I feel that portions of the Hebrew Bible should be modified, re-investigated, re-instated and re-interpreted to include all God 's people, of all nationalities and religions in fairness and justice.
Why? Based on the fact, that the Hebrew Bible was interpreted by ancient religious authorities, that held racist values. As a result of these racist values, the historical records of the existence of African American people were eliminated from the Hebrew Bible.
Upon discovering this and other myths (the term myth does not necessarily mean that the contents are false or fictitious, myth is used to describe a story that conveys a truth transcending time and the empirical world). Yet, suspicion antennas rose, and are growing higher and higher. I am more inclined to believe that most of the Hebrew Bible has been
tampered with in pursuit to control slaves etc. In the process of detective work, when it is all said and done, African American Scholars should be included in the entire process so they can then form decisions for themselves as to which facets of history that should be omitted, included, and interpreted from a different lense. Not from others perspective, but from our own. “That is, texts held sacred by a particular commun...
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...rding to Knight and Levine, it is written that “if we look again at these texts and others through the lenses of history, we can see so much more. The stories take on brighter colors, the laws find more profound interpretations. If we understand why these texts were written and how their ancient audiences understood them, we can appreciate them more fully. This informed approach is not the enemy of a faith based
reading; biblical scholarship is not, in our view, a weapon designed to destroy one’s religious belief. It is, rather, something that can enhance such beliefs. Indeed, if three or four pages of a book or a single lecture based on a rigorous academic understanding of the Bible cause one faith into question, then that is a faith the needs to be reconsidered.”
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