In class, we talked a great deal about the Old Testament and history. I’m interested to see where you all are coming from. As I said, there is a spectrum of beliefs about the Old Testament and history. And, I fall somewhere in the middle.
What about you? How historically accurate do you think the Old Testament is? All of it? Some of it? None of it? In addition, have you grown up in a faith tradition that has made a significant issue of the historicity of the Bible? Or, has this issue played little to no role in your religious upbringing whether in a completely different faith tradition or if you were raised a-religiously?
There is no right or wrong answer here. As I mentioned on the first day of class, I work in a Catholic Church for a day job. So, I come to the Biblical text with a certain number of assumptions. But, I try my very best to synthesize what I believe theologically with what I learn about the Bible from any source whether from a secular or faith-based perspective. The point is getting to know you a bit with regard to your background and what beliefs about the Bible you bring to class.