Jewish Journal


April 28, 2008

‘First Drafts of the Parables of Jesus’


At the LA Times Festival of Books Saturday, I stopped by the McSweeney‘s booth. I’ve never read the magazine but I did indulge in Dave Eggers in college, and though I may be no hipster, I am arguably a writer. One plus one, minus one, plus one, minus another ... it seemed like I should at least take a look.

In current issue of the quarterly journal, I found this article titled “First Drafts of the Parables of Jesus.” It assumes that the Bible, or at least the Gospels, was not simply a great piece of literature but, in fact, fiction. The red-letter text is same, but the “first drafts” include extraneous details that any good editor would remove. The first from Luke 11 and the second referenced in Matthew 21 and Luke 15. This is clearly satire, not suggestion.

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