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Message Subject I'm an Atheist. Why should I believe in a god? Which god? and why?
Poster Handle Don'tBeAfraid
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.... and Poetry.
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid

It isn't poetry, the short sentences are because God is speaking to little children with small attention spans. If anything most verses are a list so the Bible is like our rough draft but perfect where we never get a perfect document no matter how many drafts we produce.
 Quoting: MHz

Nonsense. The Bible is full of poetry. You're talking to a poet. It is remarkably lovely in places.

Some of the images like God hammering out the firmament in the Hebrew is totally lost in the translation to English.
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Here's an example from Job
Hast thou with [God] spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? (Job 37:18)

"The phrase “spread out” there is the Hebrew raqa, which means to beat or hammer out. The word “strong” is the Hebrew chazaq, which can mean strong, but can also mean firm or hard. The “molten looking glass” is a reference to a brass mirror. Job is a very old book, and at that time mirrors were not made from glass but from metal that was poured out, then beaten flat and polished. The Holman Christian Standard Bible® renders this verse, “Can you help God spread out the skies as hard as a cast metal mirror?” The New American Standard Bible® has it, “Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, strong as a molten mirror?”

That is poetic and is incredibly crafted. No one could say that was written for children.

This is why only a very deep study of the Bible makes any sense. Only with about five books minimum can you really get into it and let the language and idioms and history and ideas all flow through your Soul. Otherwise most people just don't get it.
 
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