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Old Testament

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

Posted by PeteEnns on September 10, 2012 in nature of the Bible Old Testament

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

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“And Always Let Your Context Be Your Guide”: Reading the Bible in Context

Posted by PeteEnns on August 2, 2012 in Genesis for Normal People The Evolution of Adam Old Testament violence of God

Over at Jesus Creed, the inveterate and insightful blogger “RJS” has begun a discussion of the role of historical context for biblical interpretation. RJS begins the post by talking about creation in the Bible vis-a-vis science, and rightly suggests that how one reads the biblical material is affected by how one understands the historical/literary context of Genesis.

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A Recent Book on the Bible You Really Oughta Read

Posted by PeteEnns on June 12, 2012 in book notes and reviews defending the faith nature of the Bible Old Testament

I just read The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (HarperOne, November 2011) by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, both of Vanderbilt University. I think it is a great resource for students of the Bible, I want to recommend it wholeheartedly. Running about 450 pages, this

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