Friday, October 12, 2007
Friday Five: The B-I-B-L-E
Does everyone remember the old Sunday School song?
Oh, that's the book for me.
I take my stand on the Word of God,
I have been working on an expansive language version of the Psalms and the Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office/Breviary. (For you non-liturgical gals and pals, that's a set of prayers for morning, noon, evening, etc., mostly consisting of Psalms and other biblical texts).
So I have been thinking a lot about the Bible recently, and how we encounter it as God's Word--or don't--in our lives, prayer, and ministry. (Great minds think somewhat alike this week, as yesterday's Ask The Matriarch post dealt with ways to help as many people in a community as possible engage with a scriptural text in preparation for Sunday worship).
So, in that spirit, I offer my first Friday Five. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's experience and reflection on these B-I-B-L-E questions:
1. What is your earliest memory of encountering a biblical text?
2. What is your favorite biblical translation, and why? (You might have a few for different purposes).
3. What is your favorite book of the Bible? Your favorite verse/passage?
4. Which book of the Bible do you consider, in Luther's famous words about James, to be "an epistle of straw?" Which verse(s) make you want to scream?
5. Inclusive language in biblical translation and liturgical proclamation: for, against, or neutral?
Bonus: Back to the Psalms--which one best speaks the prayer of your heart?
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