What’s a Bible?

That the term “Bible” means something very clear and specific with clearly-defined characteristics and attributes is a widespread assumption. And it is wrong. It would make more sense to speak of “Bibles” in the plural rather than “the Bible.” Between Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Ethiopic Bibles there are significant differences. And the [Read More...]

Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark?

Michael Kruger wrote a blog post about Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark. His argument is that, in the Scriptural citations towards the beginning of the Gospel (which the author of Mark, or the Greek text he draws upon, actually rewords), texts which in Isaiah and Malachi refer to the preparation of the coming [Read More...]

The God Box

The image is from a post on Pete Enns’ blog, in which he explores a common false antithesis between critical scholarly and high-inerrantist-believing views of the Bible. Thinking about the Bible as the box that conservative Christians try to put God into is a helpful way of highlighting why biblicism is a form of idolatry. [Read more...]

People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing

David Hayward's cartoon above gets at an important issue. I suspect that very few of the Bible's authors actually thought in this way. Most genuinely believed that their dreams, their sense of conviction, indicated that God had appointed them. Some are fairly clear that they are human beings like any others, researching, discerning, and writing [Read More...]

Look for the Surprise

Aric Clark has a very useful post about approaching ancient literature – in particular the Bible. Things we read there may tend to startle, surprise, or shock us, or disappoint us, or seem like nothing out of the ordinary. It is important to look into the context, to really grasp it. What seems disappointingly conservative [Read More...]

Your Opportunity to Write Scripture

For Pastafarian readers (and presumably also the “touched by his noodly appendage but not religious”) this may be of interest. An official call has been issued for the composition of scriptures about Flying Spaghetti Monster, for the second edition of The Loose Canon. Click through to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster blog for [Read More...]

Interpreting Scripture in Light of Scripture

I wrote the following in a comment on Facebook and thought I would share it here as well: The principle of “interpreting Scripture in light of Scripture” is a conservative excuse for picking texts that they like and then insisting that other texts cannot mean what they plainly seem to. In this way the rich [Read More...]