Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Pentheus and Paul

Line 794 of the play The Bacchae by Euripides finds the god Dionysus saying to Pentheus, "I would sacrifice to him rather than kick against the goad in your rage, a mortal fighter against a god." (John Davie , trans.)

When Paul is recounting his conversion experience in Acts 26:14 he says, "We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'"

Pure speculation, but is it possible that Jesus, in order to show His divinity to Paul, used an expression from Paul's studies that would bring to mind the idea of a man fighting against God?

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