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Biblical Interpretation

What Are the 'Weightier Matters of the Law'? [Matthew 23:23]

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

We should read the Bible trying to understand how to live according to justice, mercy, and faith. Each passage in the Bible speaks to our lives insofar as it leads us into greater justice, mercy, and faith.

Reading Revelation Realistically

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The minute we claim a reading of apocalyptic literature that is exclusive -- this story is about us, our age, our nationality, our crisis -- we deny the book's relevance to other Christians removed from us in space and time.

The Pope, Non-Christians And The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many people take it as Jesus' definitive statement on Christian exclusivity: Have faith in Jesus, go to heaven. But so many things are wrong with this way of using the Bible.

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.

Did The Gays Cause The Great Flood? It's All About Spin

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I grew up in the South in the Baptist faith, so I am well-versed in the biblical stories, but never once did I hear homosexuality connected to Noah's flood. I was confused by this logical leap by Faith and Freedom's Matt Barber, so I did a little research.

10 Observations About Jehovah's Witnesses And The Book Of Revelation

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Despite wide circulation of their scripture, few nonmembers ever see the Watch Tower Bible and its commentary because of the organization's reclusive nature.

The Four Questions Of Miriam

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

Miriam played an integral role in the story of Exodus, yet she's all but ignored during Passover, the holiday that commemorates the Exodus. It's not surprising.

The Bible And Our Moral Lives

Greg Carey | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Sometimes, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, biblical interpretation flows easily. But reading the Bible in the search for moral guidance is indeed hard work.

The Bible And The Second Amendment

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

For some folks, God is the guarantor of American freedom including in particular, gun ownership.

Jesus And The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

When we Christians are tempted to lob Bible verses at one another like hand grenades, we might do well to consider Jesus' example.

The Ethiopian Eunuch as a Foreshadowing of the Coming Gentile Mission (Acts 8:36-49)

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Such a foreshadowing is not a negation of our heritage or "blackness" but expands our scope in embracing the overall Gentile mission affirming that the grace of God can overcome all human constraints.

Where Do 'Liberal' Bible Scholars Come From?

Greg Carey | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

It should be no surprise that biblical scholars run in all shapes, sizes, colors and denominations. What would surprise many people, though, is this one fact: many of us have our roots in fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity.

The Voices Of God

Esther J. Hamori | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Esther J. Hamori

The more seriously one takes the Bible, the more seriously one should be willing to wrestle with its internal complexities. It is a remarkable collection of countless people's perspectives from a broad range of locations over the course of centuries.

Is That Biblical Dog an Angel?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The charming and occasionally humorous Book of Tobit appears in the Greek Septuagint and has a place in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox canonical traditions. At the heart of the story is a journey.

Judging THE Book By Its Cover

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The paratextual content in modern Bibles goes far beyond basic features, of course, and there appears to be no limit to the marketing creativity of publishers who continuously repackage the Scriptures.

What Is The The Core Of The Gospel?

Greg Carey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

If we emphasize Jesus' death, cut out from the whole tapestry of his life, we reduce his crucifixion to perverse ritual rather than a direct consequence of his confrontation with the powers of his day.

Revelation: Who Likes It, And Who Doesn't

Greg Carey | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Revelation reveals what it means to worship God and Christ. It challenges believers to faithful living in the midst of cultural pressure to compromise.

The Sciences Of Sacred Scriptures

William Grassie | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

How should we read ancient narratives today? How do we understand the stories of religion, be it as outsiders looking in at foreign faiths or as thoughtful believers reconsidering our own tradition?

Anne Bronte's Religious Imagination

Michael Gilmour | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

For readers interested in the intersections of theology, the Bible, and creative writing, Anne Brontë's books offer a wealth of fascinating material,

What's St. Paul's Beef With Oxen? Animal Compassion In Light Of 1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

My question is whether or not there is a way to read 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 that does justice to Paul while minimizing bias against nonhuman species among his readers?

The Bible's Role in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I found myself thinking about an aspect of Dickens easily overshadowed.. I refer to his subtle use of biblical literature.

Iron Maiden Reads The Book Of Revelation

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Eeven with its carnivalesque reversal of values, heavy metal is a conservative art form. The stress on dark elements in biblical apocalyptic language here contributes to a forceful and emotively charged call for peace.

Is The Bible A Reliable Moral Guide

David Lose | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

What, then, are those who read the Bible to do? Shall we just pick and choose the laws and commandments that appeal to us and disregard the others? Curiously, I'm tempted to answer a qualified "yes."

Does Defending The Bible Mean Advocating Violence?

Derek Flood | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

What causes otherwise decent and loving people like this to defend genocide in God's name? I think the problem lies in the basic approach they take to reading the Bible.

Are Animals The Best Spiritual Companion?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Companion animals have a remarkable capacity to disrupt self-centeredness and inspire affection and appreciation for something completely "other."