The Most Interesting Bible in the World

When I saw the above image on Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook, my first reaction was, “Why is that supposed to be funny?” The NRSV with Apocrypha is the standard in academic study Bibles – the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the Access Bible, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and many others. And so I use [Read More…]

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Just How Racy is the Song of Songs?

Today my class on the Bible focused on Song of Songs. This was my first time including the text as a focus. With so much to cover in a semester, it seemed in the past to be an obvious choice for something to leave by the wayside. But since it is highlighted in the textbook [Read More…]

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How To Misuse The Bible

David Hayward's latest cartoon illustrates one of the many ways…   [Read more…]

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Late Texts, Early Traditions continued: Chronicles, John, and the Mandaeans

Yesterday Jim West shared a linkto an article which ties in directly to the question I have been exploring in a couple of recent posts. The article is “THE “SPRING OF THE YEAR” (2 CHRONICLES 36:10) AND THE CHRONICLER’S SOURCES” by Michael Avioz, published in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. In this particular instance, Chronicles provides information about [Read More…]

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Fundamentalist in Chains

Another thought-provoking cartoon by David Hayward: David expresses astonishment that some Christians think that this image depicts exactly the way things should be. For me, the astonishing thing is that those same Christians think that they can imprison God in Biblical chains, even though the freedom of God is one of the many emphases running [Read More…]

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KJV-Onlyism

Libby Anne has posted an entry on her blog about that movement which claims that the King James Version of the Bible is the best, the only true Word of God. Since she gave me a mention in her post, I thought I should give her a shout out here – and also share a [Read More…]

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Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Nick Norelli shared the image below depicting ancient Hebrew cosmology, i.e. the cosmological assumptions of the authors of the Jewish Scriptures/Christian Old Testament. (It is from the new Logos 5 software which I am looking forward to testing out and blogging about soon.) Nick asks whether those who reconstruct this view of the cosmos based [Read More…]

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Call for Letters in Support of Christopher Rollston

Bob Cargill has posted a call on his blog for letters in support of Christopher Rollston, whose position at Emmanuel Christian Seminary has been placed in jeopardy by a small number of people who objected to an article he wrote. His post includes links to blog posts by those of us who have already spoken [Read More…]

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Lecture on Wisdom Literature in the Bible

The first couple of words seem to have been cut off. I am not sure why it does that on some occasions but not others. All that is missing is my mention that a theme for this week is “Diversity in the Bible” which I then point out connects naturally with the Wisdom literature. [Read more…]

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Thoughts on the “Authority” of the Bible

There are many people who toss around phrases like “the authority of the Bible” without giving sufficient thought to what they are saying – much as we have seen politicians toss around the language of “God's will” with insufficient prior theological reflection. And so here are a few thoughts on the subject of “Biblical authority” [Read More…]

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Who Owns the Bible?

Over on her blog Love, Joy, Feminism, Libby Anne has joined in a conversation between Chris Hallq and myself which never really took off. Perhaps this time it will. Click through to read her thoughts about the diversity among the ways that fundamentalist Christians, liberal Christians, and atheists approach the Bible. And thank you, Libby [Read More…]

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