Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Nature of the Bible

Creative interpretation in the New Testament

What Permanently Screwed Me Up About the Bible (But It Turned Out Well)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The New Testament writers had a habit of saying things about the Old Testament that are not in the Old Testament but are in these creative, Jewish writings of the period.

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Paul's biblical interpretation

Paul: Well, Technically Speaking, He’s Not REALLY “Winging It”

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

What we might call a fast and loose use of the Old Testament was for Paul and his contemporaries a normal and expected approach to biblical interpretation—creatively connecting the past with the present.

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My First Big, Can’t-Get-Out-Of-It, “Aha” Moment with the Bible

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I knew back then, as I do now, that the model of biblical interpretation I had been taught was not going to cut it if I was going to try to explain how my Bible works rather than defend a Bible that doesn’t exist.

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Hold Your Beliefs Lightly

Remember to Hold Your Beliefs Lightly: The Bible Says So

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The Old Testament models an intentionally innovative, adaptive, and contemporizing theological dynamic—a recasting of the past to speak to the changing present and for a vision for the future.

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3 Reasons Why the Bible Is Worth It

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I think the Bible is worthy of our adult attention, worthy of serious study and reflection, not because it provides a course-of-life syllabus for us, but precisely because it doesn’t: the Bible difficult, challenging, and difficult to wrap our arms around.

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Church diversity is the key to the Bible

A Very Brief Thought for Today on How the Bible Works, Which Will Change Your Life

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Just as the church is made up of all sorts of people with different personalities, different histories, and different and conflicting perspectives, so is the Bible.

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