Aesop and the Bible
Morrison, Alison J
Morrison, T. P
. A.R. Mowbray and Company . London
BV4315.M67 1963 (Fable Collection, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library)
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This paperback offers fifty homilies, each about two pages in length. Each is built off of a single scripture verse, and each presents a fable. I have read the first seven and found them well done. They do not do violence to the fables. I look forward to using this book when I finally follow Larry Gillick's advice and put together a whole retreat using fables. I notice a different approach here to the story of the old man and his ass on 13. The old peasant here trusts no one and is thus forced to carry all his possessions with him. Thus his little ass is heavily laden. When armed men approach, it is not just that the ass will be exchanging masters and carrying the same level of burdens. In this version, The poor ass had carried so many burdens for so long that life had ceased to hold anything of hope, or joy, or peace for him (14). These sermons are clearly meant for children.