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Everybody’s a (Biblical) Critic

Steve Wiggins addresses the fact that it seems everybody these days considers him or herself to be a Bible expert. (H/T: James McGrath) What this usually boils down to, however, is that everybody has opinions or beliefs about the Bible—whether they’ve actually read much (or any) of it or not. He illustrates this with reference to the use of (a highly expanded fictionalized version of) Ezekiel 25:17 in the film Pulp Fiction.

Politicians, rap artists, physicians, movie directors, and janitors are all experts on the Bible; why do we need those of us who’ve made it a life’s work? The answer, I believe, is that knowledge of the Bible is at an all-time low. Many venerate the Bible without understanding what it is. Until society gets a grasp on what it means to have so many experts on the Bible, everyone should ponder the meaning of the passage that reads…

For the record, Ezekiel 25:17 actually says,

I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful punishments. Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance on them.

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