About This Blog/Christopher R. Smith bio

In this blog I write about the Bible not as a single volume divided into chapters and verses, but as a collection of individual creative works—that’s the thinking behind the title of my study guide series, Understanding the Books of the Bible.

Most of the posts on this blog are responses to questions I’ve been asked about the Bible—either through the blog itself, or else in person, by email, through Facebook, and so on. I always say, “There’s no such thing as a bad question about the Bible.”  That’s why this blog is called Good Question.

Any question I’ve been asked by someone else appears in bold type at the start of a post.  In a few other posts, I share my own ongoing reflections about the Bible, and those begin in regular type.  Either way, I write about what the Bible is and how it is supposed to guide the lives of followers of Jesus when we understand it as a collection of books, not as a compendium of chapters and verses.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I’m a writer, biblical scholar, and former pastor. I served local churches for nearly twenty years and then was a volunteer campus staff worker with Graduate InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Michigan State University.  I was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. (My study guide series is keyed to that format.) I’ve written a book called After Chapters and Verses: Engaging the Bible in the Coming Generations to explain how we can use the Bible, without chapters and verses, for reading, studying, preaching, and teaching.  I was one of the translators for The Voice Bible.

I have another blog, called Endless Mercies, that tells the story of God’s faithfulness to my wife Priscilla and me during her courageous 4-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). I have recently expanded this blog, by readers’ request, to include stories of our courtship and other adventures (more of these coming in the future!) and of God’s faithfulness to me in my bereavement.

I have an A.B. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in the History of Christian Life and Thought, with a minor concentration in Bible, from Boston College, in the joint program with Andover Newton Theological School.  I’ve published articles on the literary structures of biblical books in journals such as New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, and The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.  I’ve also written articles for The High Calling of Our Daily Work and Bible Study Magazine.

I hope you enjoy this blog, and if you have any questions about the Bible, please use the “ask a question” page to send them to me. (The time it takes me to respond will depend on the volume of questions received.) I also welcome comments on individual posts.  (Comments may be edited for length, tone, and content.)  Thanks!

3 thoughts on “About This Blog/Christopher R. Smith bio”

  1. I like this blog, and put forward my thoughts for scrutiny.
    The wise men find Mary in Bethlehem during her confinement
    Mary goes up to Jerusalem for the purification ritual 6 weeks after the birth
    The family flee to Egypt
    Sometime later say 3 to 6 months Herod realises the wise men have double crossed him.
    The weakness is that on this basis Joseph didn’t heed the warning from the wise men and it was not until his dream which happened maybe while they were at Jerusalem that they got the urgency. On this basi s the length of stay in Egypt not critical.
    I have also read the argument for the birth at 1 BC as this coincides with a lunar eclipse. I don’t understand why the exact date Of death of Herod is not known to help establish the date of the birth of Jesus. This all said the date of the census seems pretty conclusive unless there was another 3 years later.

  2. Apologizes for not showing my gratefulness to you, after I came across an article about “Take no thought(s) for tomorrow.” Thank you one more time Christopher for sharing God’s wisdom with others. I have a good ‘feeling’ about you and I bookmarked you, with the intention to ‘make profit’ of your spiritual contributions. I live in Indonesia since I have been retired in 2002. And here I’m serving my (local) church with music support. In the Netherlands I had ever been appointed as a Bible teacher by the Holy Spirit who used a visiting preacher/pastor, during a church service, to prophesy on me God’s will to be a teacher. Although I had never really attended theological college or academical modules, when preparing lessons for my Sunday school pupils and the Bible circles in our church, God’s Spirit opened my eyes and gave me a lot of wisdom (hikmat in Indonesian) to be shared with the people I’m responsible for. B.t.w. I retired from the RNAF (air force). For that reason I could not fully enlarge my knowledge from the Bible than by reading(and studying lots of Christian educative books and books about counseling, since God also directed me in that part of ministry. SO, Iwas/am (still studying) an autodidact and personal student of the Holy Spirit.). Till so far bro. One more time thanks and be blessed abundantly Christopher.

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