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November 2011

Bible Q & A Blog on Enter the Bible recently launched a dynamic new discussion feature, Bible Q & A Subscribers will become part of a monthly discussion with Luther Seminary faculty around the topic "everything you wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask."

Each post includes a 10-minute podcast, co-hosted by Luther Seminary professors Eric Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament and Kathryn Schifferdecker, associate professor of Old Testament. They also include an essay by Luther Seminary faculty in response to a commonly asked question about the Bible.

Ready to start learning? Check out November's question.

Which Bible should I buy? by Mark Throntveit, professor of Old Testament

Throntveit discusses the differences between word-for-word, meaning-for-meaning and optimal equivalency translations. Along the way, he talks about the King James Version, the New Revised Standard Version, the Contemporary English Bible and even the Klingon Language Version of the World English Bible. Read more

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Why isn't the Gospel of Thomas in the Bible? by Matt Skinner, associate professor of New Testament

The Gospel of Thomas isn't really "about" anything. Well, it isn't and it is. That's because the Gospel of Thomas doesn't tell a story. It's a collection, a list, of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, many just a sentence long. Read more

How is the Bible organized? by Karoline Lewis, assistant professor of preaching

Well, it depends on whose Bible you are talking about. If you are a mainline Protestant, that is, not Roman Catholic, your Bible is made up of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Read more

Why are there chapter and verse numbers? by Rolf Jacobson, associate professor of Old Testament

First, a little exercise. Think of a favorite Bible verse (for example, my theme verse is Psalm 94:8: Understand, Oh dullest of the people). Add the numbers together (example: 94+8=102). Multiply them by two, for the two testaments in the Bible (102x2 =204). Subtract 66 for the number of books in the Bible. Read more

Don't miss this fresh and informative series, offering you the opportunity to engage the Bible in a whole new way. Subscribe to Bible Q & A today!

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