Some years ago an orthodox rabbi confided in me: "Morris, you do not have to explain to me how you feel about Scripture. I have a similar appreciation. That is, we both take it seriously."
Still, there are many who do not share our high regard for Scripture. Such was the case of a librarian, who insisted that the Bible be catalogued under myth. He considered it nothing more than a collection of antiquated fables, not worthy of deliberate attention.
Granted, these are select instances. However, those sensitive to the advent of postmodernism will likely recognize their appropriateness. We have reached a point in time when encouraged to weigh divergent traditions as prospective guides for the future.
Why take the Bible seriously? This is a question I would direct to a mixed audience. First, those who are uncertain, and would like to give the matter some critical thought. Second, those who suppose that we should, but want to clarify their reasons for thinking so. Finally, those who hope to encourage others, and could use resource material. While I do not suppose these alternatives are exhaustive, they serve to set the stage for what ensues.
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