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The Poisonwood Bible as a Catalog of Romanticism

- The Poisonwood Bible as a Catalog of Romanticism        In The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, the romantic standards that are associated with literature during the American Renaissance are evident. This popular novel, a New York Times Bestseller, embodies the concept of Romanticism with its gothic darkness, themes of loss and nostalgia, and a strong captivity narrative. The presence of a wise child and recurring double language are essential to the plot of the story. Nathan Price's misguided mission to save souls in the Congo is transformed into an evil that invades a type of Paradise and so, the reader realizes immediately that this twisted attempt to Christianize the savages...   [tags: Poisonwood Bible Essays]

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Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible

- Faith in Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible Throughout the Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver utilizes the experience of the Congo to enhance and rediscover the faith of three of the Price daughters. At the age of fifteen, Rachel, the Price's oldest child, reveals her true beliefs of her religion through her petulant remarks of the Congo. During her stay in Africa, Rachel only talks of possessions she left behind. Rachel misses items such as toilet paper and sets of clean clothes. She, however, doesn't mention the bible in the list of items she longs for....   [tags: Kingsolver Poisonwood Bible]

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Interpretation of "The Poisonwood Bible" in the Humanities

- Since its 1998 publication, The Poisonwood Bible has primarily been seen as a statement against American exceptionalism. Upon analyzing the novel it is obvious that subjects such as imperialism, religion, the burden of guilt, and the use of, or lack thereof, voices, contribute to multiple points and themes found in the novel. In Susan Strehle’s current article on American exceptionalism explicitly relating to The Poisonwood Bible, she manipulates the topics and themes found in the novel to support her opinion....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

- Explication of theme: The Poisonwood Bible exemplifies the importance of language, especially foreign languages. It is fairly obvious that language plays a role in this work- an English-speaking white Christian family moves to a rich, multicultural society. This new society has picked up on “easy” English phrases, but also speaks French, and its native African languages. Language can be seen as not only a sign of knowledge and scholarship, but a sign of close or open-mindedness. Language is associated with imperialism (especially in this novel, and especially relating to the United States)....   [tags: Importance of Language, Literary Analysis]

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The Poisonwood Bible by Nathan Price

- ... The story reads, “Women are expected to wear just one style of garment and no other. But the men, now that is a course of different color” (44). By this, Rachel is explaining how the men in the Congo get to wear whatever they want to wear, whereas the women are segregated and made to wear the same thing every single day. In the novel, Orleanna says, “I was his instrument, his animal. Nothing more. How we wives and mothers do perish at the hands of our own righteousness” (89). Orleanna is stating that she is a like a slave to her husband and must drop everything for him....   [tags: congo, feminist characteristics]

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

- ... She never truly comes to terms with it and gains exponentially more regrets as she ages. Leah shows an example of someone unable to let go, who instead carries the guilt and lets it eat away at her. Because she was never able to come to terms with any of the past events, her soul will forever be burdened. Forgiveness of one’s self is freeing but first one must accept that the past is irreversible. Another way to deal with one’s past regrets is to find ways to cooperate, such as searching for logical explanations and finding peace in logic instead of letting feelings take over....   [tags: repressing memory, past regret]

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Nathan Price: The Poisonwood Bible

- The Poisonwood Bible is the story of an evangelical Baptist preacher named Nathan Price who uproots his wife and four daughters from the modern culture of America and moves them to the Kilanga Village in the Belgian Congo as missionaries. He is bullheaded and obstinate in all his ways. His approach is inflexible, unsympathetic, and unaccepting of the culture and customs of the people of Kilanga. Nathan Price exemplifies the words of Romans 2:4 that says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” He did not share the goodness of God, but sought to spread his uncompromising pious agenda....   [tags: god, modern culture, pious agenda]

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The Poisonwood Bible and the Life of Barbara Kingsolver

- Humans have the unique ability to create artwork. Be that in the form of a painting, musical composition, or work of fiction, creativity is the ability to rearrange available materials to create something unique and innovative. Many writers view writing as a way to express their deepest ideas and emotions creatively. American journalist Earnest Hemmingway believed that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Writers often will use their own life experiences to re-experience important parts of their lives and translate it into a story to share with the world....   [tags: literary and biographical analysis]

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Oppression of Imperialism in Poisonwood Bible and Heart of Darkness

- Imperialism has been a constant oppressive force upon societies dating back hundreds of years. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, illustrates this oppression by providing an instance of its occurrence in the Congo of Africa, while simultaneously setting the stage for The Poisonwood Bible, which is essentially the continuation of the story. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, demonstrates how the Congo is still affected by modern circumstances and ideology. Conrad’s novella acts as a sort of precursor to the events later depicted in Kingsolver’s novel, and this very connection between the stories illustrates the perpetual oppression of imperialism....   [tags: joseph conrad]

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Forgive and Forget in The Poisonwood Bible by Nathan Price

- ... This is what leads him to Kilanga, willingly putting his family in danger to spread the name of the lord, in hope of redemption. Nathan’s guilt at having escaped the Bataan death march has twisted his belief in God, he sees God as one who punishes and rewards strictly on the basis of merit. He lives trying to earn his, by pushing the teaching of Christianity to the Congolese. Nathan masks his cowardice using a sort of “divine right”. He uses god to justify every decision he makes, disregarding anyone elses opinion....   [tags: adah, leah, guilt]

