Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama seems to have taken it upon himself to update the greatest achievement in the history of the English language—the King James Bible. He was reaching for John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” A beautiful, immortal, and holy phrase. But not gender-neutral. So here’s how it came out: “Greater love has no other than this, than to lay down your life for your friends.”
The Scrapbook wishes to thank our commander in chief for reminding us that, even at the most solemn moment, it is always more important to be politically correct than it is to be grammatically correct or even biblically correct. But, then again, we are as clay in His hands.
7:32 AM, Mar 30, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
During President Obama's tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals. Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from. This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda.
12:50 PM, Mar 4, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
We'll all be discussing for quite a while the substance, context, and implications of yesterday's speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I thought I might just offer a personal note on what most struck me yesterday, sitting in the gallery of the House of Representatives.
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook has its compassionate side, and confesses to feeling a twinge when it read the recent interview with Hillary Clinton in the New York Times Book Review. The NYTBR, it should be explained, interviews famous people about their reading habits—their recent dialogue with Lynne Cheney was surprisingly cordial—but Hillary Clinton’s interview, while certainly friendly in tone and intent, cannot have done her much good.
7:28 AM, May 5, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent.
9:05 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The website Jewish Ideas Daily has been, for quite some while, a star of the web, featuring interesting original material as well as links to other worthwhile writing embodying a lively, serious, and committed approach to Jewish issues and ideas. Today, Jewish Ideas Daily has re-launched as Mosaic.
Who is Jacob, and what does he mean? Mar 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 26 • By DAVID WOLPE
Jacob dreams of ladders. A romantic reading of his story would see the ladder as a metaphor of ascent. This child who begins as a deceiver ends surrounded by his children, and is brought back home to Israel for burial. A preacher would tie it up (as many have) with a nice didactic bow.
How the King James Version came to be. Dec 5, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 12 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
The King James Bible—the Authorized Version of Holy Scripture, dedicated to James I as “principal mover and author”—is not really a triumph of translation. Not, at least, if perfect accuracy and re-creation of the original narrative voice are the proper goals of translation.
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