somethings don’t have to be ‘great’ they could just…be and thats more than enough
I compare you to the stars and the night sky and all things great and try to map your impact on my life by measuring the cradles left by meteors but it was never quite…right
you weren’t anything like that
you weren’t a bonfire, a burst of brilliance, and didn’t pulled all the world’s eyes to you
you were simply…
you were simply just a person and you called my name and that in itself was everything to me
# 11: So, You Think You Know Your Bible
History has told us the Bible was written and rewritten by what we call scribes. But it wasn’t until the Gutenberg Bible before what the scribes first wrote in the Vulgate were put into an order of semblance that made sense to any reader.
But as you read further, you will find out that portions of the Vulgate, or what I consider to be important Biblical history have been omitted.
And no, before you ask, I am not a biblical scholar, but there are certain things I find interesting.
This famous edition of the Vulgate was published in 1455. Like the manuscripts on which it was based, the Gutenberg Bible lacks a specific Apocrypha section. Its Old Testament includes the books that Jerome considered apocryphal and those Clement VIII later moved to the appendix. The Prayer of Manasseh is located after the Books of Chronicles, 3 and 4 Esdras follow 2 Esdras (Nehemiah), and Prayer of Solomon follows Ecclesiasticus.
The Gutenberg Bible pictured above (also known as the 42-line Bible, the Mazarin Bible or the B42), was the first foremost book published with movable type in the West. It assessed the start of the “Gutenberg transformation” and the age of the printed book in the West. broadly applauded for its high aesthetic and creative qualities, the publication has an iconic status. Written in Latin, the Gutenberg Bible is an version of the Vulgate, printed by Johannes Gutenberg, in Mainz, Germany, in the 1450s. Forty-eight exact replicates, or considerable portions of exact replicates, survive, and they are advised to be among the most valuable publications in the world, even though a entire copy has not been sold since 1978. The 36-line Bible, believed to be the second published version of the Bible, is also occasionally mentioned to as a Gutenberg Bible.
Martin Luther translated the Bible into German during the early part of the 16th century, first releasing a complete Bible in 1534. His Bible was the first major edition to have a separate section called Apocrypha. Books and portions of books not found in the Masoretic Text of Judaism were moved out of the body of the Old Testament to this section. Luther placed these books between the Old and New Testaments. For this reason, these works are sometimes known as inter-testament books. The books 1 and 2 Esdras were omitted entirely. Luther was making a polemical point about the canonicity of these books. As an authority for this division, he cited St. Jerome, who in the early 5th century distinguished the Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments, stating that books not found in the Hebrew were not received as canonical. Although his statement was controversial in his day, Jerome was later titled a Doctor of the Church and his authority was also cited in the Anglican statement in 1571 of the Thirty-Nine Articles.
Luther also expressed some doubts about the canonicity of four New Testament books, although he never called them apocrypha: the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Epistles of James and Jude, and the Revelation to John. He did not put them in a separately named section, but he did move them to the end of his New Testament.
In 1592, Pope Clement VIII published his revised edition of the Vulgate, referred to as the Sixto-Clementine Vulgate. He moved three books not found in the canon of the Council of Trent from the Old Testament into an appendix “lest they utterly perish.”
Prayer of Manasseh
3 Esdras (1 Esdras in the King James Bible)
4 Esdras (2 Esdras in the King James Bible
The protocanonical and deuterocanonical books he placed in their traditional positions in the Old Testament.
King James Version
The English-language King James Version (KJV) of 1611 followed the lead of the Luther Bible in using an inter-testament section labelled “Books called Apocrypha”, or just “Apocrypha” at the running page header. The KJV followed the Geneva Bible of 1560 almost exactly, although it eliminated the variations below.
1 Esdras (Vulgate 3 Esdras)
2 Esdras (Vulgate 4 Esdras)
Judith (”Judeth” in Geneva)
Rest of Esther (Vulgate Esther 10:4 – 16:24)
Ecclesiasticus (also known as Sirach)
Baruch and the Epistle of Jeremy (”Jeremiah” in Geneva) (all part of Vulgate Baruch)
Song of the Three Children (Vulgate Daniel 3:24–90)
Story of Susanna (Vulgate Daniel 13)
The Idol Bel and the Dragon (Vulgate Daniel 14)
Prayer of Manasseh (Daniel)
This tells you there are aspects of what happened that are lost to time that for any layperson could question the Bible’s validity beyond that of a religious aspect.
Of course there have been other Bibles since King James and I present just two as there are actually over 400 throughout the world. (If you want a complete list ask me and I will send it to you.)
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is a literal translation from the original texts, well suited to study because of its accurate rendering of the source texts. It follows the style of the King James Version but uses modern English for words that have fallen out of use or changed their meanings. It holds the reputation for being the “most accurate” Bible translation in English. This translation was first published in 1963, with the most recent edition being published in 1995.
Considered to be the most exact translation is The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) is a translation of the Bible published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.
