Question by Leon M: Books on the history of Bible interpretation?
I am highly concerned in larning about the history of interpretation of the Bible, but I’m not really bound where to get down. I’m especially interested in learning how people have historically understood the book of Revelation, and how they have understood the thornier parts of the Bible, like those that appear to condone slavery, or that have adventive laws like in Leviticus. I’m inquisitive to cognize, for instance, how antithetic people contended for or against slavery established on the Bible, and what antithetic people thought the strange imagery in Revelation intended for their times. Does anyone know of any acceptable first books that deal with this topic?
Answer by musicimprovedme
Well, to begin, there are lots of different opinions out there about living life, and many people try to put God in their pocket to make their way of life right and someone else’s wrong. It isn’t OK to do this in my opinion. As soon as you point your finger at one sin stating this is improper, you can happen another verse in the Bible that says it is bankable. And then there is always…”Judge not, lest ye be evaluated.” which should set an end to all the justifications about Bible established chaste code in our society but it doesn’t appear to be executing that at all.Having stated that, I think you might be concerned in scanning Phillip Yancey, he is not a hellfire and brimstone kind of bible scholar, a finger pointer, he is very palatable even to me and I find most Christian authors to be very pretentious, and he often seems to compose against the grain of most theologians. He tries to convey Christians into a more experienced relationship with God by assisting understand Christian principles on a dignified scale. For instance, he composed a book named “The Jesus I Never Knew” traveling into what Jesus’ personality must have been like, how he must have been an inquisitive kid with a thwarted mom, a disorderly type, often thwarted with his peers who just didn’t understand him, often excitable, and entirely tangible…he paints a very HUMAN picture of someone with aggravated feelings, a warm sense of humor, and deeply loving connections to his friends. Another book composed by Yancey is called “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” and I haven’t scan it. He also wrote a book called, “Soul Survivors” and I haven’t finished up it. It begins with an introduction about his intense dismay at the church’s take on civilian propers laws and practices, and some of the malign that the church was accountable for proper up to the 1960’s. It also talks about some other figures in history, NON-Christians, who indicated him back to his personal faith when the church could not do so. I think he holds Mahatma Ghandi up, for one, as an example of Christian principles, and he of course, was Hindu. So Yancey writes a lot about delving deeper to find a God that a steady person can tie in to, in hopes of having an ablaze relationship with God.Another book you might be interested in is called “The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love.” by John Shelby Spong. This particularly sounds like what you might desire to read. I squeal, these titles have been on my shelf and not read by me personally. I got them all at one time on an internet patronizing spree at amazon.com…and then I got Dish Network and my reading has been horribly lax lately.You might also be interested in the history of the Bible as a rolled up book…the canonization of the Bible as we cognize it today. There were tons of pieces of literature written in those times, gospels (stories about Jesus” life stated from one person’s perspective) and other codes. Some made it into the Bible, an entire lot didn’t. Who knows why? And when you get down mouthing about history SINCE the Bible was put together, you get down to see that our Bible based reasoning (and much of American law is Bible based) has the latent to be skewed.A search on questionable literature will lead you to information about this. One book in my library on this topic is called “Lost Christianities” and talks about how the church body has been a series of split up offs since the disciples of Christ himself. Many aboriginal Christian teachings were distorted with other influences of the time, so a lot of folks in those times who called themselves sincere Christians…also believed in things like reincarnation, witchcraft, even aggregate gods, and other things that are not backed up by the contemporary day church. The reason that some of these ideas did not “stick” in the church is callable to complete democratic opinion. The popular ideas were went through on, the fringe ideas were stomped out…and so on, at all times being construed with antithetic motives the whole way, so our attendant day version of the Bible contains who knows what of the existent truth of what God wants us to know. And more importantly what bodies of thought got eradicated??Some of this topic just infuriates me as an unrepresentative Christian. I inquire what the Bible can do for me sometimes, having been most formally put together during a corrupted time in the church’s history, with church and crown so intricately interwoven together, the Crusades, etc. We do know that religions intercontinental often seem to support moral codes that instruct people to be easily regulated, creating a sort of “chicken and egg” situation. “Religion as the opiate of the masses.” We know that slave owners desired their slaves to go Christian because they thought that Christian slaves would be so appearing forward to their eternity in Heaven that it wouldn’t matter how they were done by here, they desired their slaves to be hands-off and exculpatory, which is what how THEY desired to be done by, and shows how skewed their interpretations of Christianity are (because Christianity as a way of life, does not advance weakness, it advances strength)…what they didn’t enumerate on was that Jesus would become their champion and give them faith and hope in spite of their enduring. We also know that Christian principles assisted spur the Civil Rights Movement…rallying whites to believe their behaviors and attitudes towards racism in terms of their faith, when not too abundant ago, their church was practising racism from the pulpit. Does it matter that this only happened when blacks got down to be much a force to be opined with that they necessitated to be placated? Maybe. But it is also largely accepted that racism is evil body of thought in our society, even if we have trouble acknowledging it in practice. So was truth plucked over and served up ala carte by peoples’ leaders? I think so. Having true to citizens of most religions, advanced easygoing running communities…for example, a lot of religions promote marriage and fidelity…saying that we should do this because God says so. Well, it may truly be the RIGHT way to dwell, but it is also a lot easier to run a village of families with a figurehead (a man) taking care of his people, than a bunch of single mothers, bastard children, and sexually unhealthy citizens that become ill and make others ill creating a common health problem for the government to care about. This is just ONE thing that religions usually have something to state about. Diet is another. The Bible seems to be no exception for spurting these codes of conduct and sometimes I wonder if we got our ways out of truth or convenience for our leaders.So there is all that…canonization. Check it out. You will find even more than the Apochrypha from the Roman Catholic Bible. Presumably, there was even a Gospel of Jesus Himself…which is commonsense, since we are pretty bound he was belletristic, etc, having been cultivated in the temple, and probably wrote plenty. But there is nothing in the Bible that Jesus WROTE, only quotes from others of what he said. That strikes me as inexact, for a religion based on the Godship of Jesus Christ, that there isn’t an ad hominem message from him…and yet we name the Bible God’s word. Divine inspiration for average people aside, I can believe, I know the Bible wasn’t composed by God himself on paper that fell from the clouds. But you’d think that in any self-respecting religion about Jesus, there would be something very extraordinary in there that Jesus, a person with access to composing materials, would have written himself.For fiction, there is always the Left Behind books. They are about the end times, and the author is supposedly an expert Bible scholar, particularly about Revelation.I am NOT slamming dance Christianity by the way, this is something that, as a believer, I struggle with and can’t hold off to find out when I meet God face to face. So delight don’t construe this as something disrespectful
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