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My major in college was History, and I minored in biology, zoology, math, and chemistry. Most of my life I have been on one side of a desk or the other. My specialty is New Testament, in particular, The Gospels.

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When I lived in Chicago, I was able to audit classes in Religious Studies, at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. The Academics were in Bible History, Early Christian History, Comparative Religion. I could not enroll..... I had no BS at the time. But all the men teaching there were friend of my then husband, who had just finished all of his Ph. D work, and they at the Divinity School liked him so much that they hired him. I was always interested in why people believe as they do, so these friends---- professors and colleagues of my husband--- invited me to join their classes. I did all the work, turned in all the papers, attended all lectures, and learned lots of things all trained theologians learned. The course work was NOT devotional.... it was Historical/Critical, where one wishes to find out, "where did this story come from?" and "why was this or that important?". In the devotional style of biblical study, one searches for comforting phrases. That is never stressed at any Divinity School beyond any BA or BS. This is how Princeton's Divinity School works, how Harvard's Divinity School work...all of them. If one wishes the devotional approach, one goes to the Moody Bible Institute.

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I have a BA, and an MA

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2016-01-14 fig tree:

Hi Jennifer.....    Neat question.  And eons ago, when I taught school, we had a game called, "Can You Dig It"....meaning, can you do the research to find the answer to this question.  That might involved

2015-11-21 New Testament:

Every religion believes that it and it alone has the truth, and  each points  to a holy book, written by their god thru  the hands of men.  Each  believes that anyone not part of their religion automatically

2015-02-19 Early Christian History:

Please remember why the NT was even written..... to standardize Christianity.  There was no NT before the 300's. The Council of Nicaea, was called by Constantine to end the squabbling of sects that each

2014-08-18 an interesting one:

I have no OPINION of these passages, nor of your question..... say if you are asking me if those passages  are or are not true or if they conflict. (Most everything in the bible conflicts.... You can find

2014-08-18 an interesting one:

It is always risky to "cherry pick" a passage or two, then compare it to another "cherry picked" passage or two, to then come up with a conclusion of really what you think the two mean.    For example

 

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