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Theme Analysis of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver

- In the book The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver, she uses motifs and themes such as issues over the western control, religion, and the death and force of nature. In literature authors use themes as a message to create points that will help make the big picture complete. Kingsolver is using multiple themes to connect what she is portraying from her writing to the reader. These themes come in different variations, but help us understand the core of the novel and get the real meaning on what it is about....   [tags: religion, western, nature]

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Poisonwood Bible

- Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver is the author of many well-written pieces of literature including The Poisonwood Bible. This novel explores the beauty and hardships that exist in the Belgian Congo in 1959. Told by the wife and four daughters of a fierce Baptist, Nathan Price, Kingsolver clearly captures the realities this family and mission went through during their move to the Congo. The four daughters were raised in Atlanta Georgia in the 1950’s therefore entering the Congo with preconceived racial beliefs, and a very different way of life than they would soon experience....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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To what extent is Cultural Arrogance a driving force of conflict in The Poisonwood Bible?

- The Poisonwood Bible is a novel written by Barbara Kingsolver, portraying the life of the Price family, coming from Georgia to the Congo as a missionary family. By analyzing the cultural arrogance Kingsolver includes in the novel, it is possible to understand the many compositions the bring books, in relation to how the people live in comparison to different geographical and economical locations of the country, why certain things are necessary to happen and the relation of nature and man. Analyzing the cultural arrogance allows the readers to understand the two major perspectives in the book, and how they interact with each other....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver, Congo, man vs nature]

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The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

- What Is The True Religion. The realities of Congo rescued her from the mental enslavement of her father, Nathan Price. Nathan, a Baptist evangelist journeyed with his four daughters and wife to the Belgian Congo with his mission to save the unenlightened souls of the Congolese people. His aim was to accomplish this through his strict biblical sanctions and his firm belief in his Christian faith. As a child who respects their parents' religion and belief, Leah was compassionate and genuine about her father's faith and his outlook on life....   [tags: American Literature]

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Kingsolver’s Portrayal of Christianity in The Poisonwood Bible

- Kingsolver’s Portrayal of Christianity in The Poisonwood Bible Kingsolver’s concern with Christianity is evident in the very title of The Poisonwood Bible. She uses ‘books’ to divide the novel into sections, which, with names like Genesis and The Revelation, reflect the books of the Bible. As the novel progresses, the structure deviates from that of its biblical namesakes: there is a shift in order - Exodus is placed centrally - and new books with titles such as The Eyes in the Trees are introduced (Kingsolver’s own appellations)....   [tags: English Literature]

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Paternalism in Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and Bean Trees

- Paternalism in Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and Bean Trees        The etymological relationship between "father" and "homeland" goes back to the Latin words for both: pater (father) and patria (country). Fatherland, Vaterland, patrie... all these words meaning "home country" bring to mind fatherly images. Likewise, the words "patriot" and "patriotic" echo "patriarch", or the grandfatherly head of a family or clan. The drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are lovingly known as the "founding fathers"; first president George Washington is called the "father of our country"....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Griffin's Black Like Me and Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

-     John Howard Griffin's novel, Black Like Me, and Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Poisonwood Bible, describe journeys made by white Americans into black societies in the early 1960's. Griffin, a white journalist for Sepia magazine, took medication to darken his skin and entered the United States' Deep South to experience the plight of African Americans (Bain 195). His book is a true account of his experiences as a black man. Kingsolver writes of a man who, in many ways, made a similar journey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Africa Turns The Lives Of A Family Upside Down

- Many cultures make clear distinctions between the social status of males and females. In most places, the man is the one who carries leadership roles and the woman is the one who supports the man, but even so, the future is not always guaranteed. The woman will always have a little bit of want for freedom and need for acknowledgement within her heart. In Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price, the male authority figure of the household, limits the Price women’s ability to aim for higher goals in life, which includes a better living environment and education....   [tags: Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible]

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The Economic Impacts of The European Colonization of The Congo

- The Democratic Republic of the Congo was one of the leading nations in the world 22,000 years ago in the field of science and inventions. In the 1950’s, a Belgian archeologist, Prof. J. de Heinzelin, found a 10-cm long bone in Ishango village, near the current border between the Congo and Uganda. Heinzelin noticed patterns on the Ishango bone; he concluded later that the essential use of the prehistoric device was to do arithmetic calculations used as a calculator and a calendar (Pletser 1). The Ishango Bones, though basic, indicate a form of advanced knowledge in mathematics and astronomy the Congolese had 220 centuries ago....   [tags: The Poisonwood Bible]

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The Path of the Redeemed

- The path of redemption and salvation presents itself with a different meaning for each character of The Poisonwood Bible. Their process of redeeming or deliverance from destruction shows itself in unique ways with all the characters. On a level it is the story of a family torn apart by the quest of “a man driven by guilt to save those unable to save themselves.” (Ender, Samantha) However after looking more closely at the characters within the family the realization that the children each represent multiple aspects of this “guilt driven man” and as the reader sees them change and grow the image of the changing points in his life....   [tags: The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver]

