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#63 - Is the weekly Bible Lesson Study Aid denominational? Is

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.


Question/insight #63:

Is your weekly bible lessons tied in to a particular denomination? Are you affiliated with a known church, or are you simply a bible scholar who wishes to share his/her understanding with others?

Response #63:

Thanks for your note. You asked two questions:

(1) "Are your weekly Bible lessons tied in to a particular denomination?"

The weekly Bible Lesson Study Aid webpage ( is not itself a Bible Lesson. It is simply a study aid for the weekly Bible Lesson that is contained in the Christian Science Quarterly (published by The Christian Science Publishing Society, Boston, MA). The three "Essential Bible Lesson study materials" (the Quarterly, the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures [S&H]) and how to obtain them are described in detail at

(2) "Are you affiliated with a known church, or are you simply a Bible scholar who wishes to share his/her understanding with others?"

I was baptized as an infant in the Methodist Church and have been a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and branches thereof, for many years. As the homepage states:

By browsing the partial listing of my library at, you will see that my biblical resources include good, honest scholars from many different denominational traditions: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Church of England, Presbyterian, Jewish, and many other religious communities.

The BibleTexts Online Bible Commentary at is primarily a textual commentary of the entire Bible. As stated in its opening webpage, it "is based upon and has been carefully edited to be in complete agreement with the United Bible Societies' definitive Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Hebrew Old Testament) and Greek New Testament (Third and/or Fourth Revised Edition), and includes clarifications and corrections to the King James Version wording."

The many original webpage articles on the website rely heavily upon the exegetical, theological, archeological, and historical work of a broad range of internationally respected scholars.

The website reflects a special sensitivity to the Gospel demands and blessings of freedom, equality, justice, and unconditional love. These are included in the Gospel (Good News) of Christ, "the way, the truth, and the life." (See John 14:6.) Some of these demands and blessings are explored in the following webpages:

I am grateful to have been directly confronted by the above-mentioned Gospel demands and blessings, especially when serving as Big Brother, prison chaplain, refugee camp minister, Christian Science nurse, globe-hopping IT consultant and instructor (to people from over 40 countries on five continents), Sunday School teacher, community volunteer, husband, dad, and son. Each of those responsibilities have emphasized to me the vital relevance of actually living that Gospel. (See Matthew 7:21; John 8:31,32)

Yet ultimately the only real agenda of the website is honestly "exploring the original texts and early Christianity." As is noted at the conclusion of the webpage article at, a note that is repeated several times throughout the website:

[Note: One user wrote, "After looking at your web site this morning, I assume that you are a Christian Scientist. If this is the case I think it important to share with you the fact that I am not a big fan of Ms. Eddy's theology." To read the response, browse:]


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