If the Bible were not well written, I probably would not be a Christian. It seems to me that any book that claims to be the inspired word of God ought to have at least some literary merit (sorry, Book of Mormon!). I shouldn’t be a better writer than the Almighty.
Of course, I’m not. The Bible is a magnificent literary work, a wordsmith’s delight. When I’m studying with Shawn, it’s often the case that I’ll pause over a particular phrase and exclaim, “Oooh, that’s so pretty!”
I love it all, but perhaps more than any other part of the Bible, I love the gospels. The writing of the gospel authors is terse and understated, but like a master sketch artist, they can capture a likeness in half a dozen strokes. Consider the description of the lawyer in Luke 10:29 or Pilate’s rejoinder to Jesus in John 18:38. I learn more about those men in a phrase of Scripture than a volume written by an ordinary author could tell me. Continue reading