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Cultural Morality: Comparative Analysis between a Fine Balance and the Poisionwood Bible

- ... Ruth May, young and oblivious, believes that everything her father did was right, however it is not entirely her fault, much like most people who are ignorant towards the issues of ethnocentrism. In conclusion, Ruth May faces death for het ignorance. Ruth May doesn't avoid the snakes as one who is familiar with the environment normally would, Kingsolver is clearly implying how destructive it can be to use ones beliefs in another cultural setting. At first, Leah trusted everything her father said, but towards the end she recognizes the imperfections in his system....   [tags: principle, relativism, religion, moral, idea]

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The And Of The Bible

- It has always been much speculated, and little doubt exists that the bible was not the work of any single author, but a collection of anecdotes by many. Jews and Christians in their millions believe that the holy texts came directly from god, Hebrews certain that the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses, ot the Torah is none other than godâs word, even though modern theologians concede that the whole was written by many, who preached diverse ideologies, linguistic styles and indeed a whole range of names for God as they saw the deity....   [tags: Bible, Torah, Criticism of the Bible]

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Love In The Bible

- What then is love. Over the years, society has pondered this question only to arrive to different answers. Who then deserves to be love. Some people love only those who are easy to love. Others, love people who they know will reciprocate their love. According Eagle Vision Ministry, there are different kinds of love: Storge love (love of a parent to child), Eros love (physical love), Phileo love (friendship love), and Agape love (God’s love). Agape love is a unique love that has nothing to do with emotional attachments....   [tags: The Bible]

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The Bible And The Holy Bible

- ... In the end, God always reveals Himself to His followers, showing that He is present and is always there. To know that someone centuries ago, felt the way I feel, or has gone through what I’m experiencing, and has God there on their side, settles down my doubts and puts me at ease. It gives me hope and the encouragement I need, to know that I’ll get through whatever it is. That I won’t be alone because God will be by my side as He was with His people. Within the comfort provided by His people, they teach valuable lessons....   [tags: Bible, New Testament, God, Christianity]

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Is The Bible True?

- ... He uses the example, if David McCullough had made up information for his written biography of Harry Truman then, it would be considered false information but if Charles Dickens’s made up information for his novel, Oliver Twist, it wouldn’t be considered false information because a novel or fictional piece of writing isn’t meant to contain accurate facts. The stories of Luke and Genesis in the Bible are then used as examples of different genres shown throughout the Bible. The passage of Luke explains the story of a man who was robbed and then beaten on his journey from Jerusalem to Jericho....   [tags: Bible, God, Writing, Criticism of the Bible]

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The Inerrancy Of The Bible

- ... Comparing the many thousands of good copies and MSS that has come to light in recent years like the Dead Sea Scrolls. We can be Assured that the Bible, we have is true and accurate. In one of my lessons I covered how we got our Bible and I think it worth repeating for those who might have missed it. God used nine methods to bring us the Bible. 1. God used Men ,Exo. 19:19" Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice." KJV 2. God used Angels, HEB. 2:2 "For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast,..."KJV 3....   [tags: Moses, Torah, Ten Commandments, Bible]

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An Introduction Of The Bible

- Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Bible This guide is specially written for new Christians, commonly called born again Christians. As we bear in mind that new Christians come into this spiritual journey called Christianity which is to live like Christ, with numerous questions in mind, but don’t know which ones to ask first, or even who to ask these questions to. You need to understand that we are not trying to encourage you more into one religion or another. We are approaching the Bible in the most neutral but instructive way....   [tags: Bible, Christianity, New Testament, Jesus]

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The Bible And The Prince

- 1) Introduction – The bible and the prince are supposed to be texts to guide you. However they include a ton of violence which makes them seem bad but infact they are good a) The Hebrew Bible and The prince by Machiavelli are guidebooks centered around important historical events. On the one hand, the Hebrew Bible is about the history and religion of the people of Israel. Its historical accounts functions as models of religious and moral conduct. On the other hand, The Prince is centered around the political history of France and Italy around the time of the Italian Renaissance....   [tags: Bible, Moses, Political philosophy, Israelites]

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The Testament Of The Bible

- ... The angel of the Lord states, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (New International Version Bible, Genesis 22. 16-18). Through these versus God proclaims his obligation to the Hebrew people and deeming them as the chosen ones....   [tags: Christianity, Jesus, Christian terms, Bible]

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The Sermon Of The Bible

- ... In the process of exegesis, he or she must mindful of the passage’s historical and cultural context. They should also watch out for idioms and figurative language such as a hyperbole, metaphor, analogy, personification, simile and treat each parable differently. The preacher is commissioned to use the Scriptures to rebuke and correct. In other words, the Scriptures exposes and convicts sin in order to bring correction, conviction, and repentance. In addition, the Scripture trains for righteousness....   [tags: Christianity, Bible, Christian terms, Jesus]

