Difficulties of Bible ‘Immediately’ ‘The biblical God requires child sacrifices for his pleasure’ ‘The Ten Worst Verses of the Bible’ “Science is no substitute for religion” “The biblical God commanded genocide” A legacy of violence? Approaching Bible ‘contradictions’ Bart Ehrman, the text of the New Testament, and axe-grinding Bart Ehrman’s ‘Top Ten’ spurious verses Biblical teaching on war Disappointed with Jesus Do the resurrection accounts add up? Exodus – Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart? Genesis 22 – “Abraham, kill your son” Genesis 3 – traditional and revisionist readings Handling Bible difficulties Historical difficulties in the New Testament Intentional ‘contradictions’ in John’s writings Jesus: a ‘new and improved’ Moses? Judges 19:11-28 – The priest and the concubine Large numbers in the Old Testament Matthew 8:5/Luke 7:3 – Who asked Jesus to help? Moses – a confusing story? Old Testament violence: yes, let’s apply the hermeneutic of Jesus Once again: the destruction of the Canaanites Rethinking slavery in the Old Testament Seven Synoptic ‘Problems’ The abominations of the heathen The destruction of the Canaanites The destruction of the Canaanites: what does the New Testament say? The domesticated Bible The Sceptic’s Annotated Bible Those imprecatory psalms Urban legends of the Old Testament When, and where, was Jesus born?