In googling a list of who was young in the Bible, this article popped up. At first glance, when reading the preamble, the thought occurred to me, “Wow, Ms. Beard has really nailed the condition of our contemporary culture.” Then when reading further into the article, it occurred to me that the language and vocabulary did not fit our culture.
In perusing the site just a bit further, it was discovered that the article was written in January 1917! Maybe things do not change as much as we think they do.
The article is just at 96 years old. Frederica Beard postulates that one of reasons young people do not read is because they see the Bible as mere precepts and not as story. In reading through the Bible in 90 Days, gobbling up so much material at a time, the idea that the Bible is story sure resonates.
* The Bible was not intended to be a sound bite.
* The Bible is not a selection of verses used out of context in a verbal battle.
*The Bible is not a sleep aid.
*The Bible is not a list of moral code.
The Bible is varied literary genre about Father’s interaction with humans. That interaction belongs in story. It belongs in humanizing the Bible. It is a real book– about real people– dealing with real life issues, problems, and challenges.
If you have the time to read the article, it is worth both the time and the fun. You will engage a writer from a divergent east coast perspective, yet more familiar than might be presumed.