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There are some parts of the Bible that make perfectly good sense to me.  When I read Matthew, I have (or think I do) a pretty good grasp of what is going on, why the author does things a certain way.  Job?  Not that confusing, really, once you have a decent orientation to what’s going on. 

This doesn’t mean, of course, that there aren’t confusing parts of these books.  No one has all the answers, mostly certainly not a 31-year old with some education and a blog.  For instance, I still scratch my head at the “doubling” effect Matthew has in his gospel when compared to some others (e.g., the two demon-possessed men of 8:28-34).  But by and large, Matthew’s gospel does not leave me perplexed.

But there are some that do.  Here is a quick list of three books of the Bible that confuse me.

1) Daniel.  I have a decent grasp of bits and pieces of Daniel.  But then you get things like the seventy “sevens” (9:20-27) or these random angels/princes/whatever they are.  And I have no clue how the book as a whole fits together.  I’ve been putting off studying this book of the Bible (for which I was named, by the way) for a while.  I had hoped to do an independent study on Daniel at Gordon-Conwell with Dr Duane Garrett, but he left for Southern Seminary before I could jump on it.  My ignorance remains.

2) 2 Corinthians.  Again, I know bits and pieces of this letter fairly well.  But I find chapter 3 confusing, same with most of chapters 4 and 5.  2 Corinthians is treated like the Fredo Corleone of the Corinthians letter family (okay, bad analogy, since 1 Corinthians is the only other member of the family).  I can’t keep up with all the good 1 Corinthians commentaries out there, while 2 Corinthians begs for someone to notice.  Let’s try a different analogy- 1 Corinthians : 2 Corinthians :: Marcia Brady : Jan Brady.  Better?

3) Colossians.  What exactly is the problem Paul is addressing here?  What false teachings were happening?  What I find most interesting is that I know Ephesians fairly well, and despite the fact that scholars are so quick to point out there similarities, I still find Colossians a bit more confusing.  I’m starting to think they are more different than many realize.

So there you go.  The issue with these three books is this: I haven’t taken the time to study them.  A year ago Ezekiel would have made this list, but since I determined to spend time in it I’ve grown to understand what is going on.  This is why my list may be entirely different from someone else’s.  I know many would put Leviticus or Numbers on their list, and certainly Revelation.  But I’ve spent more time studying the Pentateuch and Revelation than just about any other section of Scripture.  So while portions of Revelation still leave me wondering, it is not a complete mystery.

What about you?  What books of the Bible do you find most confusing?  Any plans to rectify this problem?

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