Take It With A Grain Of Salt

The Salis Bible. HT Hemant Mehta. And Allan Bevere shared a cartoon illustrating the limits of literalism – and that one possible interpretation is not necessarily the right one:

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  • TomS

    A curiosity that I’ve occasionally come across is the expression “take the Fall of literally”. I trust that no one believes that the Bible teaches that there was a literal fall (that is, a rapid movement in space). BTW, when did the “fall” metaphor come into use?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I’m not sure when the term first began to be used. Given the differences between Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theology on this point, I’d guess that its current meaning must be more recent than the Great Schism. But I’m not really sure, and would appreciate further input from any readers who focus on the history of theology or the history of interpretation of Genesis.