- Published: Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:35
- Written by Luigino Bruni
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Greater than sin/4 - The almighty and defeated God teaches a kind of faith that changes everything
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 11/02/2018
“The most beautiful poems
are written on stones
with bleeding knees
and the mind sharpened by mystery.
The most beautiful poems are written
in front of an empty altar,
surrounded by agents
of divine folly.
So that, criminally insane as you are,
you dictate verses to humanity
the verses of redemption
and biblical prophecies,
and you are Jonah’s brother.”
Alda Merini, ‘Our Triumph’ (‘Il nostro trionfo’); in: The Holy Land (Vuoto d’amore; English translation by Stephanie Jed and Pasquale Verdicchio)
“In those days the Philistines gathered for war against Israel, so Israel went out to engage the Philistines in war” (1 Sam 4:1b). After the great and wonderful night of Samuel’s vocation the scene changes, and the winds of war blow over Israel. A people already known to Israel makes its first appearance - and will accompany and fight her for many centuries: the Philistines. They are an ancient people of the sea that exercised political and cultural dominance over the entire region, linking it to its own name (Palestine, Philistia: the land of the Philistines). The scene changes, perhaps the narrator, too, but some elements of continuity remain. Among them are Eli, his children, and especially the Ark.