I’m sure some may have noticed the absolutely perfect Pirate Wench cover illustration over there under my Currently Reading heading. Alas, I am not reading Pirate Wench, undoubtedly a scintillating tale of swashbuckling with a touch of the gamine. The image links to the book I’m actually reading: editor William H. Hallo’s Scripture in Context III: The Bible in the Light of Cuneiform Literature.

I’ve used the Pirate Wench cover because my copy of Scripture in Context III is an old review copy and thus just has a white softback cover, and I couldn’t find an image of the cover online, nor is there a copy locally available for a scan. And, of course, the cover is hysterically funny. Is she a giantess about to grab the head of the man with the strange ribcage? Is it maybe because he’s about as smart as mud, judging by that look on his face and by him wearing his belt over his shoulder and a scarf around his waist? Maybe he’s so dumb because of all the concussions he’s gotten from Giantess Pirate Wench? Why is the little pirate to the left seeming to flee her sash? Is it maybe the color combination that horrifies him, as it does any sane and civilized person? Why does her sword look like a giant toothpick? If this is a “complete and unabridged” edition, does that mean that there was an “incomplete and abridged” edition? And lastly, what self-respecting lady pirate captain would have allowed herself to be called a wench? I think this maybe isn’t the historical novel and accurate period illustration we might have first thought….

So there we are! Instead of an image of a boring white cover stamped with “Review Copy,” you are herewith presented with a larger size version of Pirate Wench! Arrrrrrr!


  1. I’ve got to say, if books on the bible had covers like pirate’s wench they would probably be wider read…well, maybe better selling. A marketing trend St John Chrysostom would certainly frown on.

  2. Yay! Or should I say, (ahem) Arrrrr! You wrote again. Sorry, I was checking off and deleting spam comments and accidentally wiped out your first comment. I’m glad you wrote again.

    I’m sure our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom would have quite a number of things to say about the content of books on the Bible these days, too!

  3. Yes. I came upon such a book. It was a commentary on First Samuel (part of a major commentary series) and it claimed that David and Johnathan were more than just friends.

  4. Yeah, they were brothers-in-law, too, weren’t they? And probably business partners. It’s not always a good idea mixing those roles.

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