What Is 'The Good Word'?

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September 13-20 Podcast

John W. Martens asks what is the Bible and what does it mean to say it's inspired by God.
John W. Martens, an associate professor of theology at St. Thomas University and the principal blogger for "The Good Word," introduces America's Scripture blog by asking, what is the Bible? The answer depends on whether you are Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. Even among English speaking Catholics there is disagreement about which Biblical translation is the best. Professor Martens shares his favorite translation and his favorite book of the Bible. He also explores the deeper question of what it means to say the Bible is inspired by God.

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