Chris Tessone posted these set of questions. I'm a sucker and of course want to have a go at these questions.
1. What translation of the Bible do you like best?
I still have the NRSV Bible my pastor gave me when I graduated from high school but in the last number of years I've been taken by the majesty of the New English Bible. It's the UK equivalent to the RSV, but it sounds like the language of scripture.
2. Old or New Testament?
I like bits of both. And get scared of bits of both.
3. Favorite Book of the Bible?
Big fan of the prophets but I'd have to say 1 Corinthians. Paul combines the religious genius of Rome, Greece, and Judaism and it's on display as Paul seeks to build and sustain community.
4. Favorite Chapter?
1 Corinthians 12 with the idea of the church as a body, though Paul's engagement with Roman thought in Acts 17 has drawn me recently.
5. Favorite Verse? (feel free to explain yourself if you have to)
1 Corinthians 13:12 "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known"- a passage for humility if there ever was one. Not a bad one to keep in mind.
6. Bible character you think you’re most like?
I hate to steal from Bob Cornwall, doubting Thomas sounds like a good candidate. To be honest I've never considered this question before. Bible characters always strike me as bigger than life and that's not a way I've ever considered myself.
7. One thing from the Bible that confuses you?
Job: is it dealing with the problem of evil? What's up with that ending? I admire Job's audacity to presume that there must be a moral order such that he can question it, demand answers when life is unjust to him. But much of the story is unsatisfying.
8. Moses or Paul?
Paul: his concern for community is a key for me today and the sources of his thought have more connection with the western tradition. Moses is hard to locate, a bit buried in time and myth.
9. A teaching from the Bible that you struggle with or don’t get?
Redemption, blood atonement whether in the Hebrew Scriptures or in the New Testament, the scapegoat concept: there is something that strikes me as false in this picture but it would take me a while to fill that out. A future post perhaps.
I believe God was in Christ reconciling the world, the need for such reconciliation is ever present as the recent discussion of race gives evidences of. But I've never been able to work with theories of blood sacrifice in making sense of that concept.
10. Coolest name in the Bible?
Genesis 14:18a "Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram..." I'd have to say that name is the coolest one that comes to mind.