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The Testament Of The Bible

- ... The Four Gospels (Synoptic Gospels) proclaim the “Good News” of the coming of Jesus Christ. They all present Miracles, and the Paschal Mystery of Christ Jesus. There are three stages in the development of the Gospel narrative: 1) The teaching of Jesus himself 2) The oral tradition of the apostles, who handled down the teachings of Jesus to the early Christian community, the church; 3) Inspired written Word of Scripture Jesus The Gospel of Matthew takes us back to Jesus’s genealogy which is traced back to David, Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great, who upon hearing of his birth felt threatened and tried to kill Jesus by ordering all of Bethlehem’s male children under age...   [tags: Jesus, Bible, New Testament, Gospel of Matthew]

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The Figurative Language of the Bible

- In 2011, the Barna Group completed and published the results of a five-year study on why many teens are turning away from Christian churches. The research showed that one-fourth of these skeptical young adults felt that “Christianity is anti-science” . This statistic should not be too surprising because Christians are notorious for their steadfast beliefs in Genesis 1 which states that the universe was created by God in just 6 days. Obviously, this tale contradicts countless scientific records and theories, making a life of faith practically unachievable for any science-minded individual....   [tags: Bible Essays]

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Is The Bible True?

- Is the Bible true. This is a question I have asked myself as I have navigated my walk with Christ and learned more about my faith. Billy Graham once said, “Our faith is not dependent upon human knowledge and scientific advance, but upon the unmistakable message of the Word of God” (Bickel, 2003, p.15). In our world today, there are many different religions and each one professes their book to be the Word of God. The Koran claims to be a “revelation from Allah and seen as the Word of God” (Yohn, 2013)....   [tags: Bible, New Testament, Christianity, Old Testament]

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Meaning of the Bible

- Reflection Paper Assignment: The Meaning of the Bible. Levine, Amy –Jill and Douglas Knight. The Meaning of the Bible: What Jewish and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us. New York: HarperOne, 2011. Intro The assignment is reflect on my own assumptions about the Bible, and bible interpretation, based on the journey, or “deep dive” I have taken into the Hebrew Bible this semester through various writing and discussions, and the reflections garnered in my sojourn with Levine and Knight. This is, indeed, a foreboding task, given it has to be accomplished in 10 pages or less....   [tags: Reflection Paper, Religion, God, Jesus, Bible]

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Esther in the Bible

- The book of Esther tells the faithfulness of one woman and her uncle. It is only one of two books that contain the heroism and bravery of a woman heroine. The story of Esther accomplishes two profound things, the first: “To demonstrate God’s providential care of his people, even those outside the land of Israel, and 2) to commend the observance of the feast of Purim by relating how it originated” (Breneman 289).Unlike the rest of the Bible the story of Esther does not directly state or talk about God, but instead shows God’s plans for all of our lives and how in all frightening moments of life, He remains faithful to those who trust and have faith in Him....   [tags: God's Plan, Faith in God, Bible, God]

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Forgiveness in the Bible

- “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”(Matthew 6:14-15, NIV) Husain Haddawy’s The Arabian Nights discusses many situations in which individuals learn to forgive others for the wrong that they have done against them. The Bible refers to the idea of forgiveness as an act not only for the person that has wronged you but for yourself; in order to grow, we have to forgive because if we do not, God will not forgive us....   [tags: Demon and King Shahrayar, Bible Analysis, God]

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Context of the Bible Book

- Context of the Bible Book: The book of Genesis begins with the creation of the earth and all the living things upon it. It continues on The story of Joseph and his family, which spans nearly fourteen full chapters, is well crafted and highly detailed. “Unique, too, is the somewhat secular mold in which the [Joseph’s] biography is cast. The miraculous or supernatural is conspicuously absent” (Sarna 211). The story is embodies the very best parts of literature. And, in fact, is not overtly theological....   [tags: Bible, Summary]

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Study the Bible!

- Study the bible. : The Use of Bible Allusions in Literature Biblical references are a technique used in literature by authors to alter readers perceptions. The readers beliefs are challenged by using biblical references in literature. In “The Gospel According to Mark” by Jorge Luis Borges, Borges uses many biblical references to give readers a different view of the main character. With the biblical references being used in “The Gospel According to Mark”, readers are able to portray the main character, Baltasar Espinosa as a Christ-like person....   [tags: Use of Bible Allusions in Literature, Analysis]

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The Christian Bible And Mere Christianity

- The Christian Bible may be one of the most influential pieces of texts ever written. Through reading of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible my life has changed drastically as a human being, in every way, shape, and form. Not only has the Bible changed who I am but, it has drastically changed the way I read. Two texts that have truly affected me as a reader of the ESV Bible are the Catholic Bible and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. While reading the ESV Bible has changed me as a person it has also changed me as a reader....   [tags: Christianity, Bible, Protestantism]

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The Chronicles of Narnia and The Bible

- “A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence.” ― Rollo May Fiction has always been used as a way to relay different types of messages throughout time. In many cases authors use fiction to make political commentary, use stories to bring out the major flaws that society has, as well as a way to spread different types of beliefs or ideals. C.S. Lewis’s used his work, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, to reiterate the messages of the Bible to those who might have gotten lost during their lifetime....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Myth, Bible]

