I am a Ph.D. student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation, which includes Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. My interests are religion, politics, TV, movies, and reading.
Today is Charles Dickens’ birthday! The only Dickens book that I have ever read is A Christmas Carol (see my write-ups on that here and here). I watched movies for David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist. They were pretty entertaining movies. I think of the manipulative spinster in Great Expectations; the abusive step-father and the slimy Uriah Heap in David Copperfield; the drunk who laid down his life for somebody else in Tale of Two Cities; and the story in Oliver Twist about an orphan who suffers poverty until he learns that he is part of a rich family. Good heroes. Villains who catch one’s attention. Good stories. I should probably read the books sometime, but I have a hard time with Dickens’ thick style. I have been interested when people have told me that Dickens was a Christian, however. And he apparently had strong beliefs, for he is a critic of Sabbatarianism in A Christmas Carol (see my links above).