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…

Mordecai's Anger

Mordecai in the book of Esther is one of the most ambiguous characters in the Old Testament. However, I had never thought much about Mordecai until reading Peter Leithart's survey of the Old Testament, A House for My Name. Leithart pointed out that there was no law prohibiting an Israelite from doing obeisance before a public official, and that Mordecai was not necessarily justified in refusing to bow to Haman. This makes the story more complex and realistic as well as adding to the tension throughout. I briefly discussed this previously.

Douglas Wilson responded to Leithart's position here, bringing up one very interesting objection dealing with the ancestry of Haman.

Now James Jordan has written an excellent article, answering Wilson's objection and defending the position that Mordecai is an ambiguous fellow. I highly recommend it.

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