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Women's Inferior Status in The Bible

- Corinthians 14:34 states, “Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law” (Holy Bible, King James Edition). Edith Hamilton, "recognized as the greatest woman Classicist", says that the Bible is the only book before our century that looked to women as human beings, no better nor worse than men (Tanner). However, it cannot be said that this book was consistently favorable to women. Maybe not absolutely, but conditionally in personal opinion, the Bible shows numerous examples of a woman’s inferiority to men, an assessment that has been translated into the cultures of generations....   [tags: Status of Women in the Bible]

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Biblical Authority : The Bible

- ... Any faulty facts or discrepancies in grammar or data, should not take away from the value that scripture holds. When we read scripture we bring new meaning of interpretations of the truths God shows us, since new eras and environmental factors will be influential on how we process information. The bible is not just a fact book, telling humans stories of the past, but instead the bible is inspired instructions for how we can deal with spiritual and ethical encounters we face. Since God reveals truth to all humans, we can live in Faith community with one another....   [tags: Bible, Moses, Israelites, Canaan]

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Moses Of The Bible And Beyond

- ... This compassion for the Hebrews and demonstration of qualities that proved his worth, all cultivated into his first undertaking. With the help from his brother Aaron, he elicited the ten plagues that hit Egypt, weakening the resolve of the Pharaoh and eventually freeing his people. With the assistance of G-d, he was able to safely bring over 600,000 people, as the bible says, over to the Promised Land, Moses himself never seeing it. Through and through, “Moses is seen as the leader of the Liberation movement.” (Professor Christopher Rowland, fellow of Queen 's College, Oxford, Moses and Liberation Theology) This event is forever remembered, every year during the holiday, Passover....   [tags: Moses, Torah, Bible, Judaism]

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Mary's Angelic Encounter in the Bible

- INTRODUCTION The Bible contains many stories of people having an encounter with angels. An encounter alludes to an unexpected meeting. The word “angel” is a transliteration from the Hebrew word “mal’ak” in the Old Testament (Strong’s H4397) and the Greek word “angelos” in the New Testament (Strong’s G32). Both words mean “messenger” and describes one who executes the plan and will of the person whom they serve. God created an innumerable quantity of angels. For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and...   [tags: bible, stories, god]

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Antigone And The Holy Bible

- ... Antigone, as a character, is extremely strong-willed and loyal to her faith. Creon is similarly loyal, but rather to his homeland, the city of Thebes, instead of the gods. Both characters are dedicated to a fault, a certain stubbornness that effectively blinds them from the repercussions of their actions. Preceding the story, Antigone has been left to deal with the burden of her parents’ and both her brothers’ deaths. Merely a young child, intense grief is to be expected; however, Antigone’s emotional state is portrayed as frivolous when it leads her to directly disobey Creon’s orders....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, God, Bible]

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Authority Figure in Bible Examples

- As a child, one always questions authority and discipline especially from a parent. A father’s love may appear measurable, to a child, based upon how much time he spent together, and how much punishment he delivers. Some people believe in physical punishment, which may include a spanking, or they believe in taking nonphysical measures, which may include a timeout or going to bed early. Throughout the ages, people argue the issue that parents may play favorites or discipline one child more harshly than the next....   [tags: authority, discipline, punishment, bible]

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Is The Bible Compatible With The Theory Of Evolution?

- ... In what sense was Adam a perfect man. He was perfect because he had freedom of decision and could imitate the divine qualities. The Bible says: "The true God made mankind upright, but they themselves have sought many plans" (Ecclesiastes 7:29). In fact, it was Adam who chose to rebel against God. As a result, he lost the perfection and deprived their descendants of it. This explains the frustration that we feel when we want to do things well and do not succeed. It is as the Apostle Paul wrote: "What I want, is what I don’t do; but what hate is what I do" (Romans 7:15)....   [tags: Jesus, New Testament, Christianity, Bible]

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The Bible And Myth By John Oswalt

- ... He states, “the veracity of the theological claims of the OT is inseparable from the veracity of the historical claims” (16). The Bible maintains a “unique worldview” and is one that has been revealed by God to his people, Israel. He states there are things we must wrestle with when it comes to investigation the Bible historically from its theological stand but the Bible can uphold its claim to be theologically and historically viable. Chapter 1 Chapters one through five discuss the differences and similarities of the Bible compared to ANE literature....   [tags: Old Testament, Bible, God, Vulgate]

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The Bible Is The Words Of God

- ... They were mainly written in Hebrew and Greek, which are much different from modern ones. Therefore, acquiring these languages or adept translator is vital to understand the texts accurately. However, some factors, such as untranslatability, should be considered, because it is usual that there is no equivalent word or concept in another language. Accordingly, they have to interpret the text to some extent, although a prior interpretation would occur in the original language. Thus, a translation does not convey the nuance exactly....   [tags: Bible, Religious text, Torah, Christianity]

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My Perspective On The Catholic Bible

- ... When the texts were being written, the technology we had today did not exist so they had no clue of the creatures and human remain concealed underground. Therefore, this information was not integrated into these scriptures. These artifacts have allowed us to obtain valuable information on the transformation of humans and animals until present day. With the knowledge I have gained, I have come to accept that the Bible’s story of creation is not factual. It was arduous to accept that Adam and Eve never existed; there was no apple, no snake and no temptation....   [tags: Bible, Moses, Israelites, Book of Genesis]

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Should The Bible Face Reconstruction?

