First: Many apologies for the long delay in posts. I have been distracted these last few weeks with moving back to college and my girlfriend coming home from the Middle East. That being said I have had some religious experiences that I am eager to share in the coming days…

When we last parted ways I had just brought my new bible home from the bookstore and since then it has taken to the other books quite nicely. It has been several weeks now since I started reading the book but I can say that it sat on my shelf for several days before I could actually start reading. I had toyed around with the first few pages but the thought of going all the way with this idea unnerved me. Up until that point I had been sure that the whole religion thing was a load of crock and that I was right, but now I had to face the fact that I might be wrong, or at least something about my ideas could be wrong. I don’t know everything in the Bible and it was time for me to know for sure. I wish I could say there was a more dramatic revelation or intellectual intervention that drove me off the proverbial cliff into this endeavor, but, there isn’t. I just slapped myself in the face and went on with it.

In an effort to experience all the Bible has to offer I decided to start with page one.

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Alright, that was easy. Next page.

There we go. After the title page there is a forward regarding the Second Edition of the book that I have and why the powers that be felt it necessary for a second version, then an explanation on the books of the Bible. This part was very helpful. For those of you who are not familiar with the Bible (like I am), the entire text is broken up into many smaller “books” with familiar names like “Genesis”, “Exodus”, “Lamentations”, etc. and a plethora of others bearing the names of those I assume to be the subject of the book. Apparently how these books are arranged in the Bible is also a big deal. The fact I have been provided with is that in Roman Catholic editions the order of their 46 books of the Old Testament has had over 200 arrangements over the years.

Another interesting fact provided by this second introduction comes out of the examination of the many faiths that use the texts found in the Bible. Because the Bible has many of these smaller “books” it is easy to see how some could be left out of other groups’ Bibles, and they are. Apparently there are councils that determine what goes in a Bible and what doesn’t. Makes sense to me, because, obviously, putting The Da Vinci Code in at the end of this thing would just make it way too big. I have heard people talk about lost gospels and conspiracies of intentional exemption of potentially incriminating documents, and it will be interesting to see where additional information could be helpful. I wonder what has been left out of my Bible…

After the aforementioned explanation there is another title page for the “Holy Bible” itself followed by an editor’s preface and a preface to the revised edition. I hope I don’t have to point out the irony of a “revised” edition of a Bible. This second preface provides some good insight though on the history of the Bible and how I have the version I have today. A guy named William Tyndale translated the first English Bible from Greek and Hebrew back around 1530. To thank Tyndale for all his great work the church had his efforts burned as “untrue translations”, executed him, and then burned him too (at the stake though). Eventually the church came around and the King James Bible (most famous) was created based on Tyndale’s work and the work that he inspired. With the addition of some more old manuscripts the King James Bible was revised into a form that is most common today. Hey, maybe if my blog is met with “bitter opposition” now, then in a few decades I’ll be made into a reformer of religion…disregard. I’m not down with the whole “execution” thing.

After an introduction to the Old Testament, where we learn that the Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible and known by Jewish persons as the “Torah”, I arrive at the first book of the Bible. Genesis. About time too. This thing has more beginnings than Return of the King has endings.

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