In reading excerpts of the King James Bible it is apparent that the idea of covenant sanctions was a very important concept. A covenant is an agreement or promise between two people and sanctions are like consequences (e.g. when a child finishes his supper he gets dessert, when he does not he doesn’t get dessert). … More Lasting Covenants
I was asked to write about whether Boccaccio’s Decameron and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales where closer in outlook to the Greek, and Roman literature that I have read than to the Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature that I have read. My opinion is that the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales are much more similar to … More The Decameron and the Canterbury Tales
The Pardoner’s Tale found in the Canterbury Tales contained a story about three friends who made a vow to kill death. The three men encountered an old man who insisted that he couldn’t die, when the men heard this astonishing fact they immediately wanted to know where they could find death. The friends demanded that … More A Cunning Old Man
“Which do you think was more gripping to read? Boccaccio’s account of the plague or his stories?” That is a hard question for me to answer. Why? It could be that I did not find either of his writings gripping. But I will complete this essay and try to sum up which of Boccaccio’s works … More Boccaccio’s Gripping Stories
“Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God?” In the first novel of Boccaccio’s Decameron Boccaccio had one of the characters (one of the story tellers) invoke God at the beginning and at the end of the novel. [For clarification purposes invoke means to call for with earnest desire.] With the definition of … More The Illegitimate Story
The Song of Roland and The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi did not give adequate guidance as to how a typical Christian should live. First let’s start with the Song of Roland. It did not give much religious advice or guidance of any kind. This book was more of a heroic war poem, … More Sources of Advice? Not Exactly.
My teacher of the western literature course I am taking asked me write about if “The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi provided the common man with confidence about his own life beyond the grave.” According to my teacher “there was no preaching about how to avoid purgatory for the common man.” So, the … More Expectancy of Life Beyond the Grave
If you had read my pervious essay you have learned that I would believe the stories in The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi had I been reading them in the 1300s. But as I just re-read the assignment topic that I was to write about I realized that I had forgotten what the … More The Way to Eternal Life According to St. Francis
I believe (yes believe) that if I had been listening to or reading the stories of The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi in the 1300s I would have believed them and taken them quite seriously. Although, I am not reading the stories in the 1300s; I am reading them now, in the 21st … More To Believe or Not to Believe
“Do you think the typical listener to a recitation of the poem Song of Roland would have spotted the discrepancies?” Yes, I believe that any sane person listening to the poem Song of Roland as it was being recited would be able to recognize, realize, and understand that not all of the accounts in the … More Will Listeners Recognize the Inconsistencies?