Sunday, January 27, 2008

Book Meme

Karen was right: This is fun!

Book Meme Rules

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Just so happens the nearest book to me at the moment is "Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free" by F. F. Bruce. It's an old reprint (Eerdmans) that I finished reading a few weeks ago and am keeping handy so I can dictate notes into the computer. (I love voice-recognition software!) So...
The fifth sentence happens to be in the middle of page 123. (This is an exegetical type work with humongously long sentences.)
But it is in Paul that the presentation of Christ as the image of God is worked out most fully and consistently, with its corollary of the increasing transformation of the people of Christ into that same image by the power of the indwelling Spirit, until nothing remains of the earthly image in those who finally display the image of the heavenly man. Man, according to the Old Testament, was made in God's image and for his glory: in the order of creation he is, as Paul says, 'the image and glory of God'. It is difficult to dissociate Paul's portrayal of the risen Christ as the second man, the last Adam, from his view of Christ as the image of God and the revealer of his glory.
That was three sentences. Too bad I had to stop there; the fourth was really good.
Now, to tag five people! Blanca (this should help you get your book blog going!), Sr. Lorraine (and happy feast day to you), Lisa, RAnn (who has been writing about books anyway), and Veritas (even though it's a bit out of your usual focus; maybe you'd rather do it in my comments?).


Veritas said...

This was fun indeed. Thank you, Sister Anne, for thinking of me.

I have a Penguin edition of the Imitation Of Christ close by the computer, and here are the 3 sentences:

I am in Your hand, guide me according to Your will. I am indeed Your servant, and am ready for anything. I wish to live, not for myself but for You alone; how I wish I could serve You perfectly and worthily!


I'll be posting this coming Friday - I'll then refer back and link to this post and list 5 others.

Nate Watson said...

I love FF Bruce. Recently finished his commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews. I enjoyed it!

Bego said...

The closest book to my laptop is the Catechism. I wish I could claim that was a usual occurence, but it would be a lie. it could have been any number of things, since I'm reading a rather eclectic mess of books at the moment. Anyway, the meme has intrigued me, and the sentence states:

"Jesus accepted his rightful title of Messiah, though with some reserve because it was understood by some of his contemporaries in too human a sense, as essentially political.Jesus accepted Peter's profession of faith, which acknowledged him to be the Messiah, by announcing the imminent Passion of the Son of Man. He unveiled the authentic content of his messianic kingship both in the transcendent identity of the Son of Man "who came down from heaven," and in his redemptive mission as the suffering Servent: "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Context is everything, so now I have to go do some more reading in order to get a better grasp of that statement. Hmmm. And to think I came here for some light reading....

Cheers, Sister!

RAnn said...

Thanks for the chance to play!

Anonymous said...

You lost me on page 123. harv

Lisa said...

I meant to say "thanks for the tag." I reply over the weekend.