I’m a slightly confused by the biblical allusions made on page 109. When Ginny goes to church with Lucious Wilson, she says that the minister tells the story of Isaac and his son (and that the minister tells Isaac’s stories quite often), and she also mentions the usefulness of the minister talking about the burning bush as a symbol. She says that, much like the way that Alcofibras’s stories remain in her mind once she hears them, the burning bush is a symbol that she can easily visualize, remember, and believe, so she acknowledges that it’s a useful way to teach Christianity.
What confuses me is that Ginny seems to give the impression that Isaac and his son and the burning bush are all in the same story in the Bible, but as far as I can tell, they aren’t. I’m unsure whether Ginny meant to convey that the minister told the story of Isaac and his son, which included the burning bush (if so, I have been unable to find this story and would be curious to hear it), or if the minister simply told the story of Isaac and his son and later mentioned the burning bush. Either way, the juxtaposition of these two somewhat unrelated stories means something.
Here’s the story of Isaac and his son(s) – that’s actually something else that confuses me: Why does the minister tell the story of Isaac and his “son” when Isaac is noteworthy for his relationship with his 2 sons (they’re twins)?
Here is the story of the burning bush:
Both convey useful lessons, but it’s unclear to me exactly why they’re relevant to the story of Ginny and it’s unclear why they are mentioned together. I’m interested in discussing this and hearing anyone else’s ideas.