Today we begin with Matthew 1. Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start . . . (as the song goes.) First my biases when it comes to scripture. I consider the Bible to be a human construction. Period. It is the record of Judaism and Christianity's search for God and their struggle to know God. It is our core document and our sacred story. Inspiration by God is apparent throughout but I don't see inspiration present in every single story. The assembly of the canon as we know it was also the work of human hands. Like the Jewish people, I believe we are called to wrestle and dance with scripture. WC members with different approaches are most welcome to post on these threads. Right now I am not seeking to debate how we read the Bible. I am interested in what everyone takes away from the passages. I am personally growing weary of the literal vs. metaphorical discussion. Marcus Borg's words about metaphor were most encouraging to me when I first read them but that was several years ago. As I read through the gospels I will try to keep my mind open to whatever they might be saying to me. In particular, I am looking for answers to my questions about the faith perspective of Jesus of Nazareth. On another thread @Mendalla pointed out I seemed to be using the lens of His humanity rather than His Divinity. I think this is another bias of mine although my Christology is not the lowest you will find around here.