Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Every two years or so, I will run across a book that completely transforms the way that I view Scripture. The list so far includes Easy Chairs, Hard Words by Doug Wilson, Mere Christianity by Lewis, Images of the Spirit by Meredith Kline, The New Testament and the People of God by N. T. Wright (or Not Wright, as he is affectionately known: a common comment is "Leithart doesn't want your answer; he wants the Wright answer"), and, as I got lucky this year, Fruit of Lips by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.

This book is phenomenal. It is comparable to Kline's Images in size: a mere 134 pages, and is staggering. He also appears to have a few problems, and his erudition can at times be difficult: his syntax is elevated, to say it nicely. But the content! The content is simply beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The book is on the four gospels, and why there are four. I think that there are a few "When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail" problems, but overall, his book is solid gold.

Click on my title to preview it. Then buy it. Then memorize the thing, and your time will not have been wasted.


Bobbi Jo said...

How does he do it?
I spent 4 times longer reading this book than I expected, underlined and took notes on practically every page, and ever since I put it back on the shelf just feel like getting it back down and picking through for some more savories.
O for such energy and eloquence!

J. A. Broussard said...

And brevity. How does he say so much with so few words?

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