Notes on the Isha Upanishad

In the Isha Upanishad (perhaps meaning hidden or enveloped in the lord or ruler), there is an acknowledgement of the distinction between the 'transient' and the 'eternal.' In the opening line, the eternal is identified as superior to the transient. One who dwells exceedingly on the latter will descend into darkness, but one who acts according … Continue reading Notes on the Isha Upanishad

Saul Weeps, David Dances, And Solomon Judges

How is wisdom understood biblically? In Chapter Two of 1st Kings, the newly crowned King Solomon, son of David, asks the Lord for wisdom. He wants to be able to "discern between good and bad" with foresight and moral knowledge. The Lord responds by giving Solomon a wise and understanding heart unlike any other before … Continue reading Saul Weeps, David Dances, And Solomon Judges

Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”

The collection of hymns, commonly called the "Homeric Hymns" or "Homerica," are a compilation of thirty-three prayers to the gods. They have erroneously been attributed to Homer by the moderns due to the dactylic hexameter formula -the same poetic form of the Homeric epics. Recall the prayer to the god Osiris in the Egyptian Book … Continue reading Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”