Very Short Commentaries

Recently, WIRED asked some science fiction, horror, and fantasy writers to follow in Hemmingway’s footsteps and write a short story in only six words. (Hemmingway said that his, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” was his best work.)

This project is crying for a biblical application. So without further ado, here are my six-word commentaries on each of the five books of the Pentateuch:

Genesis
God’s world. Abram’s family. To Egypt!

Exodus
“Let them go!” So he did.

Leviticus
Keep the whole law. Be holy.

Numbers
Forty years! Rebellion. Wars. Manna again?

Deuteronomy
Promised Land! But first, three sermons…

Leave your 6-word commentaries on other biblical books in the comments below. We’ll compile our favorites for a future post.

Darrell Pursiful is the editor of Formations. A version of this post originally appeared on Darrell’s blog.

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