Dante and Jeremiah

1 Aug

Several days ago, my daily readings included the fifth chapter of the book of Jeremiah. While reading, I came across this verse:

Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them,
a wolf from the desert will ravage them,
a leopard will lie in wait near their towns
to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
and their backslidings many.

Sound familiar? Those are the same three beasts Dante meets in the forest before he takes a guided tour through Hell, then Purgatory, and finally, Heaven. Needless to say, I minorly geeked out at discovering the correlation. And it makes me wonder… perhaps this verse inspired Dante to write his Divine Comedy? Although it quite possibly could have been the whole chapter. It’s a timely read, for any lost generation.

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