Along with the throne Our Lord God created a writing table as large as the distance that could be covered in a thousand years. This table was made of white pearl, and the edges were of ruby, and the middle of the table was of emerald, and the writing on it was entirely of light. […]
Hope is usually associated with positive values. However, in a brillant analysis, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Marcel Detienne have shown that the Greek word for hope –elpis– is much more ambiguous, meaning both expectation of the good and the bad.