Sandy Huffaker

Century Marks

Sad character: In an address at Yale Divinity School, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright reported that soon after 9/11 she was on a panel with Elie Wiesel, writer and Holocaust survivor. Wiesel asked the panelists to suggest who was the unhappiest character in the Bible. The answers ranged from Job, because of the trials he faced; to Moses, who was denied entry into the Promised Land; to Mary, who witnessed the crucifixion of her son. Wiesel himself thought that God was the most unhappy biblical character because of the pain he must feel in seeing his children fight, abuse and kill each other in his name (quoted in Context, June).


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