“The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean?

Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts…

Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt to inculcate them into the Christian mythos telling them the stories of Abraham, Rahab, Paul, Silas, and the rest. Sometimes we read from our own leather-bound Bibles, but most nights we use books with titles like the The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Beginner’s Bible, and yes even one called Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses.

Read on at “How the Christian Media Industry Made “Bible” into a Category Instead of a Proper Name

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John Dyer

In my day job, I work at Dallas Theological Seminary, and at night I write Bible software for countries whose leaders could be called "overlords." This one time, I wrote a book about technology and Christian faith. You can find out more about what I'm up to at http://j.hn/.

4 thoughts on ““The Bible”: A book or a category of things?”

  1. Congratulations on your PhD program.

    As for “Bible” — I think anything that promotes humanity to greater love, for others, for the divine, is sacred. True Love has been available to all people throughout all time, whether they had access to the old Judeo-Xn stories, or not.

  2. “Big Baby” looks like he’s going through some personal problems.

    With its plot this movie will able to attract the attention of young viewers at wide range.
    The filmmakers make the most of the characters and
    settings without ever trying to teach us a lesson or make us cry.

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