By Peter J. Gomes
Why are such a lot of clever and compassionate humans embarrassed to assert they locate knowledge and luxury within the Bible? Why achieve this many seekers flip to New Age religionsinstead of the Bible? and the way as a society did we come to cede biblical interpretation to those that might use the Bible as a device for department and exclusion?In this groundbreaking e-book, Peter Gomes exhibits how one can learn the Bibleand what it says concerning the themes that obstacle us all, together with pleasure agony, evil, and goodness. He additionally explains what the Bible fairly says approximately girls, gays and lesbians, and other people of colour. With compassion, humor, and perception, he offers readers the instruments and realizing they should make the traditional knowledge of the Bible a dynamic a part of their sleek lives.
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Historically, we see the everwidening circle of the Bible’s appeal, and we can perhaps explain that by the cultural developments that moved out and beyond the provincial Mediterranean origins of the Bible into the Greco-Roman world, and then into the West, and then throughout the whole world. That, however, is simply a map maker’s view of the matter. What is more significant to observe, and indeed more profound, is the fact that people and cultures foreign to the people and cultures of the Bible find themselves drawn to the Bible and understand it not as somebody else’s book made available to them as an act of charity, conquest, or missionary endeavor, but as their own book, theirs legitimately and on their own terms.
8 Thus the narrative history of Genesis, the legislative tedium of Leviticus, the books of history—Samuel, Chronicles, and Kings—the lyrical book of Psalms, the salacious, to some, Song of Solomon, the saga of Job, the wisdom of Proverbs, and the salutary story of Esther are all regarded as authoritative and inspired because each in its own way has been proven useful in the people’s attempt to understand themselves and their relationship to God. The Hebrew Bible is not merely a book of history or a book of devotion but a library of writings of proven worth, self-consciously composed, collected, and preserved as the repository of wisdom both human and divine.
But we must remember, in English-speaking Christendom, that the Bible was written not in English nor by a single literary hand but in an ancient form of Hebrew, in which the Jewish scriptures speak, and in a corrupted form of Greek, in which much of the New Testament is found. Moreover, these languages themselves were translated first into Latin, and then back again, and only thereafter into now very archaic forms of English from which our contemporary translations are descended. ” At the time of the Protestant Reformation it was politically incorrect to suggest that the Bible was too complex and difficult for the average untutored believer to interpret at will.