A Bible word a day
Attention, word lovers: the popular A.Word.A.Day mailing list is again focusing on religion-inspired terms, this time vocabulary drawn from the Bible. Sure, any of us would be pleased to be called a Solomon, and you'd probably obligingly flex some bicep if admirers labeled you a Samson... but would you know whether or not to take the epithet Ananias as a compliment?
The Bible lends lots of words and expressions to English (and many other languages), so it's always worth it to brush up on your scripture-derived vocabulary. Of course, additions to the lexicon aren't the only impact the Bible makes, though the full range of impacts isn't always appreciated by believers who haven't read "the Good Book" too thorughly. Launching the week's words (link below), the author of the widely-read mailing list relates a personal tale:
After I lost my religion, I read books of other religions. I read the Bible from cover to cover. I was shocked at what was in it. That's when I understood why scientist and writer Isaac Asimov once said, "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."
Well. Amen to that!