We could say more but could never say enough;
Let the final word be: 'He is the all.' ...
Awesome is the Lord and very great,
And marvelous is his power.
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
For he surpasses even that.
- Sirach (Old Testament Apocrypha) 43:27, 29-30
(Image: Introduction to Sirach from the 4th-century AD manuscript Codex Sinaiticus)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.