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Author QuotedL.C. Fillion
Title QuotedStudy of the Bible
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/08/19
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1926I
Quotation[Louis Claude] Fillion, a Scripture scholar whom I am appointed to read, encourages young priests to study Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Itala, Arabic, Syriac, Assyrian, Ethiopian, Coptic, Armenian, Persian, Slavonic, Gothic, and the three main Egyptian dialects, namely Saledic (spoken at Thebes), Fayonnic (spoken at the oasis of Fayonen), and Memphitic (spoken at Memphis).... From Fillion (The Study of the Bible [Ireland, 1926]): "One day Cardinal Foulon, Archbishop of Lyons, said to me, "Why is the cat, that charming animal, not mentioned in the Bible?" (Is it so charming after all?)-Fillion's comment! I answered, "Your Eminence, it is mentioned in the Book of Baruch, or to be more exact, in the letter of Jeremias at the end of that book. The prophet shows it walking over the heads and bodies of the Babylonian idols."
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 357
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