Making sense of the Bible

by Adam hamilton


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In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as-

  • How and when was the Bible written?
  • Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why?
  • How literally must we read it?
  • And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
  • From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:
  • Were Adam and Eve real people?
  • Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
  • Why would Paul command women to "keep silent in the church"?
  • Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
  • How does God view homosexual people?
  • Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times?
  • In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.


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We have completed this study. At the beginning of the class we shared some of our questions. Here are the concerns and the chapters in which they were addresses-

  • What has always bothered you about the Bible? Where it’s addressed in Making Sense

    Death and destrucon in the OT .................................................Chapters 4, 22

    How Jesus could have called a woman a “dog” .....................Chapter 25

    Violence in the OT – the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah .......Chapters 4, 22

    Paul’s letters ........................................................................................ Chapters 9, 13

    OT makes no sense – all the violence and hatred..................Chapters 4, 22

    I don’t understand the OT stories and the in conflict with

    the NT.......................................................................................................Section I – The Nature of Scripture, esp. Ch. 6,7

    Why does our peaceful God tell us to go to war? ...................Chapters 4, 22

    Angry God/warlike ..............................................................................Chapter 22

    Jesus says I came to bring a sword Chapter 25

    Mayhem and horror stories, destrucon of Jericho Chapters 4, 22

    Rules for which you can be put to death Chapter 22

    Paul’s wrings about women and obeying government Chapter 27

    Resurrecon of the body Chapter 24

    Parable of the dishonest steward Chapter 25

    Mulple versions of the same story Chapters 11, 12, 24

    Exclusivity of Chrisan claims Chapter 26



Reading Schedule



September 29th- Read Chapter 27-32

  • Women Need Not Apply
  • Homosexuality and the Bible
  • Toward an Honest and Reverent View of Scripture
  • Postscript: Reading the Bible for All It's Worth

September 15th- Read Chapters 22-26

  • God's Violence in the Old Testament
  • Suffering, Divine Providence, and the Bible
  • Can We Trust the Gospel accounts of Jesus
  • Can We Trust the Gospel Accounts of Jesus
  • "No One Comes to the Father Except Through Me"?

September 8th- Read Chapters 19-21 Making Sense of the Bible's Challenging Passages

  • Science, the bible, and the Creation Stories
  • Were Adam and Eve Real People?
  • Were There Dinosaurs on the Ark?

September 1st- Review Chapters 14-18 Is the Bible Inspired?

August 25th- read Chapters 14-18 Is the Bible Inspired? Review Chapters 8-13

August 18th- read Chapters 8-13 New Testment

August 9th class please read Chapter 1-7.  Introduction  & Old Testament overview (Don't panic, the chapters are short!)