Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
By Marcus J. Borg

Have you seen the movie Shrek?  Do you remember when Shrek tells Donkey that ogres are like onions–with lots of layers?  Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, you peel away another layer and discover something
different.

While he doesn’t talk about ogres and onions, in Reading the Bible Again, Marcus Borg helps peel away the layers of what we might think we understand about the Bible, and
introduces a different way to think about it.  Borg encourages us to move from a “literal-factual” way of reading the Bible to a “historical-metaphorical” way of reading.  In this way of reading the Bible, the point of the creation story is not how long each day was when God was creating the earth, but rather that God is the source of all that is.

Borg then helps uncover the themes that run through the Bible about what it is to be human and how our relationship with God affects our experience of life on earth.

Submitted by Ann Smith