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Did Samson's riddle rhyme in the original?

If you're an average Joe you probably know Samson's riddle (Judges 14:14) as: "Out of the eater, something to eat. Out of the strong, something sweet." or something like that. Most English translations rhyme the [eat/meat] with [sweet]. But what about the original? [more inside]
posted by komara on May 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Romans 9 and the responsibility for sin

In the recent book by Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, I stumbled at the following in chapter VI: "None of us should speak of injustice without thinking of all the injustice we have committed before God. We must never forget our origins, the mud of which we were made." If God made us out of mud (i.e. something base and, literally, dirty), why is it the Christian view that God is upset when we act according to our base and dirty nature, and that we must seek forgiveness for our actions and our nature? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Need good book on physical world of the Bible that isn't for children

For a project I'm doing, I'd like an illustrated book with lots of information on the physical world of the Bible - particularly animals, plants, and insects. I can look up what's mentioned in the Bible on Wikipedia, but I want more than that. I want to be able to page through an illustrated work (color) - bonus points if there are commentaries from scholars - and to learn a lot about all of the creatures mentioned without having to turn to my computer for complete information. More below. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Dec 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Explain this Bible verse...but not theologically.

Matthew 5:13: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." (New American Standard Bible) Wait, what? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Dec 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Theory that the biblical holy land was not in present day Israel

I'm trying to find an article by some historians that posited that the places described in the Bible we not actually in present day Israel. The historians had done some theorizing that the mountains and valleys mentioned in the bible (can't remember which book) fit better with an area in Saudi Arabia off the coast of the Red Sea. I've searched the Google but can't find any mention of this theory. I would love to find it again. Thanks, MeFi!
posted by drinkmaildave on Apr 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Things The Bible said would happen, but didn't

Outside my work today I got to talking with a Jehovah's Witness. When talk turned to the Bible, I said I didn't take any of it literally. None of it REALLY happened like that. [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Mar 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Accessible Scholarly Sources on the Book of Revelation

I recently happened to sit down and read the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Wow, that is some crazy shit! I'm now fascinated to learn more... [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Best Bible app for iOS

Someone has requested my assistance in finding the best Bible app for iOS. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for read stories about being forced to go in one direction.

Is there a story in the Bible or elsewhere in literature or myth about a person who wants to do many things, but is thwarted, by all sorts of forces, and ends up doing only one? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Aug 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Navigable audio version of the Christian Bible

I'd love to have an audio version of the Christian Bible that allows you to pick a specific chapter or specific verses and listen to them -- ideally in a recorded voice, not not a text-to-speech generator. I have a Kindle version of the Bible that I really like -- it's easy to navigate to a specific chapter and verse through the Kindle table of contents and menus. It's an NRSV translation from Harper Bibles. Are there any audio versions of the Bible that have similar functionality?
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Name my Bible podcast

I'm thinking about starting up a podcast. It would be, for the most part, deep interpretations of Biblical texts from a critical but appreciative point of view. What should I call it? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Mar 17, 2014 - 58 answers

Who are the most reputable Biblical scholars?

Who are the most reputable Biblical scholars, from various schools of thought (liberal, conservative, skeptical, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Feb 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Holy Fatherhood, Batmam!

Help me find examples of father-child relationships in the Bible. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jan 27, 2014 - 11 answers

this codex kills fascists?

What are some Biblical characters (OT or NT) whose deeds might be considered inspirational by a contemporary, secular, social justice-oriented audience?
posted by threeants on Oct 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Seven degrees up, please

On the book of Daniel chapter 3 -- when his friends were to be burnt on the fiery furnace -- Nabuchadnezzar commanded to have the furnace heated seven times hotter. Since at the time they didn't have a convenient dial to turn seven degrees up, what did they do to raise the temperature? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Jul 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for a Bible that's easy on the eyes

Hello! I'm looking for a new Bible. I thought that with the myriad of editions available it'd be easy to find something that meets my criteria but it's actually harder than I thought! Here's what I'm looking for: NIV translation, large type (at least 12 pt font, preferably 14), single-column, and minimal see-through to the other side of the page ("ghosting"). I also prefer something cloth bound (basically sturdy and not just bound by glue!). Here's one Bible that comes close to what I was hoping for but the pages are a bit too transparent to be easily read (like the Norton anthologies to literature).
posted by lirael2008 on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Best Bible for Kindle?

I am going to give my old Kindle 4 to a friend, who thinks it will be useful in her Baptist bible study meetings. What bible should I recommend to her?
posted by WhackyparseThis on May 29, 2013 - 5 answers

The Good Book as good read

I am looking for recommendations for bibles in languages other than English, specifically for their literary qualities. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Riddle me this.

Are there the makings of a riddle in Isaiah 22:22? And can you help me come up with a tangible answer to it, just for kicks? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

A guide to Christian theology?

I grew up in an atheist household and have never read the Bible. I would like to tackle that beast and start wandering through various branches of Christian theology, with my main goal to start in on Barth's complete works. Can you recommend a good Academic primer or companion to the Bible and general theology that doesn't try to convert me? I am interested in the topic in a scholarly/philosophic sense. I do have a good understanding of the Old World and its various empires and wars, but I am still in the shallow end as far as biblical knowledge is concerned.
posted by Think_Long on Feb 4, 2013 - 24 answers

Looking for an articulate explanation of literal interpretation of the bible vs. non-literal

Bible filter: Question on biblical interpretation [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Dec 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Garden of Eden treasure?

