January 4, 2011.
The least known figures
from the bible might surprise you, because they are in fact animals,
some even play vital roles in certain stories. For example, when the
Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove upon Jesus, or when Jesus
enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
The French author Tugdual Derville has published the book “Animals of the Gospel,” which offers a way to discover the Gospel through animals, as well as discovering animals through the Gospel.
His book reminds us that Jesus knew how to cook fish and often admired shepherds in the care of their flock. It also notes that he was no fan of snakes.
The only animal other animal in the Gospel is the camel. The often quoted phrase “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” is actually a mistranslation. The original text was referring to a rope.
The animals with the worst image problem are the pigs, which are possessed by demons and thrown overboard into the sea. The wolf is also shown in a bad light, presented as the embodiment of evil, and the crows which according to Luke: “do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.”
It's a book full of entertaining scenes and reflections, which helps us see the importance of animals and allows us to read the Gospel with new eyes.