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For my Old Testament class we do weekly journals. Usually I write well beyond expectations (at least it is to good effect—the instructor digs my stuff). For this one on the books of Job, Ecclesiastes, and Psalms, I thought I would try some haiku form to economize my answers.

A: What is the basic question Job has for God?

Yahweh, oh Yahweh
Wherefore art thou, dear Yahweh?
Bad things happen. Why?

B: What adjective would you use to describe the tone/mood of Ecclesiastes?

Cautiously miserable
Bored of kings and fools…

Book of Qoheleth
Quite logotherapeutic
Frankl would go nuts!

Futile daily lives
Life’s a bitch and then you die
Prozac, anyone?

Jaded Qoheleth
It’s not as bad as you think
Take a chill pill, dude

Depressed wise man says
Partake ephemeral bliss
Sex sleep eat drink dream*

C: Which translation of the 23rd Psalm (of seven variations offered) do I prefer and why?

Of twenty-three psalms,
Thinks me best of RSV
Just tradition!

*A King Crimson song title.

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