93-95: through ch 10 – Little Women


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  1. Ann says:

    Wow. I was looking forward to listening to “Little Women,” because I’ve always loved Alcott’s books (including her Gothic tales). I’ve reread this book several times because I have always related to Jo–and this chapter REALLY brings that home to me. Jo’s struggle as a tomboy and her resistance to the traditional female…errrmmm…let’s say “activities” rather than “roles” is what I tend to remember, but every time I read this chapter, it actually hurts. I, too, have a dreadful, violent temper; I, too, still struggle to control it; and I, too, am only able to hide it rather than not feel it at the ripe old age of fifty-mumble years. Also, I have a baby sister who vented her anger at me by destroying the work of my hands–more than once. I can relate to Jo’s anger on a deep, deep level.
    I guess that’s one of the things that makes this a classic–a hundred years later, it was still resonating with one little girl who didn’t fit in.

    Thanks, Heather. You do so much for us.

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  2. Liza's Pages says:

    Just a few notes from a professional Judaica librarian humbly offered with any apologies for errors and pedantry.
    Scholars don’t know exactly when Moses lived. My two favorite theories are that Moses is contemporaneous with 1. Akhnaton (15th c. BCE) or, 2. Ramses II (13th c. BCE). Other theories abound. Take your pick.
    Moses is credited in Jewish tradition with leading the “Hebrews” out of Egypt, where, if one follows the Exodus narrative literally, they became Jews at Mt. Sinai in exactly one year.
    The First Temple was built by Solomon, the 3rd king of Israel. He reigned from ca.971 BCE – ca. 941 BCE. After the First Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE ,the Jews were exiled to Babylon.
    The Hebrew Bible (called the “Old Testament” by Christians) was written in Hebrew except for the books of Daniel and Ezra, which have sections written in Aramaic. Scholars generally believe these two books to have been written quite late, in a period when Aramaic was becoming the lingua franca of the Middle East.
    The Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE., after which the rabbis began to write the Mishnah (oral law)in Hebrew. Judah haNasi compiled the Mishnah ca. 200 CE in Galilee, north of what had been Judea. After the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans ended tragically in 135 CE, the Jews were exiled once again from Judea. Many moved east to Babylon, where the rabbis began to write the commentary on the Mishna in Aramaic for what we call the Babylonian Talmud. However, those rabbis who stayed closer to Judea wrote their own commentary which became The Jerusalem Talmud. Both were “finished” ca. 500CE. However, as Jews never actually finish discussing and commenting on sacred texts, printed copies of the Talmud include medieval commentary! (In print by ca.1500 CE). Much of Talmud, although not the Mishnah it is based on, is written in Aramaic which was was supplanted by Arabic as the lingua franca of the Middle East after the advent of Islam (Mohammed died in 632 CE to give you an idea of the dates.)
    The Gospels are thought to have been written in from the middle to the end of the 1st century CE. I believe (?) that while some may have been written in Aramaic, the oldest versions of the Gospels surved only in Greek.
    Liza (Librarian, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York)

  3. Liza's Pages says:

    Re–Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I actually read this in graduate school at Columbia in 1989 or so. It was assigned in an excellent course on the history of children’s literature. My previous exposure had been through references to Little Women which my mother explained. The professor told us that before the late 19th c. when the advent of wood based paper (pulp paper, actually) made books affordable most people had one book in their house — the Bible. If they had a second, it was Pilgrim’s Progress. That’s assuming, of course, that most Americans were Protestant.
    Another factoid from Liza in NYC & NJ!
    Enjoy Seasocks!