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Intro to the New Testament and its modern interpretation

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How do you understand the facts when reading the bible, that one must be aware of numerous differences in the literature, the historical time, and the expectations of the reader in the twenty first century?

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This solution discusses the problem that many people today have with accepting the New Testament given the expectations of the twenty first century reader. It addresses the dissonance between the minds of people today and those of the biblical past.

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One of the greatest challenges to the modern reader of the Bible is our distance from the events it presents. Since the world in which we live is one that is vastly different from that in which those of its era lived, it tests twenty-first century readers' abilities to suspend disbelief. Even a faithful contemporary reader is not so easily accepting of the phenomenal events of the biblical text. There are multiple examples of events in the literature of the Bible that complicate its ...

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