Jews and Christians are particularly fortunate in their scriptures. This is not simply because of the magnificent passages that these contain, including some of what is in the lectionary for today. It is because the deeply human character of the writing is so manifest. Furthermore, the authors make no pretense of divine authority for what they write. Some do, no doubt, claim the authority of great figures from the past, such as Moses, David, or Paul for writings that are not factually theirs.