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Biblical Interpretation

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."

Jaweed Kaleem

Bible Readers Prefer Literal Translations Over Common English Ones, New Survey Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion

With several new English-language Bible translations that have been published in recent years -- including ones that use gender-neutral and conversati...

Jehovah's Witnesses and (Academic) Dialogue with Non-Members at the Society of Biblical Literature?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I recently proposed an SBL session examining the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society's use of Scripture.

The More I Follow Jesus, The Less I Like His Teaching

Derek Flood | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Now what makes this even more complicated is the fact that most of the statements about Hell found in the Bible are said by Jesus. The one who is leading me to question Hell, seems to be the very one who teaches it.

Evangelicals And Masculinity

Greg Carey | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

Joe Nelms' inappropriate use of public prayer is symptomatic of a larger disorder among evangelicals -- masculinity compensation disorder. The movement needs aggressive treatment.

What Does The Bible Actually Say About Marriage?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

If neither Jesus nor Paul preferred marriage for their followers, why do some Christians maintain that the Bible enshrines 19th-century Victorian family values?

How Religion Can Help (And Hurt) Our Understanding Of Marriage And Family

Barbara Crafton | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Barbara Crafton

The nuclear family, so often imagined to be the norm in America, is not the only family of the scriptures. It is not even the majority family of the scriptures.

Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Speaking as someone who, well, had the conversion experience 14 years ago that I recounted in my last post, we Christians too often fail in these ten ways.