For those of us who were raised in Sunday School, the Bible comes easy, maybe too easy.  We know all the sixty-six books of the Bible. We can also brag that we know the twelve tribes of Israel and that out of the Joseph tribe, two different tribes split to form one tribe (that would be Ephraim and Manasseh).  Recently, the popular Rachel Held Evans has been making waves about all the problems the Bible actually creates.  Her writings, brilliant as they are, have caused quite a lot of evangelicals to be up in arms.

The fact is, the problems she raises have always been within the text.  Our faith has the tendency to neutralize any difficulty.  Partly, we like to read the Bible as one flat book written by God.  Partly, we don’t even bother to read it carefully.  Mostly, we do not understand that the Bible is not here to solve our problems.  Instead, it is a collection of classical sacred writings of different genres.  I suggest that we’re not factually illiterate (though some of us are). I suggest that we’re interpretively deficient.  This deficiency impacts our faith practices and the interpretation of our culture.

This blog will start a series to discuss what some of the passages in the Bible actually mean and what the implications are.  It is not meant to affirm what we believe to be true, not always anyway. Rather, it is written so that we can engage in meaningful discussions of what it actually all meant.  Hopefully, pew sitters will find the help they need for their own Bible reading, Bible study leaders will find the information to help their group to think deeply and preachers will find creative and accurate sermon ideas.  Stay tuned …

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