Modern Believing

‘Things Indifferent’ or ‘Necessary for Salvation’? Reading Scripture in an Age of Slogans and Tweets

Modern Believing (2020), 61, (4), 326–334.

Abstract

The cultural filters through which scriptural texts have passed in order for many of us to experience scripture as a printed book in English seem impenetrable at times, and it’s easy to conclude that there is simply nothing that can be said with any conviction at all. In this article I will search for a holistic way of reading the Bible that takes into account what the writers of scripture did not and could not know. A suggestion to let scripture read us is then made, not allowing the complexity of its origins to defeat the simplicity of its messages, finding in its pages, truth about love.

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Barton, J. (2019) The History of the Bible: The Book and its Faiths. London: Penguin/Random House. Google Scholar

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Heschel, S. (2000) ‘Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr’ in Y. Chireau and N. Deutsch (eds.), Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism. New York: Oxford University Press. Google Scholar

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Trible, P. (1984) Texts of Terror. Literary-feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press. Google Scholar

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Heschel, S. (2000) ‘Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr’ in Y. Chireau and N. Deutsch (eds.), Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism. New York: Oxford University Press. Google Scholar

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Trible, P. (1984) Texts of Terror. Literary-feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press. Google Scholar

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Winkett, Lucy