Bible Exploration Home

Table of Contents

  1. Links to Commented Chapters
  2. Introduction
  3. Update History

Links to Commented Chapters

Genesis 8 Raven ReturnsGenesis 8
Deluge Part 3
The Raven Returns
2015-04-04

Genesis 7 AnnihilationGenesis 7
Deluge Part 2
Annihilation
2015-03-03

Genesis 6 There Were GiantsGenesis 6
Deluge Part 1
There Were Giants
2015-02-25

Genesis 5 Methuselah Dead at 969Genesis 5
Methuselah
Dead at 969
2015-02-19

Genesis 4 Murder Most FoulGenesis 4
Murder Most
Foul
2015-02-18

Genesis 3c Flying Toddlers and 4-Faced SpiritsGenesis 3c
Flying Toddlers
and 4-Faced Spirits
2015-02-16

Genesis 3b Eve Lilith and the Other SisterGenesis 3b
Eve, Lilith and
the Other Sister
2015-01-26

Genesis 3a Adam the SpinelessGenesis 3a
Adam
the Spineless
2015-01-26

Genesis 2 Adam and EveGenesis 2
Two Naked
People
2015-01-22

Genesis 1 Whales are SpecialGenesis 1
Whales are
Special
2015-01-18

Bible Exploration Introduction and Master
This Page
2015-01-15

Bbilography-lnkBibliography

Introduction Dear Reader,

Over the years I have read some books completely and some books only partially. But, when it comes to the book that serves as an underpinning to so many writings, I have read a fragment of Genesis and maybe a psalm or two.  So it seems only fitting that Jamawg’s first exploration is the Bible.

Problem 1 What`s Jamawg Doing

At its simplest I am  reading the Bible beginning with Genesis and writing about that process as I go.  A more nuanced answer is Jamawg is curious and frankly  I am not sure what I want to say about the Bible.  An even more detailed answer is,  the Bible has played and continues to play a major part in the fabric of Judeo-Christian culture, and many of the stories of art, music and literature have roots in the stories of the Bible, and therefore knowing the Bible better would be a good thing.

Problem 2  Someone Will Get Offended

Oh shit, I am probably going to offend someone.  That is not my intention and my hope is that regardless of your beliefs, you take this exploration in the benign spirit it is offered.  For those of you who already think that you are going to be offended, please stop reading now.  On a special note to my many Christian friends, I mean and intend no offense or insult.

Problem 3 Which Bible to Read

In my naivete, I thought I would just start with King James Version, as there cannot be that many versions of the Bible.  Ah, silly me.  In a quick tour of Google, I quickly encountered a cascade of acronyms.  Just a sample includes:

  • King James Version (KJV) and the New King James Version (NKJV)
  • Revised Standard Version (RSV) and New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  • American Standard Version (ASV) and the New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV) and Today’s New International Version (TNIV)
  • New Living Translation (NLV)
  • … And pages more

This is where I give thanks to Daniel Spratlin`s article  How should I choose a Bible version and Reese Currie`s article Comparing Bible Versions.

In keeping with the spirit of ‘In the absence of any real insight, let’s begin somewhere’, I have decided to begin with King James Version complete with begats, thees and thous.  For help, and trust me I am going to need it,  I will try the New King James Version (NKJV), and the New English Translation (NET).

Summary

The objective is vaguely known.  The destination is unclear.  I will probably offend someone.  I know the version I am going to read.  Sounds like an excellent beginning.

J / Jan, 2015

Update History

Update 2015-02-20, This page besides introducing this exploration, now also provides an access point where you can navigate to all the related (not the interludes) posts in order by book and chapter.

Update 2015-03-06, I continue to explore different ways of organizing this site and improving the navigation. With that in mind:

  • This is the new home page.
  • The previous welcome page has become the “About” page (see menu).
  • The links to the posts are now in reverse order. The image representing the most recent chapter written about is now the first image in the first row.
  • The links to the posts have been moved to the top of the page.

One thought on “Bible Exploration Home”

  1. Before embarking on your inquiry, or perhaps as you go, will you elucidate something of yourself, as inquirer? Everyone speaks (and writes, as in your case) from some point of view. What stance do you occupy in the world and what world view flows from that position? Are you an empirical scientist who see truth as based on physical evidence? Or do you tune keenly into the phenomenon of life experience where faith and perceived experience shape people’s truths . Or do you subscribe to construction-ism in which we create our own reality (truth)? Or critical theory in which hegemony and struggles of power are the truths worth examining? We all have our lenses on the world. What lens will you apply in your reading of the New Testament?

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