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  •  I Think they were Foxes (3+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, Oh Mary Oh, krwada

    If the Samson story is the one I'm thinking of, it involved foxes, and PETA would definitely not have approved of it.

    On the subject of editing the stories for children, I'm of two minds.  My gut reaction is opposed to bowdlerizing them.  Several years ago, I was writing a puppet play based on the story of Esther for our church's Vacation Bible School, and out of curiousity  I watched the "Veggie Tales" version to see how they handled the story.  In the "Veggie Tales" version, nobody got killed.  Not even Haman.  Instead they were taken away to the dungeons to be tickled.  This bugged me.  Yes, I know; "Veggie Tales" are meant to be whimsical and toddler-friendly.  Still it bugged me.

    On the other hand, Delivering the stories straight with no context and no commentary isn't very good either.  There are a lot of stories in Scriptures which simply relate the events and leave the reader to make the moral judgements.  An example of this is the story of Lot's Daughters.  I've seen people claim "The Bible says if a woman can't find a husband she must sleep with her father to get a son."  Uh, no.  According to Genesis that's what the Daughters of Lot did, but the text never says that God commanded it, or even condoned it.  The text simply tells the story and assumes that the reader will make the correct interpretation.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:29:17 PM PST

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    •  With little ones (1+ / 0-)
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      you can always say "and what do you think should happen to (name each character)?"

      As for Esther, we still bowdlerize the story even for grownups by pretty much leaving the last chapter undiscussed.

      Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

      by ramara on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:35:47 PM PST

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