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The same report issued by Research and Evaluation that described low participation in Bible study groups also reported a sharp increase in the percentage of ELCA members who believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible.
The concept of "original sin" central to many (but not all) Christian denominations interpretation of the Bible means everyone is doomed to hell who is not Christian.
The leader - known to his followers as Rav - founded the spiritual organisation in 1965 and was credited for popularising the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible.
Rowland's second and third chapters argue that the Illustrations to the Book of Job were "the acme of [Blake's] theological thinking" (13), emblematic of Blake's "biblical exegesis" (13), and "a heuristic lens to view Blake's theology and interpretation of the Bible as a whole" (15).
This is based on a specific interpretation of the Bible and in particular the account of creation in the book of Genesis.
A is for Adam" is counter-evolutionary in its interpretation of the Bible.
The bishop, who espouses a liberal, anti-fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, says the book needs more voices, Including those of women and visible minorities.
To atone for his sins, the 'Batman and Robin' star would fill "his shoes with gravel" and jump "off the top of his bunk bed, but he eventually decided that his interpretation of the bible allowed for self-pleasure.
The high point in the percentage of Americans favoring a literal interpretation of the Bible was 40%, recorded in 1980 and 1984.
While various religions and cultures have their own creation myths, mostly written back in the Bronze Age, there are now Creationists who are inventing pseudo-science based on their interpretation of the Bible or other ancient books, and attempting to wedge this into the teaching of evidence-based science.
Jenkins and Preston examine the issue of authority in relation to the translation and interpretation of the Bible based on the premise that the early Church's use of scripture in translation opened up questions concerning authority that remained unresolved and resurfaced in Europe in the first half of the sixteenth century.
Among specific topics are the Torah as a norm for redaction and interpretation, allegorical interpretation of scripture as exemplified by Philo of Alexandria, the sermons in the Books of Acts showing how the Old Testament is prophecy about Christ, Christ surpasses the Old Testament institutions in the Epistle to the Hebrews, early rabbinic interpretation of the Bible, the apostolic fathers, and Origen's way of the soul toward perfection.