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Old 10-24-2005, 10:11 AM   #16
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i would recommend also reading _Gravity's Rainbow_.

that, too, is a higher text.
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:39 PM   #17
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Stephen Harris' "Understanding the Bible" is the textbook we used for one of my classes. Looks at it interpretively and historically, with lots of nice illustrations.

I would also recommend the Oxford Study Bible, it's a nice, clean scholarly translation put together by religious scholars from different backgrounds--Hebrew, Catholic, Protestant, etc., so it avoids doctrinally based interpretation. Very readable Modern English (but not so modern it drags you out) with helpful footnotes.

I lent both to a friend for his class, I'm so afraid I won't get them back.
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:41 PM   #18
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The Message Remix is also a very good version 2 bring yourself back in2 the fold, so 2 speak... very easy modern language.

The Message is a good read.

The one I have has a few quotes on the back cover...

one by Bono.

A street level Bible.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:20 PM   #19
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I'd start with John first, then read the other Gospels. Then continue through the New Testament.
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I'd start with John first, then read the other Gospels. Then continue through the New Testament.
Good suggestion
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Old 10-24-2005, 09:05 PM   #21
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I hate John.
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read through leviticus and deuteronomy. those are my favs.
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I started reading The Message a translation of the Bible by Eugene Peterson. I was made aware of this by Bono himself!
I picked this up at Bono's advice.
Each day, I'm trying to do some kind of 'practice.' This is going to sound scandalous to some on Interference, but currently, the practice involves drawing a Tarot card and choosing a bible verse randomly.
So far, it's gone well.

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Old 10-26-2005, 08:21 AM   #24
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I started reading the Bible some time ago -- more than a year, I suppose
I started from the beginning and I promised myself to read some pages every day before sleeping

I had to give up for some months because I really was too busy and I used to arrive home late and with my eyes tired and not willing to read anymore...

I was quite shocked in the first part of the book, because of the amount of deaths and revenges and cruelty that I found there... But the more I turned the pages, the more I wanted to know.

I was impressed also because I noticed how many references to the Bible there are in the common and everyday world.
And there really are a lot of stories that are very interesting

I am not really a religious girl, but I think knowing the Bible a little can just do good to me
And I admit that the fact that I'm a U2 fan had a role in this decision.
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I picked this up at Bono's advice.
Each day, I'm trying to do some kind of 'practice.' This is going to sound scandalous to some on Interference, but currently, the practice involves drawing a Tarot card and choosing a bible verse randomly.
So far, it's gone well.

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how do you draw Tarot cards?
I'm not able to!!!
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:58 AM   #26
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read through leviticus and deuteronomy. those are my favs.
Well yes they are a bit dry, on the other hand the Golden Rule makes one of its first appearances here.

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear a grudge against your brethren; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself, for I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus/Vayikra' 19:18)



A heathen came to Hillel(c 60 BC-10 AD) and said: "Rabbi, make me your proselyte, but only on the condition that you can teach me the entire Torah while standing on one foot."

Hillel replied: "What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the whole of the Torah: all the rest is commentary. Now--go and study!"
Shabbos 31a (Babylonian Talmud)


I agree with several others here that first choosing a commentary which appeals, then letting that be your guide is probably the best way to go, particularly when you have no predetermined goals of your own in mind. Even if you wind up rejecting most of its interpretations, your own will be all the more systematic and coherent for having been defined against it.
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Party Boy —*Nice job trying to tackle the big book. I set out to do this a couple years ago. I read the entire New Testament, Pslams and Proverbs and then crapped out halfway through Genesis. I need to get back into it.
I do try to read some scriptures daily, along with prayer. I'd encourage you to add prayer time in with your daily readings. Then you'll have more of a two-way conversation going on with God.
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:20 AM   #28
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I would start with the gospels and finish the new testament, then go back and read the old testament.
In order to see a lot of the relevance for today you need to see the old testament through the lens of the Gospel
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Thanks for everyones suggestions! Am going to look into them all and try to form a good starting point. Either way, its good to know there is a lot of other people out there who are at some sort of crossroads/starting point as me. :-)
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read through leviticus and deuteronomy. those are my favs.
Though I have my doubts about the seriousness of your suggestion, Leviticus and Deuteronomy are interesting as you can see many of the core concepts (negligence v. intentional acts, restitution, etc.) that we have in our rule of law today.
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