- ... Even better than a family tree or a map, a timeline would have been most helpful. Using pages upon pages to list ancestors and describe what happened is a lot like rambling on and on instead of getting to the point. A timeline would have been a much preferred method to explaining the order of events than the bible currently does. By including a timeline Christians, and even Jews who read the Torah, would have been able to keep better track of all the various character and their activities. It isn’t very specific and thusly is difficult to decipher the meaning of the text....   [tags: Bible, Christianity, Religious text, Torah]

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The Betrayal Of Jesus From The Bible

- ... It was written by Luke in 60 AD because he wanted to tell about the life Jesus had and wanted to share the good news of what had happend. This is the basis from evrey mordern day christain stands on. The historical context helps me because I know what all happend and how he got there in the end. Going further into details I found supporting scriptures in exodus 21:32. This scripture is symbolic cause 30 silver pieces was the price you paid for a hurt sheep by an ox and in Matthew 26:15. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy in zec because Judas sold Jesus for 30....   [tags: Jesus, Bible, Gospel of Matthew, Christianity]

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Reading The Bible Is Important

- “He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a ‘Christian’ without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.” - Francis Chan Lovingly, we should follow Christ and His example every day. To follow Christ, we must know know what our responsibilities are. Reading the Bible is vital. With prayer, people have access to talk to God - anytime and anywhere. Attending church is important. “Why should I take the time out of the busyness of my life to study and meditate the Bible?” DrOP Eighty-eight percent of Americans own at least one Bible; however, 32% of people ages 18 to adult do not believe that any literature is sacred, including the Bible, which is untrue....   [tags: Christianity, Bible, Jesus, New Testament]

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The Gospel Writers Of The Bible

- One of the major gospel writers of the bible was Mark. Mark was a friend of Peter. Peter was one of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus Christ, which were known as the 12 apostles. Mark always paid close attention and listened when Peter had spoken about Jesus. He constantly wrote down all the things Peter had told me and preached about. Mark also wrote about the things that he had physically seen himself. Mark wrote this book while he was living in Rome, which is the capital city of Italy. He wrote his book around some time from 50 AD to 70 AD....   [tags: Jesus, Christianity, Bible, Saint Peter]

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The Bible Has Been A Challenge

- ... In a town Midian he is offered a wife named Zipporah and they have a baby. God begans using Moses to fulfill the covenant that was promised to Abram about freeing the slaves. The main conflict of freeing the slaves in Egypt. Moses needs to go to Mt. Horeb to get direction from God to know how to free to slaves. He is to bring them to a country rich with milk and honey. Moses being the protagonist in search of their freedom he begins questioning, “Who am I that I should go to the pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt....   [tags: Moses, Bible, Plagues of Egypt, Levite]

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Baptist Bible Fellowship International

- The Baptist Bible Fellowship International has done great things throughout the many years of its existence. The reason for the group’s success has been through missions, evangelism, Bible Colleges, and church planting. In the 1950’s the World Baptist Fellowship ruled the Baptist scene. During the era of the WBF there was a conflict that arose as J. Frank Norris attempted to overthrow G.B. Vick’s presidency at his Bible College. Norris desired to be president of the college that Vick established....   [tags: bible colleges, chruch, fellowship]

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English Translations of the Bible

- The efforts for translating the Bible from its original languages, i.e. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek began many years ago. Its being the reference book for the religion was the main idea which feed up those efforts. Every people wants to understand how he begs and prays to God according to the sacred book. Not only Bible but also many other holy books were translated into another languages. The Bible is the bestseller in many English speaking countries today. The reason for this is especially the US, whose founding base still lies behind religion....   [tags: English Translations of the Bible, Translations, B]

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The Bible Among The Myths

- In The Bible Among the Myths, John N. Oswalt opens up his book by establishing his expertise in the subject of the Ancient Near East (ANE). Oswalt started his study into the ANE at Asbury Theological Seminary. After attending Asbury Theological Seminary, he went to Brandeis University. This is where his fascination with the subjects and ideas of the ANE started to grow. Oswalt eventually went on to teach at Asbury Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Wesley Biblical Seminary....   [tags: God, Religion, Old Testament, Bible]

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The Bible And Housekeeping By Marilynne Robinson

- ... In Housekeeping, Robinson uses this allusion, “Lot’s wife was salt and barren, because she was full of loss and mourning, and looked back.” (Robinson p.153) The author makes note that she was “salt and barren,” using a contradictory phrase like in the original story, using salt as a symbol of life, with barren which is empty and desolate. She also makes this point before Lot’s wife looks back, which shows her motivation for her turning back, because she was so empty and “full of loss,” looking back was her way of escape, not disobedience....   [tags: Bible, Old Testament, Book of Genesis, Patriarchy]

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The Old Testament Of The Bible

- ... I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me. Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked” (Job 10:1-4). In other words Jobs that he is allowed to question God Himself and ask him why is put through suffering, what sins has he done which made God punished him. Many people has ask similar question to God when they come across suffering, they believe that they are being punish for something they have done in life so that’s why they suffer....   [tags: New Testament, Bible, Old Testament, Jesus]

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What Is The Bible?

