I plan to begin posting occasional week-end re-blogs (WERBS) of the best blog posts I read about Jesus or baggage issues, or those that make a big impact on me.
My first WERB is from Rob Bell called What is the Bible? After introducing his Bible series, Rob Bell writes:
Someone wrote something down.
Obvious, but true. And an important starting point.
The Bible did not drop out of the sky, it was written by people.
Again, obvious, but it helps ground us in how to begin thinking about what the Bible is. Many of the stories in the Bible began as oral traditions, handed down from generation to generation until someone collected them, edited them, and actually wrote them down, sometimes hundreds of years later. That’s years and years of people sitting around fires and walking along hot dusty roads and gathering together to hear and discuss and debate and wrestle with these stories.
The people who wrote these books had lots of material to choose from. There were lots of stories floating around, lots of accounts being handed down, lots of material to include. Or not include.
At 1650 words the post is longer than average, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.