I’ll take 1 chapter or 2 at a time
I opened the note directly to Ezra the other day. To some this may come as a surprise, but Ezra-Nehemiah is often considered a complete work, since the two work in tandem. I would add the possible histories of the peoples of the Northern Kingdom, although I’m not really familiar with those histories and that might require an in-state course.
Nonetheless, I can scroll through the stories in my mind, those of at least three groups of people related in some way, if not distant cousins, you might say. Turning to the New Testament, there is a fairly broad consensus that John wrote all of his own works, as well as a community of his disciples headquartered in Samaria proper. Of course, there are contrary opinions coming from the west coast of modern Turkey.
To date, I have not found any opinions on Samaria that I can discuss outside of the graduate course walkthroughs. I’m going to peek into Johannine’s stories and get mesmerized by the lore, sorry. I may never find out what part of Samaria the Johannine community came from.
There seem to be groups of Disciples like Thomas who could very well have at least traveled to the Persian region in the northeast region of Turkey. Of course, there is the great debate over whether or not Paul went to Spain before or after his declaration. Someone in professional sport told me I would really like the east coast of Spain, as would a priest or two of different faiths. I guess we’ll never know how these traveling groups operated, and there seems to be considerable evidence that Mark worked with Christians and God-fearers near Alexandria.
In the same way, one may not like the readings in which I participated, even if I tried to devote the last 20 to 30 minutes a day to them. One reason is that these readings certainly qualify as pre-Reformation, perhaps a little dark, but there are plenty of questions about the likes of Charlemagne and others who also carried a Christian standard. The pendulum keeps pulling back and forth, not because of gravity, but because we make gravitas out of molehills. In a similar vein, Paul writes against myths and old wives’ tales in his pastoral epistles, but it never quite works out too well for God’s people. Perhaps his zeal is evident throughout his life; we are all human.
So what about Dante, and what about the readings here?
Does Dante go up to the planetarium somehow?
Does Béatrice always give the best of herself as a guide?
After all, Virgil led Dante to Paradisio. The only reason I will take a moment to submit this Saturday Evening Post is that I had a new idea.
What if the whole story was similar to the stories of the Disciples that are hard to follow throughout the known world after the Great Commission?
Why are they hard to follow?
Not everyone has dual nationality like Paul, groups of traders and an ability to discuss the situation with the government. officials, perhaps even to the point of declaring, “I will have safe passage to the regions of Tarsis or anywhere in Spain.” Not everyone can even afford citizenship.
What can Dante afford, whatever political undercurrents one might think I am adding, because I am certainly not adding any?
Can he afford to risk what he experienced in Italy for some advanced rites of passage so to speak?
Questions remain unanswered as I move forward, though part of the reading group has already left for Tatooine, possibly not far from the whole peninsula where an ancient Alexandria might be. Of course, there could be other names for towns, just as there are other Christian names. Mythological Hermes to Christian Hermes and Hermas; neither can be the Shepherd of Hermas. Clement may not be overseer of Rome soon after an apostle and evangelist. However, of all the additional writings in existence when Canon was forged, The Shepherd of Hermas had a huge chance of being included. It’s very primitive, but it’s probably only related to a second or third generation writer who took the adopted Christian name Hermas. No one should read it, and someone I respect warned me that it’s too revealing.
It is the same with Dante the pilgrim against Dante the poet.
Is he metamorphosing, as I suggest, some of the Disciples, weaving untraceable metaphors from the stories?
It is already published.
Does he prophesy like The Shepherd of Hermas?
Is Hermas a shepherdess?
At this point in my life, I’ve started the book several times, but realized it was a very deep read, so I really don’t know. I’ll take a chapter or two at a time and then keep putting it back on the shelf to read later.
Regarding the visual and the points above, I really like the presentation because it reminds me of orthodoxy, if I can say so in a cataphic statement. I guess it could be.