I believe there is a need for a deeper critical study of scripture in our congregations. I have been told by some that the insights of the Historical Critical method, or literary criticism in general, were either too intimidating or too dry and academic to be welcomed at a popular level. I strongly disagree. In my experience as a pastor, writer, and teacher, people are eager to dig into meaty, substantive conversations about scripture that utilize all of the wealth of knowledge and methodology that has come from the academy. We just need resources that make this accessible.
That is what “Strange Book of Books” tries to be. This is a study which is more about how we study the Bible than what is in the Bible. My goal here is to provide discussion material and tools which introduce critical methodology to your small group, whether that group has been studying the Bible for years or just started today. In fact, those of us who think the Bible is really familiar may have the most to learn.
I want the Bible to recover its power to surprise you. I want the Bible to become strange again. I want people to read the Bible like explorers going into uncharted territory, rather than as Sunday School students who already know the answer to every question is Jesus.
The first episode of the series was released today. There will be an episode per week of this 10 part series online for free. Subscribe to the Theocademy channel to get them all as they come out. Very soon there will be HD versions with accompanying study guides available for small group leaders who would like to give it a try.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey.