The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
it seems, will always be -biting at our heel | in the hope of getting to -compass us round
about | also.
But no sweat, that trusty old GPS can show us the way back no matter how far afield
we have gone! Right? Well, only up to a point, that is. Because, if our antenna becomes
broken or disconnected, no amount of signaling will be able to reach us. And if we don‘t
realize that this has happened, a certain hopelessness might begin to settle in, as we try
one do-it-yourself repair after another. If we don‘t get this connection fixed by someone
qualified in this kind of communications breakdown, then no amount of quick fixes, sold
to us on a -do it now pay later | basis, can save us from paying later.
Is this then the larger meaning that the parable points us toward? That‘s anybody‘s
guess, but maybe this is as large as our present understanding will permit.
We started out with Moses and a snake-on-a-pole in the desert, and by an odd
circuitous route ended up all over the lot of time and place, discovering in the process
that Yahweh, the Hebrew God of the Exodus, at an earlier time was called EL. The same
EL as had been found in ancient writings unearthed by archaeologists digging in and
around the ancient city of Ur. This seems to be a case of science clarifying what the Bible
had left uncertain about some of the many names that it has used to identify its Creator.
We have made more sense of the exodus of Abraham by tying it to circumstances
known to have existed through discoveries made by the archaeological process. We have
also added to our understanding of a possible effect that the belief in the single -God of
Abraham | might have had on a later revolt in the Egyptian pantheon of gods. In addition
we have come to a different kind of understanding of the nature of the story of the
-snake-in-the-desert. | It would appear to be more in the mode of another parable than a
literally true-in-every-detail story.
A serpent, for heaven‘s sake
by any other name
is still a snake
From Job to Jesus
A Seed of Abraham to the Son of God?
Metaphorical Figures vs Real People in the Bible
The book of Job appears in the Bible (NKJV and later) between Ester and Psalms.
Based on its location it appears to have been written during or just a fter the Babylonian
exile. To me the actual writer seems to be using a much older source. Because it seems to
be included in the -Wisdom Writings | portion of the Old Testament, it implies an older
source. While this is only a guess, its style seems to me to take on the flavor of a
recitation, as if it were already a product of an old oral history tradition.
I found it kind of difficult to read the Book of Job without the feeling that I was
reading some sort of morality tale as in the much earlier book of Noah, rather than a story
of real people doing real things. The major part of the book was a kind of debate between
friends that was taking place upon the -stage of life. | Each friend offered points of view