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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Violence of God

a brief word on how to handle shocking things we read in the Bible (or, “Go, Rowan”)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The Bible is, you might say, God telling us a parable or a whole sequence of parables. God is saying, ‘This is how people heard me, saw me, responded to […]

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a quick comment on why biblical literalism makes baby Jesus cry

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

A few days ago (October 23 to be exact) my homie Brad Jersak posted on his Facebook page the following proposal. I thought it was an interesting—and even vital—point to make, and so […]

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Game of Thrones and the Bible—a thought about violence

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Yes, I watch Game of Thrones. So do you. It’s a great storyline especially if you can get past the first 2 seasons, which are basically pornography—although, I also get […]

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reading the old testament

“People Are Just Dying All over the Place”—Reading the Old Testament Historical Books

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

This semester I’ll be teaching a course on the Old Testament “historical books”—Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah. (I cover Chronicles as part […]

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Paris, ISIS, and the Christian responsibility to wrestle with biblical violence

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I found it hard to get to sleep last night. The horror in Paris is to say the least unsettling and disorienting. What is happening in our world? How can it […]

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a brief thought on John Dominic Crossan’s new book on the Bible and God’s violence

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

A few weeks ago I read John Dominic Crossan’s new book How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation, and […]

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Everyday Life in Ancient Israel