It’s been suggested that copies of Once More, From the Beginning should replace Gideon Bibles in lonely hotel rooms and that every Bible College should have a copy – perhaps not for inspiration, but more for a good healthy laugh, I’m guessing.
Well, I don’t see that happening, but I’m quite comfortable down here with the outcasts. I’m in good company.
When it comes to the line-up for inclusion in the officially sanctioned versions of The Bible, nothing is certain. Just because you get to sit with the cool kids today . . . don’t think you’ll always be popular. They can be moody.
There’s a pretty substantial list of books that have, one time or another, been included – but you won’t find them there today. They’re referred to as the Apocrypha, which means ‘things hidden away’. You’d think this would imply something secret or esoteric, but don’t get your hopes up. There was never anything secret about them. They were just books that used to be considered sacred texts – and now they’re not.
The selection process has been intriguingly arbitrary, to say the least. Add to that the fact that all factions do not agree, and it could keep you busy for way too long, if you try to puzzle it out.
Susanna’s story has been shunned by church fathers in both camps. It seems that protecting the reputations of dirty old men is a universal concern.
And, stranger still, the story of Jonah and the whale – which nobody takes very seriously – still sits at both head tables as a valued guest buffoon.
After due consideration, I chose to include all three at my party . . . it seemed only fair.