Saturday, July 21, 2012
Punctuation is so important.
I left Sunday School when I was five and refused to go back. As a result, I picked up most of my knowledge of theology from another source: my mother's old cassette of Jesus Christ Superstar. I listened to it until it broke, and Mum fixed it with sticky tape and a pencil. You young people don't have any idea what I'm talking about, do you? We were also lucky enough to have the VHS. Kids, look it up.
In addition to giving me some interesting ideas about theology, Jesus Christ Superstar also confused me a little bit on some aspects of Ancient History.
Um. If the Romans had machine guns, why did they never successfully defeat the Parthian Empire? Were they too busy at Studio 54?
Anyway, the point, and I think I had one, is that punctuation is important, and it relates to Jesus Christ Superstar. And here is how.
These lyrics are from "I Don't Know How to Love Him", sung by Mary Magdalene about Jesus.
He's a man
He's just a man
And I've had so many men before
In very many ways
He's just one more
Do you see it? Do you see the problem?
What Mary is singing is: "He's a man, he's just a man, and I've had so many men before. In very many ways, he's just one more."
She is not singing (as I did for years): "...I've had so many men before in very many ways. He's just one more."
Although, you know, she was a prostitute so the second one is at least technically true.
Punctuation. So important.
Has punctuation ever tripped you up in the past?