Tuesday, January 31, 2006


The Bible Says...

As RSR was buzzing around town yesterday, we tuned into Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" on KCUR 89.3 the public radio station here in the Kansas City area.

Gross interviewed biblical scholar Marc Zvi Brettler, author of How to Read the Bible and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Brettler pointed out in the interview that he never uses the phrase, "The Bible says... "

That's because the modern Bible is the product of translations and interpretations that span centuries. As many readers already know, there are two, quite different versions of Genesis, in the Bible. Reconciling these two versions is an insurmountable difficulty for those who advocate a literal reading.

You can listen to the interview and read a short excerpt from Brettler's book, here.


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