A book everyone should read at least once
I know, I know, it’s a total fucking cliche, right? And you never expected this from your favorite Witchy author, right?
I’m sorry to disappoint.
Nearly everything in English literature is based off ideas found in the Bible — or based off a rejection of those ideas. Only in more contemporary work are we seeing people really start to move away from that influence. Reading the Bible — or, hell, reading the Cliff’s Notes version, for those of us who are not terribly masochistic — can deepen one’s understanding of favorite poems or stories in English lit.
Not to mention, reading the Bible will prepare you SO well for any English lit class you take. True story. I was there. And I was one of the few people in class who actually knew the Biblical stories being referenced in the stories we were reading — and I’m a Pagan.
So, seriously, if you appreciate literature and you want to deepen that appreciation, or if you’re about to take an English lit class and you’d like to be the smartest asshole in class (as I am), I recommend reading or at least familiarizing yourself with the stories in the Bible. Another good option is the Classical myths, which are severely under-taught in schools, in my opinion. You know what, fucking read both. You can’t go wrong with that. Also Greek myths are full of great stuff like rape and incest and shit; real edge-of-your-seat thrillers. (The Bible is full of that stuff too, by the way.)
Not only that, it’s awesome to have actually read the Bible so when those door-to-door jerkwads* come by to tell you about Jesus Christ you can tell them off, cause I guaran-fucking-tee you you’ll probably have more knowledge about the book than they do at that point.
And if you are of the Christian stripe and you haven’t read the Bible**, you should so you can tell off that dumb Pagan kid who thinks he knows more about your religion than you do.
*I’m not religiously intolerant; I’m “Coming to my door at 8am on a fucking Saturday” intolerant.
Also, yes, I’m aware that the Old Testament is also known as the Torah and it is the book of the Jewish faith, and that the New Testament is really the Christian part. Those two books are usually referred to as “The Bible”, and that whole thing is used as the basis for Christian faith by most Christians, and that’s what I’m getting at here.
(Also, Rabbis don’t come to my door at 8am on a Saturday and ask if I’ve heard of the Shekinah. Though I will admit that would be pretty awesome if they did.)