Remembering a colleague

Dr. Richard Arnold

Thanks for this, Richard:

READING THE BIBLE: Intention, Text, Interpretation was exactly the text I wanted to bridge the ever-widening gap between the ancient stories and contemporary students. I used the book in a second-year university course which studied the influence of the King James Bible on two 20th-century fiction writers: Howard O’Hagan (Western Canada) and Flannery O’Connor (Southern U.S.). Robert Lane has a unique gift for both interpreting key passages/motifs, and putting them into 21st-century perspective. Virtually every student in the class at some point remarked that this book made it possible to finally understand where much of our modern literature comes from. Lane’s style—a combination of meticulous scholarship and humourous personal anecdote—makes it accessible to all students and does much to correct the woeful ignorance in our society about this critical topic. I highly recommend this text for any university course, including graduate level, which is concerned with the literary, cultural, and mythological aspects of the Bible.

Reviewed by Richard Arnold, Ph.D., Professor of English, Vancouver Island University

More here. And here.

STOP!

or the only
nature that’s saved
will be wild hairy comets
with venomous tails

unen(deer)ing
un(bear)able
ir(river)ent
un(earth)ly

attacking from jungles
of light-years and dust
to teach us too late
how much (love)ly we’ve lost

2003, Richard Arnold

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