stories work–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Stories work. Stories are powerful. Stories move us deeply, more so than statistics, news reports, or textbooks. We all know that. We only need to think about what holds our attention and makes us long for more—that book, film, or TV series that we wish wouldn’t end quite so soon, that story told of some [Read More...]

the Bible, history, and storytelling–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Stories of the past differ because storytellers are human beings. No storyteller is all knowing about the past, but limited by his or her own time and place, and the fact that no human sees every angle of everything. Stories also differ by what storytellers are consciously trying to “do” in their stories, what their [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (2): John Byron

Today’s “aha” moment, the second installment in the series, is by John Byron (PhD University of Durham), professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary. Among his books are Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry and a recently released commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. ********** When Pete asked [Read More...]

everybody…put the camel bones down and step away before someone gets hurt

Camel bones and the Bible have made the news lately, as in this online article, which is pretty sober and worth reading. The scholarly article that started all this recent hubbub can be found here, which sports the perfectly boring scholarly title “The Introduction of Domestic Camels into the Southern Levant: Evidence from the Aravah [Read More...]

Reading Genesis: Let’s be Adult about this, Shall We.

Over a hundred years ago, German-and-therefore-easily-dismissible-Old-Testament-scholar Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932), the dapper gentleman pictured to the left, wrote the following about Genesis: A child, indeed, unable to distinguish between reality and poetry, loses something when it is told that its dearest stories are “not true.” But the modern theologian should be further developed. The evangelical churches [Read More...]


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