So, the next time you open your Bible to read a passage or scripture you feel is vital for your personal well-being, ask yourself this question … “What am I missing here?”
she looks up at me with
eyes hidden, almost locked,
thick bars of hair
that reaches all the way to
her small nose
Hair discolored like
second in paleness only
to her ghostly face
She doesn’t stare too much
are other things to see
in the room
knowing that I also stared
at her. Into her soul
I’ve spotted an unquenched
The easiest to
recognize is the cry of loss
and that’s what I saw there
the cry of want
She wants to get away
Far, far away. She wants to go
and never stop. Wants
to travel into
and I’d like to
I am stuck here onto
frozen in time
I'm a static
And my cold
void of any vibration
will never reach her
I have to make my peace
with it. Yeah, some
people just don’t read
poetry. And even if
they do, what are the chances
they’d read mine?
Wow, what a fool I can be at times
But, well, at least
I have my dreams
and myself to laugh at
You don’t need much else
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
― Brother David Steindl-Rast
Cadenced Cardiac Composition
Silky Sensuous tones
Cello deep and resonant
Blues down to my bones
Paradoxically punctuated by piccolo
Silvery and sweet
Pulse percussed in tambourine
Heads nod to the beat
Psalms 100:4 - Thanksgiving 2021 (Bible Journal)
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalms 100:4 NLT)."
On this Thanksgiving day, I would like to thank God for everything He has blessed me with, including but not limited to my family (especially my wife and kids), the career I have been called to at this time (teaching) and the career I've been called to work towards (voice acting), the acting opportunities I have been blessed with so far, the people that have helped me in both careers, the friends that have my family and my backs, the hobbies that entertain, help with stress, and inspire, and the opportunities to write, including this platform. Thank You God for all of these things, and for Your rescue plan from sin's punishment with the death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus. Thank you God for anyone that is reading this - please bless them and theirs on this Thanksgiving day and every day after. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Constructive Criticism Welcome
Dear Prose community. I have thouroughly enjoyed being a part of this platform. The amout of creative thought, artistry and support for other writers has been inspiring. My goal this winter is to simply write more. I have been on hiatus and am feeling a bit rusty. Time to transfer some of the thousands of hours reading into some time writing my own tales.
I just wanted to say, well, criticize away. As long as it has purpose and isn't just "this sucks" I would love any input folks are willing to give.
Leaves of orange, burnt red,
ocean green, pale yellow.
Freshly cooked odors wafting throughout,
family gathered in tales of days past.
This is a day to give more than thanks;
a day to carry onto other times.
Turkey sliced, steaming glazed yams,
and a pumpkin pie awaits you.
a day of giving and receiving both.
May all your lives be filled with grace, love, tenderness, and kindness.
We have been through a rough patch, but we made it this far.
My hope is that you all walk away from this holiday, not just with a full
belly, but filled with great things that await each and every one of you.
Huey and Violet (holiday fun)
A loud wet popping sound released from Prince Huey’s mouth as he got up from Violet. She watched, smiling as he giggled wickedly, biting and messily sucking on her boobs. He growled in naughty desire
Then, Huey massaged essential rose oil into Violet. The lovers intimately caressed each other with the oil, listening to their jazz playlist.
“I wanna try something new” Huey whispered, and he instructed Violet to turn around, propped up on some pillows.
Huey kissed Violet’s butt, sucking, nibbling, and licking each cheek. Spreading, he let a trail of his saliva run down, lubricating her for the toy. Then it was off to some naughty holiday fun with a candy cane shaped vibrator.
Violet was over the moon, her prince was doing such a great job. It was definitely not a silent night!
“Ooh!! Huey! Fuuuck. Oh yeah!”
“Yeah? Are you going to cum for me Vi?
And she did. Then, it was multiple rounds, until finally…
Violet was sprawled out on Prince Huey.
They kissed. “My thoughts exactly” Prince Huey agreed. They rested like this for a while. He softly kissed on her shoulder a few more times, and then he pointed to the window. “Oh look baby, it’s snowing!”
“How beautiful” Violet gazed at all the paper like snowflakes falling
“There’s nothing better than watching the magic of the holiday season with someone you love.” said Huey
They watched in silence for a little while
“Some hot chocolate would be perfect right about now” Huey continued
“And rule number 25 in the Junior Woodchucks guidebook says for you to make it, naked.” Huey grinned
Violet giggled as Prince Huey playfully nibbled her ear.
Huey watched Violet make rich hot chocolate, melting a chocolate bar into milk on the stove.
A rich hot chocolate was perfect for Prince Huey and Violet’s rich sex life!
“I love dating you baby” Prince Huey
told his love, while they enjoyed their cups of hot cocoa
“I love dating you too!”
Where does it lead to;
and why do we travel it?
What turns, bends and twists
have we no choice but to encounter?
When does it end,
and if it doesn’t, why do we still follow?
Why do we search for the elusive;
when often what we want is already before us?
Who do we think we are;
to profess to know all there is?
How can we ever correct that mistake;
without being curious where the road leads?