This winter I had occasion to caress every one of my thousands of books, kiss thousands of them good-bye as I downsized my library, and decide which to save and which to give away. Reflection at such times can turn sentimental, as finding a long-buried book can let loose a flood of memories.
I picked up Der Brief des Paulus an die Philipper Ausgelegt für die Gemeinde, Paul’s letter to the Philippians expounded “for the congregation” by a great Swiss neo- orthodox pastor and theologian, Eduard Thurneysen. I found that I had interspersed tissue-thin pages of the Greek text for ready reference. Although I keep up a bit on Greek and passably read German, I confess that the book was not on my desktop or nightstand.