Jesse, I appreciate your poem a lot. πŸ™‚ And you beat me to the punch elucidating on the redemptive historical approach (the term a human invention, but not the approach itself) to reading the Bible – I was going to write basically the same thing. πŸ™‚

One thing I would stress, though, is that the Bible is not a book of moral standards – so to state that the Proverbs are “just” proverbs, or “simply” proverbs, or “merely” proverbs would be misleading. A proverb is a proverb, so The Proverbs are proverbs as far as the definition goes for “proverbs.” But you’d have to drop “just/simply/merely.”

Oh, and, reading the Bible through a man-made lens can, and often has, and frequently does distort that sacred text’s sacred goal (not ultimately, in the big scheme of things, because God has it all worked out already – but for the individual reading it through a distorted lens, and for the people, animals, and things that person mistreats as a result – which means all of us, as both mistreaters and mistreated).

Katie, my previous post was the extent of a bomb aimed at Joel. πŸ™‚ It wasn’t sent because of the time Jesse would spend answering the poke, though. I wish for Jesse’s sake that more of you all responded occasionally to the long posts he so enjoys writing, the theological and philosophical topics he relishes thinking and discoursing about.

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