafted propaganda, beautifully written about folk more legendary than real.