The Scribe

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This page explains the DOR Scribe.

I’m the guy writing about the “mystical side of Bible-reading.”

For some posts of general interest – and to see what the blog is about – see The True Test of Faith or WHY we’re getting “less Christian.”  For posts about Feast Days – I write a lot about those – see John the Baptist, Peter and Paul – 2016.  But mostly I try to write about  the ways you might want to study the Bible.  (Unless you’re one of the “take it literally or go-to-hell” types.)

And a BTW:  In my former life I graduated from law school.  I then worked as a public defender for 24 years.  (And sometimes I slip up and “write like a lawyer.”)  But the Apostle Paul did the same thing.  His fellow Apostle – Peter – had this to say about Paul and his writing:

 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.  He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters.  His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

(See 2d Peter 3:15-16 NIV, emphasis added.)  Note especially the part about God “wanting people to be saved.”  That’s a departure from some of those noisy Christians who imply they’re in an exclusive club of a “select few.”   (See e.g., Why the bumper sticker, “I’m not perfect, just forgiven” could be a ticket to Hell.”)  The point being:  I’m not alone in thinking some of those trite bumper stickers are really stupid,  if not counterproductive.

If you feel the same way, you just might like this Blog.

 But we digress. . .

 A real scribe is “a person who writes books or documents by hand. . .   The profession, previously found in all literate cultures in some form, lost most of its importance and status with the advent of printing.  The work could involve copying books [but later] the profession developed into public servants, journalists, accountants, typists, and lawyers.”   (See the article Scribe – Wikipedia, and also another web article, Images of the Medieval Scribe at Work – medievalfragments, which provided the image immediately below.)

Image of Eadwine, the Scribe Cambridge, Trinity College, R. 17. 1 Christ Church Canterbury, c. 1160

My background as a “Scribe” includes a heavy dose of Daily Office Readings.  That’s where the “DOR” part of “dorscribe” comes in.

The Daily Office is a two-year set of Bible readings.  The full cycle will take you through virtually the whole Bible in two years and the psalms and Gospels three to four times.  The Revised Common Lectionary follows a three-year cycle, so if you go to an Episcopal church each Sunday for three years, you’ll have read to you “the whole Bible once in three years, and the psalms and Gospels three to four times.”

Or you could do both.

As for credentials, I am now on my 12th trip – that’s 12 times – through the Bible via the Daily Office readings, and based on the paragraph above I’ve been through the psalms and Gospels anywhere from 36 to 48 times.

I’ve also completed the four-year Education for Ministry course – see EFM – Sewanee: The University of the South – and have been trained as a Mentor for that course.

But as noted elsewhere in this blog, it would be impossible to highlight the Daily Office on a regular basis in a Blog.  So instead I’ll focus on weekly Sunday readings.  (That means my Blog-handle probably should be “RCLscribe,” but that just doesn’t have the same ring …)

And another BTW: About 12 years after I started practicing law, I went back to school and got a Master’s Degree in Journalism.   (See the note-section at the end of On “holier than thou, ” indicating that one of my self-appointed tasks is “challenging the prevailing quacks.”)

Either way, the assigned Bible readings can provide a basis for “waxing poetic” on how the Bible can be a useful tool for living life, and living that life “in all it’s abundance.”  (John 10:10.)  On that note, check Some Bible basics from Vince Lombardi and Charlie Chan, which included a quote from “that great philosopher Charlie Chan, who once said, ‘Mind like parachute.  Work best when open. . .‘”   That’s my philosophy too.

In case you’re interested, here’s an opposing point of view, from the folks who brought you:

 “The word broadminded is spelled s-i-n…”

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The top “Scribe” image is courtesy of:  upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/Escribano.jpg.

As to the “Blog-customary ‘diary’ manner,” the reference is Blogging for Dummies, 4th Edition, Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken NJ (2012), at page 9:  “At its most basic level, a blog is a chronologically ordered ordered series of website updates, written and organized much like a traditional diary, right down to the informal style of writing that characterizes personal communication.”  (Emphasis added.)

Re:  bumper-sticker theology.  See also Dictionary of Christianese, with note:  “I particularly dislike the one ‘Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.’  While true at one level, it overlooks the crucial ingredient in the Christian life being the renewing power of God working in us through the Spirit.”

Re:  The readings for the upcoming Sunday.  They are determined by the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) of the Episcopal Church, a branch of the Anglican Communion, with over 70 million members, one of whom is the Scribe himself.  (See Anglican Communion – Wikipedia.)

The scribe image in the middle is – as noted – courtesy of Images of the Medieval Scribe at Work – medievalfragments, which added:  “The value of scribal images is that they allow us to imagine the scribe at work.  Shown hunched at his desk, quill in hand, they represent the labour that went into the production of a medieval volume.”   (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…)

The lower image was borrowed from the post, On “broadminded,” spelled “s-i-n.”  The image shows the cover of an old Louvin Brothers album. 

And finally, I’ll be referring frequently to Asimov’s Guide to the Bible (Two Volumes in One) The Old and New Testaments, Avenel Books (NY), 1981 Edition, which has served as an invaluable source.

 

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