What is the Bible?

aConsider the following when considering the Bible…

Form: How does the bible as individual texts and as a collective corpus appear to us, and how did it appear to the ancients?

Matter: What is the physicality of the Bible? Why a written book and not a collection of oral stories or inscriptions on clay?

Function: As a physical object it was meant to serve a purpose, but that purpose is both physical and spiritual. What is it?

Material: The Bible as a physical object is related to its matter. But the stories represent a material composition. How were these made and to what end?

Cause: The Bible was created and like anything created it serves a function. That function can only be fully understood when we begin to understand what the ultimate purpose of the Bible is? Why do we have it and why does it matter? Is it merely to instruct or is it to save?

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