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”
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The NIV gender bender
Seems like the gender inclusive language debate is on for young and old again with the announcement that the TNIV is to be discontinued and that a new version NIV is scheduled for 2011. Personally I think this is one conversation where the old maxim of God giving us two ears and one mouth, toContinue reading “The NIV gender bender”
The Song of Songs, that most sensual of Old Testament poems, is not directly quoted by New Testament writers. But some New Testament interpreters suggest it is alluded to on a number of occasions. See what you think. The bridegroom knocks I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: “Open to me,Continue reading “Sensual Scripture”
Bible Word Locator
I meant to blog about this some time ago, but if you haven’t used the bible word locator yet I recommend trying it out. Just type in a word, any word, and you’ll instantly get a visual representation of how frequently it occurs in the bible and where. Some of the results can be veryContinue reading “Bible Word Locator”
Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?
Genesis has been on my mind this weekend, so I thought I would cite a few passages from “Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament,” the infamous book by Peter Enns, which I happen to really enjoy. What I like about Inspiration and Incarnation is that it moves beyond the entrenchedContinue reading “Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?”
Love: It’s a Literal Thing
Fundamentalist often refer to themselves as biblical “literalists”. Yet there is one saying in the Bible that they steadfastly refuse to interpret literally: love your enemies. So I say, the problem with fundamentalists is not that they’re always too literal, it’s that they’re often not literal enough.
King James Bible – Is it Contextual?
Contextualisation can be a funny business. I have never been a fan of the King James Bible. I find the King James translation arcane and, to be honest, hardly worthy of the word “translation”. You can imagine my surprise then (some time ago now) to learn from some Pagans friends that they actually prefer it. In retrospectContinue reading “King James Bible – Is it Contextual?”
What are your favourite Bible verses?
What are your favourite Bible verses? It is hard for me to pin down a single, all time favourite. But here are a number of Bible verses that have inspired me over the years, which I keep coming back to: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you (Luke 6:27) Then I saw a newContinue reading “What are your favourite Bible verses?”
Bible literacy slipping amongst Australians
This is hardly surprising but findings from the last Church Life Survey has confirmed bible literacy slipping amongst Australian Christians. Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald reported: IT MIGHT be the greatest story ever told, but Bible literacy is slipping and not just among atheists. Devout churchgoers, especially Catholics, are losing touch with the scriptures of theirContinue reading “Bible literacy slipping amongst Australians”
Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible
Unicorns are a popular creature of mythology but did you know some people interpret them into the Bible? I recently came across a reference to unicorns which stated: The word “unicorn” is based on the Hebrew word re’em (“horned animal”), in early versions of the Old Testament translated as “monokeros”, meaning “one horn”, which becameContinue reading “Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible”