First Time Readers
I have laid out ten principles to keep in mind when reading a Biblical text, especially the narratives that stretch from Genesis through Kings. They do not all apply to every text, but can provide the first set of questions to ask to understand the literary structure of what you are seeing. (learn more »)

The Lighter Side
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Audio Clips
Although it is not clear how much of the Hebrew Bible has oral roots, much of the text is written in a style that takes close note of sound—repetition, plays on words, allusions, and the like. Even outside of poetry—in prose narratives and in many legal and ritual texts as well—the rhythm of the words is frequently an important component of meaning. The Bible is thus great art as well as a foundational text, but this is not always brought out by reading in translation, or even by conventional reading of the Hebrew. (learn more »)

Film Clips
There are two film excerpts which, over the years, I’ve come to regard as wonderful examples of English diction and classic readings of the Bible. (learn more »)

Studying/Teaching Bible
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