No matter what viewpoint you have on the collection of books known as “The Holy Bible”, it definitely had, and still has, an indisputable effect on western culture. It is then not at all surprising that in fictitious futuristic settings in some sci-fi novels, despite religion being banned, the Bible is still studied in schools, for example.
Suppose someone decides he or she wants to read the Bible, but has no idea how or where to start? Real Live Preacher has a set of clips that I really recommend, and covers the subject matter quite well, so I will avoid making too many comments of my own in this post. His main target group is people that have never read the Bible before, and are interested in doing so. I do highly recommend it to people that have read or often read the Bible also, though.
There are nine clips, most are just over six minutes, though the last two are between 11 and 15 minutes. Here is his intro clip, titled “So You Want to Read the Bible”:
And here is a full list of links to the posts on Gordon’s site:
- So You Want to Read the Bible
- How To Read The Bible #1
- How To Read The Bible #2 – starts a discussion of translations
- How To Read The Bible #3 – discusses various translations
- How To Read The Bible #4 – talks about the importance of context (also illustrates 2D aliasing, an artifact of sampling, something we digital signal processing people know all about <grin>)
- How To Read The Bible #5 – suggests “study tools” to help understand the Bible (and it’s context), discusses “Study Bibles”
- Reading the Bible – Demons – talks about “reading the Bible with an awareness of ancient worldviews”.
- Reading the Bible #6 – continues discussion of “study tools”, next step up from “Study Bibles”, 14 mins (also illustrates reverb )
- Reading the Bible #7 – intro to the content, and a suggested reading list, 12 mins (also illustrates noise, and some unfortunate glitches in the audio)
I am, as always, keen for comments from all perspectives. I think I should encourage shorter comments (many shorter comments are better than a few long monologues?), especially since I want to try to get a diversity of opinions. (<holds thumbs>) And I really strongly suggest you watch the clips, at least a couple of them, before leaving comments. (There are a large number of gems amongst the comments on his site, if you are interested – of interest mostly to Christians, I think.)
To people geographically near me, I can also provide CDs with all the clips on them. I will try to bring a CD, maybe two, with me to Stellenbosch on Monday.