Religion: A Shadow's Shadow

Published last week in the U.S. was the final section of Msgr. Ronald Knox's brilliant translation of the Bible—Volume II of the Old Testament (Sheed & Ward; $5). Readers who are familiar with the graceful flights and sudden surprises of Translator Knox's Bible prose will not be disappointed in his mining of the beauties of the Psalms and Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, Job, Jeremiah and Ecclesiastes, whose oft-quoted "Vanity, vanity" passage he renders:

"Words of the Spokesman, King David's son, that reigned once at Jerusalem."

"A shadow's shadow, he tells us. a shadow's shadow; a world of shadows! How is man...

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