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By James Blish

After Such Knowledge (the identify taken from a T. S. Eliot quote) is a chain of novels written by means of James Blish, every one facing a facet of the cost of wisdom. the 1st released, A Case of Conscience (a winner of the 1959 Hugo Award in addition to 2004/1953 Retrospective Hugo Award for top Novella), confirmed a Jesuit priest faced with an alien clever race, it sounds as if unfallen, which he finally concludes has to be a Satanic fabrication. the second one, Doctor Mirabilis, is a historic novel in regards to the medieval proto-scientist Roger Bacon. The 3rd, including very brief novels, Black Easter and The Day After Judgment, used to be written utilizing the idea that the ritual magic for summoning demons as defined in grimoires truly labored. In Black Easter, a robust industrialist and fingers service provider arranges to name up demons and set them loose on the earth for an evening, leading to nuclear struggle and the destruction of civilization; The Day After Judgment is dedicated to exploring the army and theological consequences.

Originally released in 1959 through Faber and Faber.

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So Jacob got everything together and, unbeknownst to Jacob, Rachel stole Laban’s family idols, And one day when Laban was visiting distant flocks they left, But when Laban found out they had gone Laban chased Jacob down, And Laban pointed out that he should beat Jacob up for this affront, but Jacob was a big bugger and Laban thought the better of it. But Laban was angry about the family idols and he demanded Jacob return them, And Jacob denied all knowledge and said he was happy to kill anyone found in possession of them, So Laban set to searching all through the camp and in time reached Rachel’s tent, Now Rachel had the idols hidden in her seat, And Rachel was not giving them up, And Rachel would not stand up, That time of the month, Dad.

Genesis 27 And when Isaac was near to death, Esau and his Hittites were excised from the family, For Isaac sent Esau hunting promising his blessing on his return, And when he was out Rebekah clothed Jacob in Esau’s clothes, And Rebekah roughed Jacob’s smooth skin with goat pelt, And Rebekah sent Jacob to Isaac to be blessed. And Jacob did as his mother bade him, Now, Isaac was expecting Esau, And Isaac knew Esau had gone hunting, 50 And Isaac knew Jacob’s voice, But Isaac nonetheless felt the goat pelt and smelt Esau’s clothes and Isaac blessed Jacob.

Genesis 20 And it came to pass that the fortune of Abraham had waned, and Abraham was in need of shekels and of animals, And it occurred to Abraham to play his wife/sister card once more, 41 And Abraham and Sarah travelled to Gerar, and Abimelech king of Gerar took a fancy to Sarah and he took her as his concubine, thinking Sarah was sister to Abraham, But the truth was out and Abimelech of Gerar did find out that Sarah was wife not sister, And Abimelech had heard of Abraham’s exploits against Chedorloamer and Abimelech was afraid, and Abimelech returned Sarah to Abraham with many animals and servants, And Abimelech gave Sarah one thousand shekels and apologised profusely, And Abraham moved on, rich once more.

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