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By Bret Anthony Johnston, Melissa Pritchard

ISBN-10: 1934137979

ISBN-13: 9781934137970

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In an essay entitled “Spirit and Vision" Melissa Pritchard poses the query: “Why write?" Her resolution reverberates all through A Solemn excitement, proposing an indisputable case for either the facility of language and the nurturing fidelity of the writing lifestyles. even if describing the deeply inside resourceful existence required to jot down fiction, looking for the misplaced legacy of yank literature as embodied via Walt Whitman, being embedded with a tender girl GI in Afghanistan, touring with Ethiopian tribes, or revealing the heartrending tale of her informally followed son William, a former Sudanese baby slave, this is often nonfiction vividly engaged with the area. In those fifteen essays, Pritchard stocks her ardour for writing and storytelling that educates, honors, and inspires.
Melissa Pritchard is the writer of, such a lot lately, the unconventional Palmerino and the fast tale assortment The Odditorium. Her books have obtained the Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg awards and of her brief fiction collections have been long island instances outstanding e-book and Editors' selection decisions. Pritchard has labored as a journalist in Afghanistan, India, and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has seemed in a number of courses, together with O, The Oprah journal, Arrive, Chicago Tribune, and Wilson Quarterly. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast Five Books of Moses: Genesis 41 found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me. 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. [Genesis 25:25–34] “Heel” in verse 26 is a characteristic pun of J’s, playing aqeb against yaaqob. Since aqeb can mean someone who cheats, this idea of a “heel” is little changed after many ages.

1875). Second Isaiah became Arnold’s exemplary educational text (particularly as he reworked it) and was the basis for his Isaiah of Jerusalem (1883), a work that makes me uncomfortable. It is not that Arnold’s passion for the literary power of the KJB overwhelms his judgment, but Second Isaiah is itself as much an anthology of prophecies as are First and Third Isaiah, and Arnold just did not know enough. A century after Arnold, the Canadian critic Northrop Frye reduced the Bible to a great typological code that endowed words with power.

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