Why You Should Read The ‘Book of Lamentations’ In 2020

Why You Should Read The ‘Book of Lamentations’ In 2020

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Every year on this day, Jews from all over the world commemorate the destruction of the Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem. They don’t eat or drink for 25 hours, and among other customs, they read aloud the Book of Lamentations. In 586 BCE Lamentations was written by the Jewish prophet, Jeremiah. It is a deeply sad account of the fall of Jerusalem, from the perspective of a man who loved the city more than anyone else. I would argue that although Lamentations is thousands of years old, it is a text that is worth reading in 2020. Here’s why: 1. It …

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

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Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!   1. The Lamppost   Image via Dissolve   There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good …