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Things You (Might) Mistakenly Believe About The Book of Revelation

Things You (Might) Mistakenly Believe About The Book of Revelation | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
If you grew up in Evangelicalism/Fundamentalism, you probably grew up with a doom-and-gloom view of the future and “end times.” Me? I grew up with the whole deal: raptures, tribulations, the Antichrist, and even warnings that those things we first called “barcodes” might actually be the mark of the beast. End times belief is so [Read More...]
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Genesis and Endangered Species - Theological Miscellany

Genesis and Endangered Species - Theological Miscellany | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, I had a passion for speed. The idea of an SR-71 Blackbird tearing through the sound barrier 3x over was more than enough to fuel my passion to move fast. I was the fastest kid in our elementary school class (in my memory at least), probably until 5th grade, when …
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Oh, Good Grief: Yes, Jesus Was A Real Historical Figure - The Official Blog of Benjamin L. Corey

Oh, Good Grief: Yes, Jesus Was A Real Historical Figure - The Official Blog of Benjamin L. Corey | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
It’s almost Christmas– one of the holiest days of the year for Christians, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who was called the Christ. But did Jesus even exist? Was he a real historical person? It seems around Christmas or Easter there’s always some agnostic or atheist friends who make the claim that Jesus [Read More...]
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Deconstructing the Empty Tomb

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After reading yesterday’s post, a friend emailed me. She understands about the inner experience of the risen Jesus, but said that she was “still not sure how to justify the empty tomb.” While I rep…
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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, by Cynthia Bourgeault - Parabola

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, by Cynthia Bourgeault - Parabola | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world's myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern...
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The makers of Codex Sinaiticus

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Cillian O’Hogan, Research Fellow, University of Waterloo, formerly Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies, British Library Most books from Graeco-Roman antiquity only survive in fragmentary form – scraps ranging in size from a postage stamp to...
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What the New Testament Says about Homosexuality - Westar Institute

What the New Testament Says about Homosexuality - Westar Institute | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
Christian denominations are bitterly divided over the question of homosexuality. It's important to ask what light, if any, the New Testament sheds on this controversial issue.
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Introducing the Synoptic Problem

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What is the Synoptic problem? Why is the Gospel of John unique and why are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke similar, but also different?
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What is Meditation? - Emma Mills

What is Meditation? - Emma Mills | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
William James described meditation as “voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again”. Meditation is usually seen in 3 groups; concentrative, contemplative and mindfulness.
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5 Things You're Reading, When You're Reading The Bible

5 Things You're Reading, When You're Reading The Bible | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
When you read the Bible, you're reading a LOT more than just the Bible.
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Navigating Biblical Skepticism

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Follow @ThePoachedEgg Switch to mobile friendly version Navigating Biblical Skepticism By Alex Aili If the Biblical authors wanted to describe historical events, would they do so with the precision of a modern physicist or police investigator? What if they wanted to leave an impression? Were they just providing information or would they have wanted to illicit a response from their recipients? The first rule of hermeneutics is to understand the original context of the text in question. What was the reason to write it? To whom was it written? What is its genre and how does that influence it
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GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Judith: The Courage of a Woman Gives Courage to a People

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Resurrection — a Process

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The church’s traditional resurrection story just doesn’t make sense any more… If I read it as poetry and metaphor, it is a beautiful story. If I am compelled to read it as history, it leaves me co…
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New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists

New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
An analysis of handwriting on ancient pottery suggests that literacy may have been more widespread than previously known in the Holy Land around 600 B.C.
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Understanding Differences in Bible Translations

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God designed the gospel to be translated into every language. English speakers have created hundreds of Bible translations, versions, and updates. Here’s help for finding blessings in the bewildering variety.
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Gained in Translation

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The evolving Bible.
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Your “Deeply Held Religious Belief” Isn’t Biblical

Your “Deeply Held Religious Belief” Isn’t Biblical | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
The more I hear the words "deeply held religious belief," the more uneasy I feel. I wasn’t sure why until I had read through the umpteenth article on the subject.
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Unearthing the World of Jesus

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Surprising archaeological finds are breaking new ground in our understanding of Jesus’s time—and the revolution he launched 2,000 years ago
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Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Discusses Evil in the Context of the History of Religion

Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Discusses Evil in the Context of the History of Religion | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
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How to Read Paul's Letters Chronologically - Westar Institute

How to Read Paul's Letters Chronologically - Westar Institute | Reading the Bible | Scoop.it
This 30-day plan to read Paul's letters chronologically includes only the texts that were likely written by Paul, the authentic or "undisputed" letters.
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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Authority of Scripture - Bible Study and the Christian Life

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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and how do they function as the earliest manuscript evidence of the authority of scripture?
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