Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part III)

The Last 15 Years – An Ever-Evolving Faith At UBC I studied in the department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious studies for 13 years––at first as a part time undergrad majoring in Classics (Greek and Latin language studies), but then as a full-time grad student majoring in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism. I completed…

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Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part II)

Three Crucial Years – The Formation of Faith Then came university and my conscious efforts to live “true to my atheistic convictions” that there is no God, no “word of God” and no divinely approved religion. True to my convictions I poured all my time and energy into my studies while socializing with my new…

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Bible Backstory 2: The Bible & Me (Part I)

I thought it might be helpful for you, the reader, to understand something about my personal history with the Bible. I’ve shortened the story considerably, but I have still broken it down into three parts: I, II, & III. Part I: My First 20 Years – Little Exposure, No Faith I had almost no personal…

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Biblical Beginnings 7b: Genesis 2:4b–25, Notes and Quotes

It is quite clear to everyone but the most conservative/fundamentalist biblical scholars, that these verses are a second, and different, story of creation. The differences, as compared with Gen 1:1–2:4a, can only be logically understood as a separate story and not a retelling of the first story but in greater detail. What are the differences?…

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Biblical Beginnings 7a: Genesis 2:4b–25, Translation with Notes

On the day Yahweh[1] Elohim made land and skies there were not yet any shrubs of the field on the land and not yet any plants of the field had sprouted because Yahweh Elohim had not caused rain on the land and there was no human to work the ground. And fresh water came up…

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Biblical Beginnings 6b: Gen. 1:1–2:4a, Notes and Quotes

This purpose of this post (and others to follow) is not to serve as a verse-by-verse commentary on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. There are many really good works written by scholars who are far more qualified than I to address some of the thorniest issues. However, what I will write about has to…

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Early Christian Texts

This website contains a wealth of information and resources as well as links to a podcast (The Bible & Beyond) and blog. As the scholars who contribute state, “Exploring historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, women, salvation, healing, gender, and wholeness raised by extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, and so-called “gnostic” gospels.” There are many hours…

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Wry Thoughts About Religion

Charles W. Hedrick is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Missouri State University. His blog is a delight, the work of an insatiably curious mind. As he states in his blog bio, “I’ve traveled a bit in the world, written widely unread books and articles, and hobnobbed with some near celebrities. But when it gets down to…

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Biblical Beginnings 6a: Gen 1:1–2:4a, Translation

If you’re up for it, and you really want to see Genesis 1–11 with fresh eyes, I’m providing you with that opportunity. I plan to go through these chapters with two posts per section. The first post will, for each section, be my own translation. I will include only notes explaining why I chose to…

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