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King Solomon, Faulkner and Boney M.

When I was a child, Boney M. was very popular in Spain. I must have sung most of their songs hundreds of times. However, if there is a song that I remember morethan theothersis the one that speaksofthe 'riversofBabylon'.The rhythm is very catchyandI must admit that sometimes I hum it without realizing it.
Boney M's songis based on King Solomon's Psalm 137 in which one reads about rivers, Babylon, Zion, singing songs, foreign lands, Jerusalem and the Lord. It is precisely the same biblical psalm the one that links Boney M. and King Solomon with Faulkner (1897-1962). 
If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem (Psalm 137:5) is the title W. Faulkner gave tothe novelhe published in 1939. However, the publishers decided to print it with a different title: The Wild Palms. Be as it may, Faulkner's story is now known to by both names to avoid confusion.

Obviously, these interconnections between King Solomon's psalms, Boney M.'s music and Faulkner's novel reminds me of Roland B…

Harlots, wives and celibacy in Paradise Lost

Book IV compares marital love and the love one can easily buy from women who sell their bodies for a short period of time in exchange of some money. Milton compares both types of love while he critizises the position of Catholicism in the issue of celibacy. His attack is straightforward and directed to "whatever hypocrites austerely talk / Of puritie and place and innocence, / Defaming as impure what God declares / Pure, and commands to som, leaves free to all./ Our Maker bids increase, who bids abstain / But our Destroyer, foe to God and Man?" (744-749). Basically, Milton´s logical idea is based upon the question: who said that priests cannot get married or cannot have sexual relationships? Milton knew well that the Bilble does not say anything about it. Actually, it would not come as a surprise that Milton knew that the Bible talks about the apostle Peter´s "mother-in-law" (Mattew 8:14). There one reads that " When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter…