Finally, and most important of all, it is to be remembered that in such a consideration as this, we must read our Old Testament not for content- edifying or theological- not for criticism- historical or textual- but purely for the effect of each passage upon ourselves. How do we feel them, respond esthetically to them? We must read, as it were, with a finger on the pulse of sympathy with beauty which throbs to the emotion which beauty excites, feeling for that leap which tells that the deepest springs of imagination have been touched. Let the student read in this spirit Judges v; Psalms xviii, xc and civ; Job xxviii, xxxviii-xxxix; Ezekiel xxvii-xxviii, xxxvii, 1-14, submitting all questionings as to where, when and why these things were written and taking them for granted as creations of sheer beauty by the eternal human spirit. Let him read them by preference in the King James Version, a very often faulty but always great romantic recasting of a mass of great romantic literature- one of the creative miracles of the English language.
- from page 5, The Hebrew Literary Genius