Biblical Archaeology Review 32:6, November/December 2006

Biblical Views: In the Know

By Mary Joan Winn Leith

“I like knowing more about what’s going on than most people,” brags Katharine Hepburn in her role as a political journalist to Spencer Tracy’s sportswriter in the film Woman of the Year. All of us, I expect, can identify with the allure of this sort of knowledge and, more important, the sense of empowerment that comes with being “in the know.” We believe that the more we know, the better our chances of making sense of what is going on in our increasingly chaotic world. Psychologists tell us humans abhor chaos and determinedly resist notions of a random universe. As instinctive “meaning-makers” we prefer to look for an agent or mechanism at work behind the scenes.

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