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Type “the Bible is like” into Google, and you will find a deluge of images to which the Bible is compared: a lion, a room in a house, a fully clothed person, Santa Claus, and sex, to name a few (let alone all the less-than-complimentary comparisons I found). In some ways, our perspectives on the Bible are no different than this list of hits. From the obscure to the ridiculous, the profound to the incomprehensible, we read the Bible with certain models, metaphors, or lenses.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Eric D. Barreto is assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Prior to joining Luther Seminary, he served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology.
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