Welcome to Exploring Our Biblical Heritages
Exploring Our Biblical Heritages is a science-based educational approach for reading the Bible. The Biblical Heritage Center, Inc. is not a religious organization, therefore we do not require people to accept, adopt or believe an institutional theology. We do expect those who participate with others in our explorations to agree to follow this guideline:
My belief system will be large enough to include all facts,
open enough to be examined and questioned,
and flexible enough to change if errors or new facts are discovered.
This guideline creates the open and safe environment required for exploring the biblical text. It also gives all participants permission to examine and question each other’s beliefs and a plan for what happens if errors or new facts are discovered.
Explorers Have a Variety of Beliefs About the Bible
All Explorers of Biblical Heritages have beliefs about Bibles, while most Explorers also have beliefs based on the words in their Bible. Unlike Bible studies that take place in religious institutions, our explorations have participants that range from religious people to atheists. Religious people and atheists both have beliefs about Bibles, but they are usually polar-opposite beliefs. Religious people have beliefs about God based on words of their Bibles, while atheists do not.
Belief about Bibles range from believing
“the Bible is the inerrant infallible Word of God”
to believing “all Bibles are total fiction.”
One fact that all Bible readers agree on is -- “Bibles are books with words.” Another fact is that there are rules that govern how those words are understood and communicated. Without those rules, the communication process would not work. We created linguistic models to guide Explorers as they work with the words in Bibles (or anywhere else).
1. Identify the Source (author or speaker).
2. Identify the Receptor (reader or hearer).
3. Identify the Symbols or Sounds (language).
4. Identify the Bundle of Associations attached to the symbols or sounds (Source’s culture, time period, geographical location, personal experiences).
5. Identify the Context (the environment in which a word or phrase appears).
Exploring Biblical Heritages
Biblical Heritages are belief systems, movements, institutions, and religions that are linked to Christian and Jewish Scriptures that are in the Bible. We explore them by discovering their origins and following their histories on timelines. This allows us to track changes over time and understand how beliefs evolve. Developing the Exploring Skills above will transform your understanding of the words of in your Bible. Using these skills, you will see things that you haven’t been able to see before.
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