I'm familiar with Genesis 2:11-12 which briefly mentions the existence of gold in the area surrounding the Garden of Eden. But are there any other ancient references, be they apocryphal, Talmudic, or in folklore, that links Eden with some sort of material treasure? [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Bible passages for a wedding?

Ideas for a wedding Bible reading that isn't 1st Corinthians 13? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on May 22, 2012 - 16 answers

A book to help us read the Book of Books

Could anyone suggest a book or other resources with a Bible study plan for a mostly secular Bible study group? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Mar 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Suggestions for fine art Torah, Bible, and Quran editions?

I am building a collection of books to teach the history of fine art book making, and I would like to find copies of the Torah, Bible, and Quran that are visually pleasing. Do you recommend any specific editions? Unfortunately, my total budget for a starter collection is only $500, so I would especially value suggestions that are modest in price. At the minimum I would like to show my students a range of calligraphy, typesetting, and illumination, but I suspect that I can find some really interesting editions that do much more. All suggestions are welcome.
posted by mortaddams on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers


What is the definition of murder? If the state puts you to death is it murder? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt on Mar 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Wanted: a good study Bible with superb footnotes

3.5 years ago I posted a question about looking for the kickass bible story book of my youth. I finally found it today! Now, I'd like to find a good study Bible for me. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Feb 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find this children's Bible

Help me find the illustrated children's Bible/book of Bible stories I had as a kid. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Feb 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Pro-gay Bible Exegesis

Looking for recommendations for websites and books that explain gay theology. More specifically, pro-gay arguments explaining tough Bible passages that have respected scholarship. I'm tending to see all the usual conservative stuff instead.
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

The way things are going, they're gonna ...

Conversations with my Father-in-law have lead him to lose his faith in God. My mother-in-law is not coping well with this and blames me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jan 5, 2012 - 26 answers

Atheist Christianity Instruction

Secular, but socially sensitive, ways to teach five-year-old about Christianity? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Dec 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Book of Jonah Grammar Question

Jonah 1:4: "the ship was like to be broken" - "וְהָאֳנִיָּה חִשְּׁבָה לְהִשָּׁבֵר" - what is the grammar of חִשְּׁבָה ? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Dec 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Best book summarizing current biblical scholarship?

What book should I read to get an overview-level understanding of the current state of biblical scholarship? [more inside]
posted by knave on Dec 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Will the Mormon kids come back to teach me their religion?

Can I get the Mormon kids who stopped by my door the other day back to teach me their religion? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Dec 1, 2011 - 44 answers

Gift idea for friend

Need a gift idea for someone close to me who has a deep interest in the "original" King James (1611) Bible, this person studies the bible all the time and is very computer literate. Was hoping for some ideas.
posted by sandyp on Nov 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me find this interpretation of the Hebrew Bible that I once read.

Please help me find this interpretation of the Hebrew Bible that I once read. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Oct 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Do other languages have an equivalent of the King James Bible?

Do other languages have an equivalent of the King James Bible? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Sep 15, 2011 - 15 answers

On the casting out of demons

For the sake of this question, assume everything in the Bible is true/real. Do you have to be a practicing Christian to cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Bible passages that focus on life rather than heaven, for a funeral

Seeking recommendations for biblical readings for a funeral. It's my granny's funeral on Monday and I have been asked to do a reading, to be inserted into the service from the English book of Common Prayer. Trouble spot: I'm an atheist. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jun 14, 2011 - 12 answers

The church in scripture.

ScriptureFilter: I recall there being a passage in one of the gospels which states quite clearly and unambiguously that building and attending physical churches was not the proper way to worship. I believe it also said something about the only true church being the one we build in our hearts. I have been looking for this passage for the past few days and have been unable to find it. Did I imagine it? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 9, 2011 - 22 answers

Jacob Wrestling the Angel: I'd like to know more!

Can you lead me to any good textual analyses of the biblical story in which Jacob wrestles the angel? I have looked around but still haven't found what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on May 31, 2011 - 13 answers

J.C.'s Greatest Hits

What are the most memorable or significant stories about Jesus? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on May 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Help me find this tumblr post!

I saw a post yesterday or the day before on tumblr about the bible and how it basically endorses plant-based diets and sort of says not to eat meat - help me find it? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on May 12, 2011 - 10 answers

A day in the life of an early Christian

What can you tell me about what life was like for early Christians in the first century AD in Jerusalem, specifically 33 AD to 70 AD? [more inside]
posted by np312 on May 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Why was Jesus killed?

Why was Jesus of Nazarath (also called Jesus Christ) killed? What was going on in Roman occupied Jerusalem that lead up to his death? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Apr 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Documentary Hypothesis

Is there an alternative to the Documentary Hypothesis yet? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Apr 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent?

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 - 22 answers

Christian/Buddhist Scripture

Looking for specific quotes from Buddhist and Christian scripture on two particular themes. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Jan 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Bible Verse Recommendations Sought

A woman I know, who is a devout Christian, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Can you recommend an appropriate bible verse for the letter I'm sending her telling her I'm thinking of her? (Note, I'm pretty much a non-believer.)
posted by anastasiav on Jan 13, 2011 - 22 answers

I want something that has me engrossed straight from "In the beginning"

Recommend me a translation of the Bible (New Testament would be nice but optional) that's an engrossing read — if such a thing exists. I want a translation/interpretation that places emphasis on the story being told. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Jan 4, 2011 - 18 answers

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