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March 2010 Postmark - St. Mark's Episcopal Church

March 2010 Postmark - St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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March 2010 WHOSE BIBLE IS IT? B O O K M A R K S By Jaroslav Pelikan. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2005. 274 pages. $15.00. Jaroslav Pelikan, for many years a professor of history at Yale University, was a writer whose scope extended from technical works to reader-friendly books. His Credo volume would be an example of the former; his Acts (in the Brazos Commentary) an example of the latter. The present book I found to be eminently readable, and full of interesting information at the same time. One reviewer described it as ―an excellent overview‖; another noted that he wrote ―with a fluency and ease that is both accessible and understandable.‖ The author subtitles the book ―A Short History of the Scriptures,‖ and so we find in it an overview of the sacred books (of both the Jewish people and the Christians). And he makes it up with twelve chapters, which will recall to the initiated reader the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles of Christ. The key idea about the Scriptures is that in them it is God who speaks— the Word of God, whether oral or incarnate, meets the reader in a potentially life-changing encounter. We are guided through the Bible in a series of ways by Pelikan. First, we have the Hebrew Bible, followed by a translation of it into the Greek language (what is called the Septuagint, or the Book of the Seventy). Then we have the New Testament written in Greek, done by converts to Jesus as the Messiah. Further, for some Christians, a collection of fourteen or fifteen books (called the Apocrypha, or by some the deuterocanonical books) appear either between the two major sections, or at the conclusion of the New Testament. Second, we find a major aspect added by Jewish scholars, the oral tradition (adding to the written Torah, or books of Moses), sometimes referred to as ―the tradition of the elders.‖ This grew into the written works, done by the heirs of the Pharisees, called the Mishnah (about A.D. 200) and the Talmud (about A.D. 500). There is also material contained in the book concerning the interpretation of the Bible—a long and complicated history, but readably described by our author. He shows how the problem(s) of language complicated the endeavor. One is faced with, not only the issues of Hebrew and Greek, but with Jerome‘s translation of the Scriptures into Latin—the Vulgate, and how these issues affected both later translations in many other languages, and the question of which language was preferable. Also how this affected interpretation, for determining what the language was meant to convey posed many dilemmas. And the struggle goes on today as well. Finally, there is the issue of culture tied to language. The cultures represented in biblical times are diverse from our own in many ways. Pelikan entitled this chapter ―The Strange New World Within the Bible.‖ One is confronted with languages, views of the universe, diverse social structures, geography and lifestyle—all blended together, and left to the historian and believers generally to untangle and to understand. But we are not left to ourselves. God has given the Holy Spirit to aid us in understanding the Scriptures. And as Jew and Christian work together in this task, we are challenged by the biblical injunction, ―What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.‖ Rev. Dr. Walter M. Dunnett Page 8

March 2010 BACH TO BRAZIL Mark Brewer, harpist and Jason Deroche, guitarist Sunday, March 21, 4:30pm Mahon Hall A captivating musical experience, led by a duo with a distinctive sound and an eclectic repertoire, Bach to Brazil is delighting Chicago-area audiences. The gifted hands of guitarist Jason Deroche and harpist Mark Brewer create magically transcendent sonorities, embracing a broad range of timbres, textures and emotions. Every concertgoer will find something truly memorable in Bach to Brazil‘s accessible and thoughtful program—a lively mix of solo and duo selections filled with surprise and charm. Deroche and Brewer are fixtures on the Chicago music scene, long regarded for their high standards of musicianship, performances of great beauty and warmth, and virtuosic command of their instruments. Both are restless explorers of musical styles and instrumental combinations. And in Bach to Brazil each has discovered a kindred spirit and exciting new possibilities in the simpatico blend of harp and guitar. More information about these performers can be found at their website: www.brewerderoche.com. Plan now to attend this unique and exciting concert event, which is free and open to the public. Holy Week March 28 Palm Sunday Services 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. March 29 Holy Monday Eucharist Noon March 30 Holy Tuesday Eucharist Noon March 31 Holy Wednesday Eucharist Noon April 1 Maundy Thursday 6:15 p.m. -Agape meal followed by worship @ 7:30 p.m. -Garden of Repose Watch in the Chapel 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 2 Good Friday -Morning Prayer 7 a.m. -Noon service for children Noon -Stations of the Cross 7:30 p.m. April 3 Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m. April 4 Easter Sunday Services 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Egg hunt on the front lawn following both services Page 9

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