My new Bible Project

All Christians begin their theological reflection with a reference to the Bible.  All my life I have tried to understand the Christian message of the Bible.  As an emeritus professor of religious studies, I began my retirement blog Bible project at the age of 74 in 2013, by reading the bible in the French version of the Jerusalem Bible.  I finished my project yesterday on February 5, 2023.  It took me almost ten years to read, translate and comment on the various books of the New and Old Testament.  I went through the Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, and then verse by verse in the Greek New Testament.  I was not sure that I would live to finish this, but I did.  The Bible is still the most published book of all time, existing in virtually every human language.  People even have it on their I-phones. One of the first books printed from the original German Guttenberg Press in the fifteenth century (1440) was a Latin Vulgate copy of the Bible.  I actually saw the Guttenberg Bible in person when I was in Mainz, Germany, a few years ago.  What a strange great literary work, or more precisely a series of books, that has had a profound effect on the world.  The Bible is not one book but a series of books put together.  In fact, most of the great literary books of Western European civilization assume some biblical knowledge.  The Bible serves as the source book or “Word of God” for over two billion Christians.  Now that I am finished, what am I going to do now?


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