Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Nature of the Bible

The Bible sends us on a Path of Wisdom

The Path of Wisdom: The Bible Actually Invites Us on a Quest

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

If we take Scripture seriously, we will find our expectations challenged & come to see that the Bible invites us to join an ancient sacred quest to follow the path of Wisdom.

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Oatmeal is a good illustration for contradictions in the Bible

There are No Contradictions in the Bible (Yeah, You Heard Me)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

1. If I say, “I hate oatmeal” and then turn to someone else and say “I love oatmeal,” I am contradicting myself. 2. If I said 20 years ago “I […]

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Facebook Live with Pete Enns: Jesus and the Old Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Questions that Pete addresses in this Facebook Live video: In the Christian’s common understanding of Isaiah 52 and 53 referring to Jesus the Messiah, is that an accurate and fair application? […]

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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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