How do we read and study the Bible? How hard should we work to pin down the meaning of every last detail, and is that even possible? This is where our thoughts are drifting in this episode, especially in Leviticus 8 and in a spot of light textual criticism in 1 Corinthians 16. Listen in and be prepared to let go of some certainty in exchange for a firmer biblical foundation.

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It's maybe counter-intuitive to suggest that knowing less about the Bible and its narratives can put us in a better position to read and appreciate it honestly, but that's been my experience. Once we've recognised where there are holes in what we know - or even where there might be gaps that can never be filled - we're much better able to focus on how each scripture informs the bigger picture of faith and revelation.

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Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar; Zenger, Erich; tr. Maloney, Linda M. (2005). Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150, Hermeneia — A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press.
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Thiselton, Anthony C. (2000). The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text, New International Greek Testament commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
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episode #50, including Exodus 28 with the instructions for clothing the priests


Leviticus 8, Exodus 28, Psalm 107, Psalm 106, 1 Corinthians 16, Acts 18:2, HRMNEIA19CPS, NIGTC1COR