Limits to war in the Old Testament

“When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace … This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby. However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, doContinue reading “Limits to war in the Old Testament”

American Christian Bible Devotion

What is your response to this image? It kinda reminds me of Loki’s colour change when he first realised he was a Frost Giant in the first Thor movie, but I doubt that was the artist’s intent. Instead I gather it is expressing the experience of restoration through the Bible, but it seems a weeContinue reading “American Christian Bible Devotion”

If you have a problem with the Bible being used as a science textbook, that’s okay

The truth is the Bible was never written as a science textbook. Science textbooks did not emerge as a literary genre until science emerged in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries. The books of the bible were all written by the end of the first century. To treat the Bible as a science textbook is anachronistic.Continue reading “If you have a problem with the Bible being used as a science textbook, that’s okay”

Fart Jokes in the Holy Bible

We were with child, we writhed in labor,     but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth,     and the people of the world have not come to life. Isaiah 26:18 Translation? We thought we had good news but discovered we were talking out of our arse! Reflection Should we be surprisedContinue reading “Fart Jokes in the Holy Bible”

Who was the author of Deuteronomy?

The authorship of Deuteronomy may traditionally be attributed to Moses, but it is self evident that Moses wasn’t responsible for its climax: “And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no oneContinue reading “Who was the author of Deuteronomy?”

King James Bible Exhibition in Sydney

I hear the King James Version is touring Sydney this month and next, the Village Church Annandale up to 31st July and another venue (TBA) between 4th – 28th August. “Twenty-five historical Bibles including a King James Version from 1611, are touring the nation. Sydney will be next to see this amazing Historical Collection, presentedContinue reading “King James Bible Exhibition in Sydney”

Religion poisons everything … except the English language?

This evening I find The Christian Post has been quoting an article from Vanity Fair in which Atheist author Christopher Hitchens “pays tribute” to the King James Bible. Thinking I’d check this “tribute” at the source, I found it half way through a Hitchens ramble on Bible translation history. Hitchens states, “Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it,Continue reading “Religion poisons everything … except the English language?”

5 verses where the Bible calls Jesus “God”

Every now and then someone says to me, “But the Bible never explicitly calls Jesus God!” This is frequently followed by an assertion that Christian teaching on the divinity of Christ was all dreamed up by the Council of Nicaea many centuries after the Bible was written. That “Son of God” language was misunderstood asContinue reading “5 verses where the Bible calls Jesus “God””

Summarise the Bible in five statements

My friend Sally tagged me: Summarise the Bible in five statements, the first one word long, the second two, the third three, the fourth four and the last five words long. Or possibly you could do this in descending order. Tag five people. Here’s my Bible summary: 1. Revelation 2. God acts 3. Jesus changesContinue reading “Summarise the Bible in five statements”