Why Study Ancient Texts Outside the Bible?

| September 3, 2013

It may seem amiss for this blog to recommend the reading and study of books external to the Bible – anything “non-canonical” or “uninspired.” Actually, it isn’t. This blog is called the Naked Bible because I want to present the Bible unfiltered through creeds and traditions that are imposed on it or presumably distilled from […]

New Logos Resource Series for Understanding Biblical Criticism

| March 16, 2013

The Logos Bible Software blog announced a pre-pub today for a four-volume book series (with ample visuals and info-graphics) that I’m excited about. Its aim is to educate (in plain language) non-specialists in the methods of biblical criticism scholars use with regularity in commentaries and journal articles. I don’t contribute to the series. Rather, other […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 027: What is a Proverb?

| October 6, 2012

In the last podcast episode we continued our series on studying the Bible in light of its various types of literature – its literary genres. We looked at parables and offered some guidelines for interpreting them. In this episode, we’re going to briefly look at another familiar type of biblical literature that is at times […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 024: The Bible’s Literary Context: Historical Annals

| September 10, 2012

In the last podcast episode we continued our series on studying the Bible in a way that amounts to more than reading by taking a look at the legal genre in Old Testament books. This time I focus on another genre – military annals. I think the best way of illustrating how this genre can […]

Study Your Bible; Don’t Read it to Forget It: Naked Bible Podcast Series

| August 18, 2012

That’s the theme of the podcast series I started several weeks ago. Most people either simply read the Bible like a cereal box, with no intent to analyze it, or like a textbook, which is sure to kill off curiosity. I began the series talking about how critical it is to take the Bible in its […]