- The Bible is the most significant book in the history of civilization. In the context of Jewish history, the Bible’s impact on politics, history, and religion is without comparison. Along with establishing the covenant-based legitimacy of the Jewish people and their history, the Bible’s political impact is exemplified through prophetic politics, the power of kings, and the effects of political authority. Biblical archeology has discovered biblical structures which supports the historical validity of the Bible....   [tags: Religion Bible]

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The view of God from the Bible's Perspective

- The biblical standpoint on the view of God may be summed up in two verses, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7) This clearly indicates the attributes of God as merciful and just, forgiving and stern....   [tags: Religion, Bible, God]

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Changes Due to English Evolution Affect Integrity of the Bible

- Catholic leaders had control of the Holy Bible without many recorded challenges for more than one thousand years, according to several historical documents. Church authorities told church members they could neither read nor interpret the text themselves. The principles clergy taught in church were what churchgoers often believed. Eventually, a high-ranking German monk named Martin Luther challenged church officials in the 16th century and began reading and interpreting the Scriptures. As he studied the Bible, he found many faults in the Catholic Church’s teachings and believed everyone should have an opportunity to read the Bible himself or herself and determine what the Bible meant....   [tags: Bible Translation]

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The Bible Taken From The Greek Word

- ... According to most theological biblical historians the first written portion of the Old Testament is the Book of Job followed later around 1500BC by the Ten Commandments which were written on stone tablets and given to Moses. Between 700 to 1000BC the Masoretic Text was written and distributed by the Masoretes, a group of Jewish scholars. The oldest complete surviving Masoretic Text dates from around 900BC. Somewhere between 1400 to 300BC the original thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were written and confirmed as canonical books....   [tags: Bible, Old Testament, Torah, Septuagint]

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Bible Among The Myths By John N

- ... The different here with the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East religions is in the origin. The God of the Old Testament is essentials to the existence of the Israelite, unlike the gods of the Ancient Near East religions. He now move the attention of his reader to the position of myth and history. Oswalt asks the question is the "Old Testament more like the myths found in its neighboring cultures or is it something else". He answer his question with the definition of a myth, and were it gets its essence from then goes on to say the " the Bible does not accord with that definition"....   [tags: Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, God]

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Love in The Bible

- Love in The Bible Everyone always looks at the Bible as a loving book. It is considered God’s Word. It helps us live a better life and serves as a guidebook showing us how to live on the right path. The characters in it are ones to be looked up to. Moses, Noah, Abraham, etc. were all righteous followers of God and set good examples for us even today. However, those who read deeper into the Bible will find more than just the stereotype that I have already explained. The God of the Bible has many moods....   [tags: Religion Bible Religious God Essays]

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Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail

- Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail Arguably, throughout history, the most influential book ever written has been “The Holy Bible.” Whether it is a historical document, a children’s story, a fable, a story of moral lessons, or a multitude of novels; “The Holy Bible” and its themes have been passed down through generations. If one were to look at “The Holy Bible” as a whole then one could say that the themes of the Bible are all about freedom and how one has a responsibility to keep that freedom....   [tags: Bible, Non-violence]

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Determining the True Divine Name from the Bible

- This issue concerning the divine name has existed for hundreds of years, and there have been a number of Bible translations that have restored the divine name in the Hebrew Scriptures. One such version is the American Standard Version of 1901. However, in recent times this issue has gained even more attention because of a particular Bible translation. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, translated by the Watchtower organization, has not only restored the divine name to the Hebrew portion of the Bible, but has used the name 237 times in the New Testament....   [tags: bible, religion, theology]

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Everyman and the Bible: Exploring Good Deeds, Faith, and Salvation

- God has become angry with his people. He complains in the fifteenth century English play Everyman about humans and their obsession with material items, riches, and wealth. Men and women, he feels, have taken for granted their blessings. God wants to reprimand Everyman for his sinful life and sends Death to summon him. At the beginning of the allegorical work where figures and actions symbolize general truths, a messenger shares God’s concerns. The messenger tells the audience to watch and listen closely to the morality play so they can learn a lesson about life....   [tags: Bible, religion, salvation, ]

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Murder in the Bible

- Murder in the Bible The act of murder is rampant in the Bible. In much of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, there are laws that command that people be killed for absurd reasons such as working on the Sabbath, being gay, cursing your parents, or not being a virgin on your wedding night. In addition to these crazy and immoral laws, there are plenty of examples of God's irrationality by his direct killing of many people for reasons that defy any rational explanation such as killing children who make fun of bald people, and the killing of a man who tried to keep the ark of God from falling during transport....   [tags: Murder Violence Bible Crime Christianity Essays]

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Galileo 's Reasoning For Revealing The Truth And The Roles Of The Bible

