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Do any of you have a favorite Bible story or Bible character--or story or character from the Quran, Bhagavad Gita, or some other "holy book?"

GarytheGondolier 6 May 15

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For those of you who believe there was a Paul (Saul) of Tarsus--any idea whether Paul's letters were written first on scrolls and copied to codices, or written first in codices? Just curious.


I also liked the one where Ananias and Sapphira were killed by god for only donating part of the proceeds from the sale of their field, instead of all the proceeds. (And lying about it, too, I guess. Fiends.) Instructive indeed in this day and age.


I like the one where this guy comes from another planet to warn the people of Earth that they have to change their violent ways or this robot will turn the Earth into a burned-out cinder.

"I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason." -- Klaatu


I liked the story of Jesus throwing the moneylenders from the temple, but it's hard to consider it a favorite story. Then there's this:


I'll admit to still enjoying the story of Joseph, possibly the best narrative in the Babble.


I love the story of Judith, not to be confused with Jude. She kills the enemy general and thus wins the battle!


the zen koans are generally reflected in the dhammapadda as well so I like those. especially the 6 blind priests story. very useful analogy. I also like the stories of the brihad aranyaka and the chandogya upanishads. they excel at these diatribes between someone and death.


Personally I liked Gladys the Groovy Mule.


Tom Bombadil was one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite holy books, The Lord Of The Rings.
I wish Tolkien had written more about him. The only other place he seems to appear is in an older poem, The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil. 😋

Yes, a fascinating character. I want to know more too, but sometimes that can destroy the mystery.

On a similar theme... I recall reading the novelisation of Star Wars way back in the '80s. There were just a few pages of prologue that talked about the Sith. It was quite well-written, very mysterious, and it made me want to know more. Sometimes that's a good feeling to have, and sometimes when you do find out more, it ends up being a bit disappointing.

Sometimes that happens with horror too. When they show you too much, it becomes less scary. It's the mystery and anticipation that makes it scary.

Yeah. It's impossible to get into a character without creating personal visualizations and expectations.
I'm a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft but I cringe when I hear about them making movies of the stories. Lol.😋

Edit: At least Star Wars started out with some visuals to center on. Ha, ha.

@RichCC Agreed. Some stories just don't adapt well to the screen.

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