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A smart character requires smart writers

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A smart character requires smart writers and in this movie the producers saved the money for special effects.

Alex Tabarrok, writing about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


Written by breckfield

January 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

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The Holy Bible: Some Books Are Better Than Others

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Reading the Book of Job, one is reminded that some books of The Bible are better written than others. For me, it is a torturous task to slog through the seemingly endless back-and-forth between Job and his comrades. The story of Job could be told more effectively in far fewer chapters. Ninety percent of this book reads like an entry in a Bad Shakespeare contest.

This makes me wonder if there is any readable, non-academic commentary on the writing of The Bible. I assume that there is, but I haven’t gone looking for it yet. What are the best-written books of The Bible, and what makes them so? Can different authors’ styles be identified? How does a particular translation (KJV, NIV, etc.) affect the readability? Do we know of other writings by these authors, that are not included in The Bible?

Has anyone ventured to pick The Five Best Books of The Bible? How about The Five Worst? And why were some of these authors and books chosen to be included in The Bible?

The Bible is not literally The Word of God. It is a collection of writings about God and His relationship with us. And those writings are by mere mortals, some of whom were better writers than others.

Written by breckfield

June 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

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