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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Facebook Live with Pete Enns: Jesus and the Old Testament

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Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.


Questions that Pete addresses in this Facebook Live video:

  1. In the Christian’s common understanding of Isaiah 52 and 53 referring to Jesus the Messiah, is that an accurate and fair application?
  2. How do I talk to friends about double predestination?
  3. Where is the line drawn between prophecy and creative use of scripture?
  4. If Adam and the Genesis account of creation are merely allegorical and not literal, why should anyone believe the virgin birth and Jesus’ resurrection are literal and not allegorical as well?
  5. Is it okay to stay in a conservative community of people that I love even if my views have evolved?
  6. What’s the difference between how each of these would read the Bible: a Mystic, a Biblicist, and a historical-cultural theologian?
  7. Where do Pete and Jared place themselves positively on the theological map these days?
  8. What do we do with patriarchy in the Bible? How does the Bible support leadership roles for women?
  9. In light of biblical contradictions, what parts of Jesus’s story can be trusted?
  10. Where’s the Biologos equivalent for discussion and thought about homosexuality?
  11. Why does Judas have to betray Jesus?
  12. Who is the naked man that ran off in Mark 14:51?
  13. Can the Bible be understood by a “common” believer?

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