I finished the Second Book of Esdras. It’s not in most Christian canons for a reason.
The Book of Ezra has always been one of my least favorite. True, the Bible blames women for being raped, commands killing infants and pregnant women, and makes demands of human sacrifice and genocide, but Ezra always struck me as the worst. In his first book, Holy Ezra literally cries and rips his clothes like a three-year-old when he learn that other Jews have married gentile women. Being the decent fellow that he is, Ezra convinces the men to dissolve their inter-racial marriages and send their wives and half-breed children out to the desert.
The Second Book of Esdras is only vaguely related to Ezra but I judged it guilty by association. I was wrong The Second Book of Esdras is like dropping LSD while watching the Golden Girls.
Much of the book is descriptions of visions with Q&A sessions about them. “Can thou maketh an image of the human voice?” An angel asks. Well, yeah, haven’t you seen the beginning of The Outer Limits?
One of the strangest visions comes in Chapter 11 when a giant three-headed eagle appears and a group of his feathers take over the world. Not the eagle–the eagle’s sentient, talking feathers. Bush, Obama, giant eagle feather–they’re all pretty much the same.
There is another book of Esdras that I could read next but a message popped up, saying “Opening this page may damage your computer.”
Okay, fine. I’ll just move ahead to the Book of Tobit, one of my favorite books of the Old Testament.