Henry’s Random Thoughts
The Book of Exodus
1927, Published by The Seminary Bookstore, Norwood, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Book of Exodus is arguably the greatest story ever told, with the cruel Pharaoh serving as the inspiration for countless villains, Moses serving as the template for the reluctant hero leading a fickle public, and the Promised Land that is still stoking conflict today. If you want to enjoy the story, watch “The Ten Commandments.” If you want to learn something about every chapter of the Book, read this volume. Like any academic writer, the author has a captive audience, so he doesn’t go out of his way to suck his reader into the work. The style will strike pleasure readers as dry, but the level of knowledge and the clarity of thought are very good.
The Book of Ruth
1930, Published by Scott, Foresman & Company.
Similar in style and format to the work on Exodus, this volume is considerably smaller, reflecting the fact that Ruth, one of only two Old Testament Books named for a woman, is not quite up to the stature of Exodus.
Printed not published.
This is a chronicle of the bishop’s studies at Innsbruck, during a time that turned out to be the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The reader hears about what life was like at the Canisianum at the University of Innsbruck. Emphasis is given to the various trips he took during breaks from school. He often trekked to the neighboring towns, or took an excursion to the Austrian Alps. The only annoying thing about this pamphlet is that sometimes he quotes someone in German without bothering to translate.
Come Along to Bible Lands
Of all the works I’ve found by the author, this one is the easiest one to read. It records a trip the future bishop took in the 1920s down to Egypt and then to the Holy Land. Each topic is discussed in a narrative of a paragraph or a few paragraphs, with each narrative denoted by a header. The background and importance of many historical locations are discussed, and there are also snapshots of life in that area at the time of the trip. It’s quite a glimpse at a part of the world that remains at the center of religious strife right up to this day.
There are also many works which were approved, translated or edited by Bishop Grimmelsman. A list of these may be added here if the information becomes available and time permits. Below is a New Testament for which he gave the “Nihil Obstat.” I’m sure this was quite an honor for him.