I am listening to the Bible on tape during my commutes these days and it's interesting to say the least. My first impression is what's up with all of the "-eth"'s at the end of all the verbs. Returneth, cometh, etc.
I suppose there is some valid historical grammatical reason for it but to me it just sounds like the person writing it was drunk and doing some type of dictation or perhaps the person just had a mental lisp.
Anyway, I'm not too far into it but I've realized that for whatever reason I'm embarrassed to have it in my car. On a couple of occasions I've actually hid it underneath the seat when I've picked someone up. Yes, the book has a lot of meaning to different people but after all it's a book, right?
I can't exactly identify why I'm embarrassed by it but I am. Interestingly, I would have NO problem if it were the Holy Quran or the Talmud or the Bhagavad Gita, I'd have no issue.
In fact in my desire to be the most humble person around I probably would be pretty proud of how "open" I am with those books on tape in my car. I would volunteer to drive people to random places just so they could see how spiritually evolved I am.
I would arrange to have the tapes queued up when I start my car and "fumble" around as I sheepishly try to turn the tapes off and say "Oh, sorry, that's the Talmud, I couldn't turn it off quick enough" as I take the tape case from the back seat and put the tapes back in it.
People would see me as a cutting edge guru that they must have in their lives. They might even consider asking me to speak at their synagogue or mosque because I "get it". (By the way, is it me or it CLEAR that I've been recently listening to David Sedaris?)
But how can I claim to "get it" when the book I should understand the best is virtually impossible to understand?
One of the reasons I'm doing it on tape is that I've tried to read it before and as hard as it is for me to listen to someone talking about "a man cometh back to his home and returneth to thy bosom..." etc., etc. it's like 20x as hard for me to read that and actually get it.
In case you've never read it, I'll let you know how it turns out.
From what I've heard, apparently a nice long haired do-gooder doesn't fair so well.