- In the first part, I read from one of the great scholars of the Hebrew Bible in our time, James Kugel. I focus on a passage from his How to Read the Bible, and his summary of the variety of meanings that the twenty-third Psalm have inspired since it was first written. He asks how we judge the validity of any interpretation.
- In the second part, I read from Peter Ackroyd’s Tudors, on the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587).
- In the third part, I read three poems from the American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019). They can all be found in her career-spanning selection, Devotions: “White Owl Flies into and Out of the Field,” “Wild Geese,” and “Snow Moon – Black Bear Gives Birth.”
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