- Galileo’s reasoning for revealing the truth and the roles of the Bible. Galileo knew that he had discovered a unique fact that the Earth traveled around the Sun. This fact was contrary to the belief of the Holy Catholic Church, which mandated geocentrism rather than heliocentrism. This is the belief that everything revolves around the Earth not the Sun. The Church had already been ridiculed earlier after the discovery that the Earth was a sphere. In order to prove his findings without being accused or declared heretical....   [tags: Christianity, Bible, Torah, Biblical canon]

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Violence, Power, and Goals in the Hebrew Bible and The Iliad

- ... Sacrifices are, in nature, very violent. Innocent blood is spilled to please the vengeful God. In Exodus 12, "the Lord struck down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on the throne the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the first-born of the cattle" (Exodus 12:29). God did all that just because the Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let the Israelites leave his country. The immense sacrifice of the first-borns of man and beast was an act of violence that led the exodus of the Israelites....   [tags: the hebrew bible, the iliad, literary analysis]

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The Holy Bible is Fact, Not Fiction

- The Holy Bible is Fact, Not Fiction The Hebrew word used for "day" is the word yom. Every other time the word is used in the Old Testament in conjunction with a number, a literal, 24-hour period of time is being described; what we know as a day. The word is never used metaphorically in the Bible. The verses most commonly used to say that the word day in Genesis could mean more than a 24 hour period are Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3, which quotes Psalm 90:4. Psalm 90:4 - For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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The Holy Bible as a Sustained Allusion

- The Bible as a Sustained Allusion The Bible is a sustained allusion throughout the course of East of Eden, paralleling with the eternal story of Cain and Abel. According to the Bible, Cain is the "tiller of the ground" (Genesis 4:2). Caleb Trask, a farmer at heart, made a vast amount of money by selling beans. Upon presenting Adam with his present of fifteen thousand dollars, Adam not only discarded the gift, but caused Cal pain by comparing him to his godly brother, Aron, who graduated high school and started college at an early age....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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Jesus, Gender and The Holy Bible

- Jesus, Gender and The Bible Sunday evening I attended my weekly Ecumenical Christians of Oberlin meeting. This is a group of generally open-minded individuals that get together on Sundays to have dinner and discuss topics related to Christianity. Topics range from "What is the Kingdom of God?" to "Pacifism: Turning the Other Cheek." Our topic this Sunday was "Women and the Bible." At first I thought that we might be studying Esther or one of the many Marys - prominent women in the Bible that are always mentioned whenever the subject is brought up....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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Role Of Ruth And Esther In The Bible

- Torah (the Law) "…means "teaching" or "instruction"…(Harris, 3) for mankind. The Torah includes both the Oral Law and the Written Law. In addition, the Law is an extension of sacred oral tradition, thus broadening the meaning of Torah to designate the entire body of Jewish laws, customs, and ceremonies. Nevi'im( the Prophets) "…consists of narratives relating to Israel's …" (Harris, 3) history as a nation on its land and a "…collections of oracles" (Harris, 6) . Supporters of God's covenant do battle against the paganism of neighboring groups and among the Israelites themselves....   [tags: Hebrew Bible Religion Religious]

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Truth, Belief and The Holy Bible

- Truth, Belief and the Bible Order, pattern, method, harmony, and purpose - these are the qualities on which we, humankind, have come to base our existence. We strive to find meaning in all that we do, say, read, write, and live. A story is not just a story; it is a lesson. A thought is not merely a thought, but a revelation. Hardship is not simply misfortune, but an act of God. Truth is considered the result of a divine arrangement - one that is complex and intricate, and finally revealed to us through a glorious realization....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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Essay on Evil in The Holy Bible

- The Purpose of Evil in the Bible        God looked at everything He had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31)    Five times in Genesis 1, God looks at that which He has created, and pronounces it "good". Then on the sixth day He creates Man, and says that His creation is now "very good". God's pronouncement of His creation, which would be everything around us and includes ourselves, as "very good" is hard to reconcile with that which we see on a daily basis -- a reality in which we experience much pain and cruelty from man and nature....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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Morality and The Holy Bible

- Morality and the Bible Both the legal and salvation philosophies of the Old and New Testaments reflect those of the cultures around them, due to much copying and borrowing of laws and ideas. Furthermore, all societies around the world have similar moral and legal codes -- which is certainly not an accident. Interestingly enough, the moral codes of the world's religions bear a striking resemblance to each other, with only minor variations. Religions as different as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism all have proscriptions against killing, lying, cheating, stealing, etc....   [tags: Holy Bible Essays]

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The New Testament Canon Is Not One Universal Bible

- ... However, he had discounted some of the writings that were already being taught in the second century church. Perhaps in reaction to Marcion, Sawyer explains, “the Muratorian Canon was published in the latter half of the second century. This canon includes the four gospels, Acts, Paul’s thirteen letters, Jude, Revelation, 1 John and at least 2 John or 3 John or both.” A variety of events and movements were instrumental in recognizing the canonical books. It is important for Christians to understand by following the Bible they are following divine authority and not the whims of a fourth century bishop. Perhaps the urgency of developing the canon has a political more than spiritual motiva...   [tags: New Testament, Bible, Christianity, Biblical canon]

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