Memorizing the Bible Books

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  1. william k says:

    Per my recent reading of Reza Aslan’s absorbing, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”, I recommend a look at some of Paul’s statements in the opening page(s) of Galatians, or say, in 2 Corinthians 11, and compare with the far more fiery and blunt message of the (short) Book of James.

    I went to parochial schools and I’m amazed how the very caustic differences between Paul’s (now broadly accepted) version of Christianity, and the core group, Jerusalem version of James, Peter, and John was so deftly ignored and paved over –in my experience, anyway. [The Jerusalem version of Christianity was extraordinarily critical of great wealth and those who hoarded it.]

    Particularly in a world today that increasingly mirrors the revolutionary conditions of greater Jerusalem circa 1st century B.C.E, I think a look back in time is eye opening.

    Thanks for the list, vj. I’ve been brushing up on my Bible lately so this is right on target for me!

    • william k says:

      One more thing…

      I should mention that there was a very public war being fought between the Jerusalem church, and Paul’s preachings which were distorting Jesus’ actual life and teachings quite radically. Not to say that Paul’s ideas on Christianity are without merit, but he was creating a new faith out of whole cloth.

  2. eric steele says:

    I was afraid this clip was going to go to where Manuel has only one chance to, to guess on the final question, and just stood there. Truly, he had a very slight chance of guessing the correct response, but he had no chance by not hitting the buzzer. It was just one more time that I yelled at my screen.