If you'd like to see other articles in this series click here This is a bit longer and more technical than normal. Be forewarned. As you probably already know, the Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew (and a little bit of Aramaic). But you probably need to read them in a translation. And for … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 5: In English (Or at Least Be Careful)
Okay, so this is a bit different than normal, but bear with me. Play along if you’d like. Anyway. Set Up Let’s imagine an alternate history in which we have lost all sixty-six books of the Bible except for ten. Ten. That’s it. All the rest of the books have been somehow or another lost … Continue reading The Ten-Book Bible Challenge
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Magical Bible Teaching Perhaps this is something you’ve experienced before: someone takes a single verse or handful of verses, and then, magically, they seem to pull more meaning out from the verse than you thought was previously possible. It’s like a magician with a … Continue reading How NOT To Read the Bible Part 4: One Verse at a Time
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Hermeneutics, the study of how to interpret the scriptures, is far more of an art than a science. Studying hermeneutics, which is what I have been doing in this series will not necessarily get you the right answers but it will at least get … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 3: The Plain Reading
(if you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Normally when I write, I prefer to use the term “the scriptures” rather than “the Bible.” Both are appropriate, but they emphasize different things. “Bible” comes from the Greek word that means “book.” “The scriptures” just means writings. To be sure, God’s written … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 2: Book or Library?
In this series I will be exploring how to read and understand the bible by first looking at some of the ways that we do it poorly. Bad teaching is usually very subtle rather than obvious, so it’s helpful to identify clearly bad ways of doing things, so that you can better identify it when … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 1: What’s it for?