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Bible Criticism

The "Eye For An Eye" Fallacy

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Though it sounds more like the name of a cartoon villain, Lex Talionis (the Law of Retribution) is the Latin name for the Jewish concept of an "eye for an eye." Sadly, many false conclusions about Judaism and its morality have emerged from the general misunderstanding of this important principle.

Biblical Scholarship: What's It Good For?

Greg Carey | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Ordinary Christians have been doing without biblical scholarship, or with very little exposure to it, for centuries. And it's plain to see that Christian biblical scholars are no more saintly than anyone else.

The Bible Is A Library, Not A Book

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The Bible is not a book. It is dozens of very different books bound together. The assumption that identifying one part as fiction undermines the factual character of another part is ludicrous.

The Radical Shift In Meaning Of Biblical 'Glory'

Roger Isaacs | Posted 07.22.2011 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

While glory can indeed indicate praise, a close study of its use in the Old Testament reveals an altogether different meaning, one that conveys the original understanding of its form and function.

Getting The Bible Right On Abortion

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

People sometimes derive law about abortion from a biblical law in which someone, in the course of a fight, strikes a pregnant woman, and she goes into labor.

The Bible: As Relevant (And Misunderstood) As Ever

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

More than 20 centuries after the Bible's production, people still bring it to bear on practically every important social and political issue in the Western world.

Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

How harmless is it to post an article about why people should read the bible on a site devoted to religion? I did and it evoked more than 2,000 responses, most of them angry.