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Going Through the Bible: An Introduction

Through the Bible

Recently, I wrote a commentary post on the Lord’s Prayer and another on a passage in 1 Thessalonians. Both did well by the standards of this humble blog. They seemed to really resonate with people.

In response to that, I figure if that is what encourages my readers, I’ll do more of it. Today I’m starting a new section on this blog that will go through the Bible. I won’t post every day in this category, but I’ll sprinkle it around here and there.

To some of you, that may not sound too exciting. Maybe the last thing you want is a deep dive into an old, archaic text featuring the dietary restrictions of ancient Jews.

I think it is exciting, though. The Bible is boring only because people are boring in the way they talk about it. Open it up for yourself, and you will find love stories, adventures, skeptics arguing about the problem of evil, heaven, hell, the creation of the universe, pithy proverbs that could fit on a bumper sticker, and the end of time. How is that not exciting?

More than that, every passage in it has some connection to each of us. Verily, verily I say unto you, you will find something in every nook and cranny of Scripture that applies to you personally. I’ll even go so far as to say you don’t have to believe in Jesus to get something out of it. Just ask Jordan Peterson.

Who are You Anyway, Cath.Anon?

On a different point, though, you may be thinking, “Why listen to a random guy on WordPress?”

Well, I have a Bachelors degree in the Bible from a protestant college. This meant I took courses in particular books, like the Psalms, another on systematic theology, and another in how to go about interpreting the Bible. I grew up memorizing countless verses, have read most of the book multiple times and still read it on a daily basis. I had to do a lot of studying beyond that to finally get over to the Catholic side, too. So I’m not a total hack.

More than that, I hope to make this fun, which I think is just as important. I’m a big fan of Frederick Buechner who had a talent for recreating Biblical scenes in creative, literary ways. I love his style in Peculiar Treasures. Can I emulate his genius? Of course not, but I’ll give it my best shot.

I don’t say this to puff myself up to you or to even say that everything I post will be utterly true and perfect. I am a student of the Bible as much as anyone else, and I welcome other perspectives. Just know that I’m not far off in left or right field when I talk about this book.

The next post in this series will be an overview of the grand story of the Bible. I follow Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s advice in Life Together that it is important to see the big picture so one can fit all the smaller pieces in the right place.

Wish me luck! 🙂

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You might also like the video reflections on the faith and this podcast, Wisdom of Pope Francis, delving into the teachings of the pope. I also recently made free a short story I am selling on Amazon.

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