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10-03-2016, 09:15 PM
I had this crazy idea that I might like to read the Bible... again.
Quote:Where's everyone at with their daily bread?

I had this crazy idea that I might like to read the Bible... again. I think this is one of my more dubious plans, up there with reading philosophy, but alas it has a foothold. An itch that needs scratching. I'm guessing I'm several fortnights behind that favourite resolution: this year I'll make it past the begats.

It is said, that the Bible is "a touchstone of literature and Western culture" , if read in its authorized King James version. Hopefully I kept the dusty Ole tome; I was tempted to toss it at one point - it terrified me. Seriously. Steven King... meh. Tame!

I got a few responses from my ole christian buddies; one suggestion that stood out was to read it chronologically (events based). I was also thinking of taking the approach of reading the Gospels side by side; something Dr. Ehrman suggested in one of his videos. Anyone have any other tips on how to read the bible? Is it maybe worth while to take some supplementary that is maybe focused on the scholarly or literary commentary?

I'm not entirely sure of my motivates for reading the thing, at the surface level perhaps Dr Ehrman's friendliness towards believers is inspiring. Perhaps to have a more solid grasp on the literary value of the Bible. Maybe to be able to say I went at least a bit further than the average in giving it a fair shake. And maybe just to face the book that terrified me through most of my life. Part of me wants nothing more than to hi-lite and add some notes around all the nasty bits... A personal fuck u to the idea of such a belief and family heirloom to pass down to my kids; and to their kids. And it if all goes to shit; well plan B was to raise a glass of rum and set it a blaze.

~J
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10-03-2016, 09:21 PM
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I read the Bible as an atheist. It's filled with interesting stories, plus I enjoy the cultural aspects of it. I am also reading the Vedas, I just find those types of windows into various past cultures very interesting.

I would suggest getting the Skeptic's Annotated Bible for your purposes. It's any easy, fun read. It's the Bible will all kinds of interesting and sometimes funny notations by Steve Wells.
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10-03-2016, 10:07 PM
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You wanna read the Bible again? You crazy mixed up kid, you.

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10-03-2016, 10:09 PM
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Thats great if its something you really want to do. But I don't understand why you want to torture yourself. Wink
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11-03-2016, 01:16 AM
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I don't think Bible is worth reading, for me it's far from great literature. I prefer to stick with Edda.

As for reading, if you want to do this why not just read it from cover to cover?

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

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11-03-2016, 04:48 AM
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I studied the babble for years. It just gets worse and worse. It'll do your head in if you have a brain.

Read a good book. The three musketeers is a damned good read.

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11-03-2016, 05:41 AM
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(10-03-2016 09:15 PM)jayc Wrote:  
Quote:Where's everyone at with their daily bread?

I had this crazy idea that I might like to read the Bible... again. I think this is one of my more dubious plans, up there with reading philosophy, but alas it has a foothold. An itch that needs scratching. I'm guessing I'm several fortnights behind that favourite resolution: this year I'll make it past the begats.

It is said, that the Bible is "a touchstone of literature and Western culture" , if read in its authorized King James version. Hopefully I kept the dusty Ole tome; I was tempted to toss it at one point - it terrified me. Seriously. Steven King... meh. Tame!

I got a few responses from my ole christian buddies; one suggestion that stood out was to read it chronologically (events based). I was also thinking of taking the approach of reading the Gospels side by side; something Dr. Ehrman suggested in one of his videos. Anyone have any other tips on how to read the bible? Is it maybe worth while to take some supplementary that is maybe focused on the scholarly or literary commentary?

I'm not entirely sure of my motivates for reading the thing, at the surface level perhaps Dr Ehrman's friendliness towards believers is inspiring. Perhaps to have a more solid grasp on the literary value of the Bible. Maybe to be able to say I went at least a bit further than the average in giving it a fair shake. And maybe just to face the book that terrified me through most of my life. Part of me wants nothing more than to hi-lite and add some notes around all the nasty bits... A personal fuck u to the idea of such a belief and family heirloom to pass down to my kids; and to their kids. And it if all goes to shit; well plan B was to raise a glass of rum and set it a blaze.

~J

I've recommended the babble to several christards because they don't seem to know much about the book they hold so dear and profess to know so much about. I suspect that if they did ever read it, they'd turn away from christardology for good and become atheists. It contains some really sick and offensive passages. Why anyone buys it for a chistening present is beyond me. Who would allow their child to actually read it?Weeping

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11-03-2016, 05:55 AM
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(10-03-2016 09:15 PM)jayc Wrote:  
Quote:Where's everyone at with their daily bread?

I had this crazy idea that I might like to read the Bible... again. I think this is one of my more dubious plans, up there with reading philosophy, but alas it has a foothold. An itch that needs scratching. I'm guessing I'm several fortnights behind that favourite resolution: this year I'll make it past the begats.

It is said, that the Bible is "a touchstone of literature and Western culture" , if read in its authorized King James version. Hopefully I kept the dusty Ole tome; I was tempted to toss it at one point - it terrified me. Seriously. Steven King... meh. Tame!

I got a few responses from my ole christian buddies; one suggestion that stood out was to read it chronologically (events based). I was also thinking of taking the approach of reading the Gospels side by side; something Dr. Ehrman suggested in one of his videos. Anyone have any other tips on how to read the bible? Is it maybe worth while to take some supplementary that is maybe focused on the scholarly or literary commentary?

I'm not entirely sure of my motivates for reading the thing, at the surface level perhaps Dr Ehrman's friendliness towards believers is inspiring. Perhaps to have a more solid grasp on the literary value of the Bible. Maybe to be able to say I went at least a bit further than the average in giving it a fair shake. And maybe just to face the book that terrified me through most of my life. Part of me wants nothing more than to hi-lite and add some notes around all the nasty bits... A personal fuck u to the idea of such a belief and family heirloom to pass down to my kids; and to their kids. And it if all goes to shit; well plan B was to raise a glass of rum and set it a blaze.

~J

I'd say go with plan B, it would save a lot of time.

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11-03-2016, 01:01 PM
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Read it in Hebrew. That way at least you'll learn something.

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11-03-2016, 08:30 PM
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So the rational advise...don't waste your time, let it go Wink. I do like the idea of the Skeptical bible, I see they have a printed version.
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