Trust People More

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Genesis 3 (World Cup Translation)

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On the Biblical Cutting Room Floor

What else can you imagine being found on the cutting room floor of the Bible's editors?   [Read more...]

Eve: The Motion Picture

From Saturday Night Live, via Hemant Mehta. What struck me most was the parental nature of God as depicted in the sketch. Disobedience wasn't something surprising, and Eve is not told “Get out of this house, you disobeyed my rules” or something authoritarian like that, but rather than she was going to need to move [Read More...]

The First Take-Out Rib Joint

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The YEC Tree of Life

Tyler Francke has created another meme image. This one highlights the fact that young-earth creationists say there was no death in God’s original creation, prior to Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Yet there was supposedly a tree of life eating from which would allow humans to live forever. [Read More...]

James Kugel Lecture on Biblical Interpretation

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How Many Adam?

I have often said (in particular with reference to the creation account in Genesis 1) that one can read a text with great frequency and still fail to notice something for a surprisingly long time. We can also fail to notice what the text does not say, and what we are reading into it. Yesterday [Read More...]

Adam: Assumed or Accentuated?

The attempt at anĀ alliterativeĀ title hopefully will not obscure what this post is about, which is an attempt to clarify my thinking about Adam in Paul’s letters. This is a follow-up to my earlier post, in which I explained some of the reasons for concluding that Jesus and Paul were not literalists, which in turn emerged [Read More...]

Jesus and Paul were not Literalists when it comes to Genesis 2-3

It is interesting how some modern readers simply assume that ancient individuals and authors shared their supposed literalism, and their focus on facts and history and science, all of which are thoroughly modern concerns. If we look at what Jesus is depicted as saying about Genesis 2 in the Synoptic Gospels, he points to the [Read More...]

Hasn’t God Said?

Someone shared this status update on Facebook: The devil is using the same trick that he used in the garden by getting people to second guess what God has already told them. Has not God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Has not God said that marriage is between a [Read More...]


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