Why are there dirty stories in the Bible?

Anyone who's read the Bible to children or come at it with some naivety knows it contains many tricky passages. Cough. Judah and Tamar. Cough. A reader who's spent any time in the text has his or her own list of stories that are risqué, possibly even revolting. Why would the holy authors include these stories in the Bible? Writing one of the very first Christian commentaries on Scripture, Hippolytus of Rome answered the question this way: As the divine writings are not respecters of … [Read more...]

The Bible’s answer to corrupt government and false religion

The book of Daniel is a lot of things, but one is a sustained critique of corrupt government and false religion. Nebuchadnezzar, representing both, swings into view immediately. The Babylonian king has defeated Judah and taken not only its leading citizens into captivity, but also the sacred vessels from the Jerusalem temple. These he deposits in the temple of his god. The young Daniel is one of Hebrews taken captive, as are his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (or by their … [Read more...]


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