Rethinking grief, detachment, the Book of Job and the engravings of William Blake (!) in a time of pandemic

William Blake, Illustrations of the Book of Job, Plate 21 William Blake has never been exactly my cup of tea. When it comes to English Romantic poets, I'm more of a Byron and Wordsworth guy, and I like cats too much to get much pleasure out of thinking about Blake's tiger "burning bright, / In the … Continue reading Rethinking grief, detachment, the Book of Job and the engravings of William Blake (!) in a time of pandemic

A semi-sympathetic reading of a proto-feminist Jezebel reprinted on the Biblical Archaeology Society’s website

A few days ago I was blogging about the prophet Elijah and his conflicts with King Ahab of Israel. Now comes Janet Howe Gaines, an English professor at the University of New Mexico, with a sympathetic -- well, at least evenhanded -- portrayal of one of the most maligned figures in history, Ahab's queen Jezebel. … Continue reading A semi-sympathetic reading of a proto-feminist Jezebel reprinted on the Biblical Archaeology Society’s website