Aesop's Fables with Scripture References
Vernon Jones, V. S
. Living Books Press . Mount Pleasant, Mich. ,
PA3855.E5 C37 2007 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a fascinating concept. Many of the fables in the Vernon Jones/Rackham edition are matched with some one or two scriptural phrases. I am not sure whether to rejoice or to cry! I regret that Rackham is represented here only in his black-and-whites. Some fables, like #91 and #92, find no scriptural parallel. Fables #95 through #99 find no scripture at all. The dust-jacket's cover-illustration presents a good example. It shows Rackham's delightful illustration of the quack-frog selling medicinal remedies. In the fable, #205, a smart fox calls out You, a doctor! Why, how can you set up to heal others when you cannot even cure your own lame legs and blotched and wrinkled skin? This edition then presents Mt 7:3: And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Surely, these two texts are dealing with the same issue. But are they not just as surely dealing in quite different contexts? The fable deals at a surface level with those who offer help for a price but show problems themselves. The scriptural challenge has to do with the deeper value-issue of offering criticism and being unable to criticize oneself. It is, on the one hand, good to have the two texts brought together. On the other hand, does not this procedure reduce everything to the same context? Is there any regard for the context or kind of statement made in each? I am not surprised that there is no scripture presented for #270, Venus and the Cat. I will probably use this book and have severe questions about its methodology.