The Bible is a source of great authority and it is also completely indecisive.
In today's lesson, Yale Divinity School professor Joel Baden points out some of the striking contradictions in the Bible as a means of illustrating that we are misguided in our reading of the Bible if we are looking for a singularity of purpose and meaning.
A close reading of the Bible, however, reveals that this text is founded on dialogue and not monologue. It was more important for the Bible's other to include multiple voices and opinions than to present one unified truth. And so in this sense, one of the fundamental lessons of the Bible is the idea of religious pluralism - the inclusion of differences, not their exclusion.