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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

New Testament

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Open Letter to the Apostle Paul from a Concerned Reader

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Now, I know you believe, as we all do, that the Bible, being God’s word, is perfectly consistent all the way through, meaning it doesn’t mean one thing in the Old Testament and another thing when you quote it. It goes without saying that you respect the intention of the original author more than anyone, and you’d never mistreat the Bible like that.

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The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: The Virgin Shall Conceive

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Matthew interprets Isaiah creatively, not in keeping with what Isaiah meant. The child’s birth is not miraculous in Isaiah, but the deliverance of Judah from a military coalition is.

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The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: For Unto Us A Child Is Born

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Jesus isn’t true because he is miraculously predicted 700+ years before his birth. Rather, because Jesus is true, Israel’s story gets reframed around him.

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“Come Worship Our Crucified God”: Not the Best Lead for Starting an Ancient Religion

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

“Hi everyone! The one we worship was crucified by the Romans. Come follow us.” This might not be the best way to start a religion in the ancient world.

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Why It’s Important that Jesus Didn’t Know Everything

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Much is at stake theologically for Jesus not knowing everything. It means grappling with the implications of the incarnation, no matter how challenging those implications may be to our own theology.

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Zacchaeus: A Story of How to Get Saved—Every Day

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

If we think of salvation as a one-time deal, a transaction with God, the ways that the Bible speaks of salvation, save, savior, etc. (Old and New Testaments) won’t make very much sense—like this story of Zacchaeus.

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