Peter J. Leithart is President of Trinity House, Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct Senior Fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is author, most recently, of Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor).

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Isaiah 61

From Leithart
A student suggests that Isaiah 61 is chiastically organized, and centers on verses 5-6, which promise that strangers will pasture the flocks of Israel and that Israel will consume the treasures of . . . . Continue Reading »


From Leithart
Perhaps it’s the JPS Tanakh translation, but it struck me that the Samson narratives manifest the broad comedy of a Babylonian myth or the legends compiled by Levi-Strauss. He goes about . . . . Continue Reading »

RPW and Leviticus 10

From Leithart
Leviticus 10 is often cited in support of the Reformed “Regulative Principle of Worship.” It does support that principle, but not if the principle is formulated, as it often is, as . . . . Continue Reading »

Ritual and Chaos

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Frank Gorman says that ritual in Bible is means of maintaining order of world against chaos: “ritual must function as a means of ‘manipulating’ the orders of creation. It is the . . . . Continue Reading »


From Leithart
The following thoughts are largely inspired by Rowan Williams previously-mentioned book. 1. Art is about making, not primarily about making a point. It is not fundamentally self-expression, or . . . . Continue Reading »

Turn of civilization

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At the end of his wonderful essay on “Art and Sacrament,” the Welsh poet and painter David Jones included a fragment that he wrote and rewrote over several decades. Here is wisdom: I . . . . Continue Reading »