Previous Sunday morning posts explored was Christians would call part of their epistemology--that a supreme being who dwells in a spiritual dimension has communicated with human beings through sundry kinds of revelation. Some of these accounts were written down and organized into a collection of sacred writings that the Christians call the Bible--from byblos or books.
For those who experience exasperation about where to begin reading the bible or how its editors structured it, here is my very unoriginal take on it. Of course, this conforms to conventional Christian beliefs about authorship and dating.
The Law: Genesis through Deuteronomy
Pre-Exile History: Joshua through 2 Chronicles (Exile refers to Babylonian captivity)
Post-Exile History: Ezra through Esther
Wisdom Books: Job through Song of Songs
Major Prophets: Isaiah through Daniel
Pre-Exile Minor Prophets: Hosea through Zephaniah
Post-Exile Minor Prophets: Haggai through Malachi
Over the next few weeks or months, the The Rational Right will take a cursory look at particular accounts in the Biblical narrative and assess the veracity of its claims. Does the Bible have much to say to people living today in a 21st century commercial republic?