Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter One: “You’re Very Clever Young Man”
“You’re Very Clever Young Man”
DAVID W. JARDINE
PRELUDE I: AN INVOCATION FROM ST. JEROME
“I said in my alarm, ‘Every man is a liar!’ ” (Psalm 116:11). The Hebrew text varies a little: “I said in my alarm ‘Every man is a lie!’ ” for the meaning of the word, ZECAM, is lie. I shall please the Lord in the land of the living; but I know that, as far as my body is concerned, I am nothing. There is no truth in our substance, there is only shadow and in a certain sense a lie. As I reflect on human life…I do not find truth in this world. “Lie” is used here in the sense of a shadow, as it were, a phantom. (Saint Jerome, 1964, pp. 293–294, emphasis added)
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