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April 19, 2012


Bob MacDonald

I have followed Chagall paintings for years, in Nice, In Israel, and in little churches like Tudely in England. The talk on Psalms and Jewish Worship at Oxford 2010 was of Chagall. He wrote of his own work: Colours and lines flow out like tears from my eyes but I am not crying.

The gifts of the artists are of course a high priority in my thinking since two of my children are in the profession as musicians.

I am also impressed by the praise commanded from dragons and all abysses in Psalm 148. Besides the depths of the created order so evident in the earth, I think the dragons, like Lewis's Eustace, are a symbol for the depths of our humanity. You have stimulated a post in me .

Jim Gordon

Hello again Bob - Sue Gillingham's book is a wonderful gift for Psalms scholars and I'm slowly working through it with great enjoyment. You're not helping my struggles with envy telling me about your Chagall tours! On the journey home I was listening to some of John Michael Talbot's Psalm renderings.

Bob MacDonald

I am glad that Sue's book is good. I have not had a chance to study it. Maybe I should get it on inter-library loan. Her lecture at the Oxford conference was jam-packed.

Jim Gordon

Bob, the book is jam packed as well and with extensive bibliography. I think you'll want it when you see it. As to psalm 148 - in case you haven't come across it. Terence Fretheim, God and World in the Old Testament, chapter 8, 249-268 is about Nature's praise of God. Fretheim is one of my favourite OT theologians - his wee book on Jonah published decades ago is a gem. His big book on Jeremiah is profound in its theological exegesis.

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