What is the Bible?

  1. I believe the Bible captures the history of man’s civilization in ancient times, with allusions to even earlier times.
  2. I believe way it is written is meant to infuse the sum total understanding man held about existence up to that period.
  3. I believe the text can be read as a monologue in which the storyteller reflects a range of views espoused by key actors of the times.
    1. I believe the text contextualizes those views relative to the times, conveying the general response to, and impact of, key actors.
  4. The reflective way in which the story is told is comparable to those of dreams and visions by characters in the Bible. I believe Bible translation up to this point has captured the story as it was recalled and retold but the (dream/vision) is left uninterpreted in modern use at least. .
    1. Christian tradition today, draws moral lessons from the retold story and this has its place. I believe there is greater moral significance and historical importance in the untranslated meaning of the retold story.
    2. I believe the greater significance yet unearthed is a commentary on the eternal struggle of philosophical perspectives on everyday life and abstract perspectives on the nature of existence.
  5. I believe the Bible chronicles the development of ideas and the consequences given rise to by their pursuit.
  6. I believe the Bible is a documentary-type counterpart to other ancient texts that are more philosophical and consequently give greater insight into the mind of characters and their groups (e.g. leaders like biblical “judges”).
  7. I believe what ancient texts — the bible among them — offer, is a memorial to times not unlike our own, that we can reflect on, to see where today’s iteration of the same ideas will lead, since they are not merely examples of choice and preference but founding principles.

…but this is just my opinion. ~ Ervin Welsh