Primates and their Bibles

Scholars who work with the Bible either study the Bible in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, OR use many different translations.

Non-professional Bible users usually use the translation their congregation uses. The translations these primates use are the same ones used by professional Bible users.

Different primates use the Bible to achieve different goals. Some use it to fit in with the group. Others use it to achieve status in the group. Some primates use it to demonstrate their Independence from the group. These are all valid uses of a Bible.

Where a primate puts its Bible tells you a lot about that individual. Some of us carry our Bibles to special meetings. Some of us put our Bible between copies of the Quran and the I Ching. Others put their Bibles between copies of Das Kapital and Mein Kampf. And other primates put the Bible on their coffee table all by itself.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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