Tuesday, December 07, 2010
An example of the simplicity and depth of Hebrew narrative
I began a new sermon series last Sunday morning through the book of 1 Samuel. The first message was "The birth of Samuel" from chapter one. I was struck again in reading the passage by the both the simplicity and depth of Hebrew narrative. With the writers of the Old Testament, more is so often said with less.
I was struck, in particular, by one simple yet powerful line in 1 Samuel 1:2: "Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children." `~ydIl'y> !yae hN"x;l.W ~ydIl'y> hN"nIp.li yhiy>w
It reminded me of the story (probably apocryphal) that the author Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a novel using only six words. He is said to have written: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."