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The Bible

Discussion in 'Non-Fiction Books' started by Roxbrough, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Roxbrough

    Roxbrough Member

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    Some would put it in one collumn while others would put it in another?
    Fact or Fiction?
    Or poetry?
    Or an historical document?
    Don't forget how many translations it has been through too?
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    I'm going to leave this, and see what response it gets. If it gets too heated ....
     
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    Peder Well-Known Member

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    Its own category. Same as, for example, biography, engineering, travel, science, cookbooks, dictionaries, history, childrens, YA, all of which had their separate categories on the shelves at my now defunct Borders bookstore and at my current Barnes and Noble pretty much.. :)
     
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    "Religious Text"
     
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    Yes, sacred texts along the lines of the Bhagavad Gita, Qu'ran, Torah, . . .
     
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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    Word.
     
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    Wars, milady. Wars so terrible the stench of them hangs in the air infinitum. Wars so long the original blows weren't even in memory when the last ones fell. Wars fought in the name of one god or another. Wars of righteous certitude. Wars, milady.

    Agree.
     
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    Not quite, when I read it.
     
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    Not the books, good sir, but the disagreements about them among men.
     
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    Ah! I clicked on a thread called The Bible and took that to be your referent. My goof! Sorry.
    Well then, among men? Still sounds like poetic hyperbole to me and at variance with its total impact on Western Civilization.
    As third possibility -- relating to forum discussions and Meadow's suspended comment, "If it gets too heated . . . ," -- he few times The Bible has been discussed here have been notably well behaved in my memory.
    But to each his own. :)
    Cheers
     
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    Ha! That's what you get for not reading the whole thread. :rofl
     
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    Ah, Swami says.
    Actually I had read the whole thread, and thought my response was appropriate since it was Meadows post that was quoted with the reply. But no big deal if you think you know what I was thinking. If you can follow that, now try divining the threads I don't read at all. :D
     
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    Yes. Exactly. I think most bookstores and libraries put it with religious reference books. Non-fiction. Reference.
    I've read it. The whole thing. Several times. It is worth it, just so you can tell when people argue it, who knows what they are actually talking about.
     
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    You'll have to keep in mind that the Bible is not just one book, but a collection of many; an anthology if you will. So, I'll have to say that it's many genres in one whole collection and, like others said, should be added to the "religious texts" pile.
     
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    If the bible is fiction or non-fiction? it depends on your faith, then it is a self-categorized book, it has no absolute category. Or belongs to both...
     
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    We must be cautious regarding reckless classification, lest we fall into an exercise of that validates the theory of solipsism. The part of the Bible can be divided into historical writing, poetical books, literature, as well as writings on law specific to the Hebrews. The issue of translation is a rather moot one. No one disputes the authenticity of Beowulf and undoubtedly, even it's interpretation today might be different due to wording that different linguistic systems use. The process of textual criticism is a rather rigorous process. I doubt the story of Abraham has changed significantly story wise from what was once, the original writing. Even with the passage of time and multiple interpretations, we have processes in place to get a good bead on what is legit and why it was written.
     
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    What you say is certainly correct. However, the more I see and think about the human condition here on Earth, the more I am convinced that almost any question of significance can be found already addressed in the Bible. There is a lot of truth in the assertion that 'there is nothing new under the sun'. Only the answers differ from then until now and, depending upon one's inclination, not all are inappropriate it seems to me. So, in what category might its subject matter place the Book (or books)? Moral guidance?
    I personally believe the book is worth reading (along with Beowulf, and Gilgamesh), no matter the category one places it in -- simply to know what is in it.
    Just saying.
     
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