~John 1: 19-51


Where is what is true?

Visions of ladders and lambs and birds,

voices from the desert and the sky.

This is the Kingdom of Metaphor.

You who have no guile—

come and abide awhile.




I have decided to read the Gospel According to John during Advent. It was my favorite gospel until I was in my late 40s, when I decided that it was anti-Semitic (It is–there’s no way around that) esoteric and exclusive, and that it probably has little to do with the actual life of Jesus of Nazareth (very likely true). I’m trying to read it again for the first time in more than twenty years, this time not as theology–it is the most “theological” gospel–but as poetry, written by a 2nd century poet trying to make sense of what Jesus was all about. Let’s see how long I can keep going. . . .

One comment on “ADVENT, 2

  1. Christine Lee Moore says:

    I’ve been waiting to read these till I was ready to take the time to read the same parts of John that your poems refer. This will be my post Advent- pre Lenten bible study. I’ve got an old bible here at camp. Given to John by the South Congregational Church School on June 3rd, 1956. The pages are old and brittle, but from a poetry standpoint, I prefer the older text. So far, I haven’t discerned the anti-Semitic or snobbish aspects, but perhaps that will become clear as I proceed.

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