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Readings: Eat books the Judaeo-Christian tradition loves the notion of eating the holy books! Perhaps this is because the sacred banquet plays such a central role in biblical thought. The theme of eating the scroll is found in Ezekiel and replayed in the Apocalypse:

And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach made bitter. (Revelations. 10: 10)

[He goes on:] I believe that these words describe a very real religious experience. We can taste and relish the beautiful literature of the scriptures and may find the words as sweet as honey in our mouths, but when we come to digest them, to live them, to prophesy and to do what they tell us - then, indeed, our stomachs may become exceedingly bitter... (p. 93)

(William Johnson (1981), The Mirror Mind)