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The posts on this site—informal notes and reveries—are the results of a pleasant time in my life. A few years ago I purchased a new NRSV Bible to replace (but more usually to supplement) the worn old Bible I’ve used since I purchased it for a college course in 1977. Approaching my 50th birthday, I decided to take notes as I compared the two Bibles.
My notes became a blog called Changing Bibles, and then I “farmed out” the posts at that site to this one, and also to a companion site to this one (called The Love of Bible Study), and to yet another site that focuses upon Psalm 121. So these four sites are interconnected; they’re the results of common midlife resolution to study the Bible anew. My resolution clearly got out of hand, but in a good way.
I was a kid when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in the theater. Recently I watched a documentary on the director Stanley Kubrick. One of the interviewees commented that part of the ongoing fascination with the film is that the sections of 2001 fit oddly together; for instance, we move from the deactivation of HAL to the arrival at Jupiter and the long Star Gate sequence and the cryptic ending. What does it all mean?
It occurs to me that the Bible is a little like that: you have to think about how it all fits together. How do the Gospels relate to the Epistles? How do the different sections of the Old Testament relate to one another, for instance, the laws and the prophets, or the historical books or legal codes with the “wisdom” books? What are the connections between the two testaments (for instance, the prophecies, accounts of God’s saving acts, and passages that become important for the early Christians in interpreting their experiences of the risen Christ)? What are a few major themes that, once traced, tie together different books of the Bible (canonically understood)?
It’s probably easier for many of us just to dip into familiar parts of the Bible and ignore what seems dense and non-understandable. But you can gain many rewards of insight, as well as a renewed faith, if you take the time to “put it all together.” I hope these notes of mine—truly notes, taken so that I could grow in my own faith—will help facilitate your Bible knowledge! Please feel free to us this material as you’d like, as long as you give credit and also check out the articles and books I cited.
About me: see my website at paulstroble.com, which also gives links to my other blogs and sites. As I say above, I’ve adapted these notes from material at my “Changing Bibles“, and they are a companion to my “Love of Bible Study” site.
The header picture is from a page of a 1669 King James Version.