On May 4th, Dr. Jim Hood covered a range of mysteries related to the Bible including:
- The first edition of the King James Bible seemed to pay tribute to Shakespeare’s 46th birthday by placing the word “shakes” as the 46th word from the beginning and “peer” as the 46th word from the end of the 46th psalm.
- Much of the Old Testament passed down stories orally for generations so folks stories may have changes and adapted:
- The story of the great flood appears in all traditions in that region in the world, but only in the story of Noah is the concept of being saved because of his righteousness.
- In the Exodus story, 600,000 men went out of Egypt which likely meant 2.5 million men, women and children. A scholar (who probably had too much time on his hands), determined that if they walked 10 abreast, they would stretch 150 miles and take 8 or 9 days to pass one point. Yet there are no traces of the passage. Could they really have left in groups over 40 years instead of all at one time?
- The New Testament was written within 100 years of the events yet there are many differences between the narratives especially in the birth of Jesus and in the records of the time:
- There was no record of a killing of baby boys in Bethlehem.
- There is also no record of a Roman census and certainly no requirement to return to an ancestral city, which would have meant nothing to the Romans.
Jim’s words of wisdom for the Bible:
- Listen, very carefully
- Use all of it
- Proclaim it, making it available and relevant to us now
- Study it in community to understand other’s views.