Anyone read the Bible?
Read it twice, better then the silmarillion, but in some ways kinda similar.
Prefer the Koran – it hangs together a bit better.
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Happy-clappy or fire & brimstone? The guy who used to do the sermons at Tywyn Baptist when I was a kid was proper old school hell & damnation, very entertaining 🙂Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
i have read bits, what comes from going to a Catholic primary school.
The way i look at it, it is a very important book in so much as it explains a lot about the world we live in. Don’t read it as truth, but rather as a historical novel, a lot is true, if you can filter out the embellishment, and many of the stories are far older than the bible. You have to accept that it reflects the world of its authors. There are questions like why does it contain only 4 gospels, when there are far more, etc.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
Cougar, seriously, there is a lot within the bible that has actually been validated as true, the interpretation is wrong but as for the events described many of them did happen.
You have to remember that some of the contents of the bible predate judaism let alone christianity. Oral tradition, chinese whispers, things get confused. Doesn’t make it wrong though.Posted 4 years agobusydogMember
3 times, cover to cover over the past 25 years. Always pick up something I missed before. Also read the Koran while living in Saudi Arabia in order to get a better sense of the culture.Posted 4 years ago
Getting through some of the old testament is a struggle, particularly the detailed parts on lineage of the tribes and the agonizing detail about measurements for building things like the temple. It certainly gives another source context to the timestheboycopelandMember
Yep and still do – but not done the cover to cover option as yet…mostly focus on New Testament but have a decent grasp of Old Testament mega themes.
Essential to understand what was going on in the culture at the time the text was written and then ask how that might apply in today’s culture – if indeed it does. Basically, what was the writer trying to communicate to the readers ‘of that time’ based on what was going on for them. Having a solid grasp of Judaism law and historical empires is also handy (or knowing someone who does).
It is essentially all about Jesus though…i.e. the need for him (Old Testament)…and the result of him (New Testament) and so that might put a few folk on here off 😉Posted 4 years agobeejSubscriber
Read Revalations thanks to Iron Maiden.
Don’t keep calling it the Book of RevelationsPosted 4 years ago
There’s no “s”, it’s the Book of Revelation
As revealed to St John the Divine
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