Friends and the Bible


Friends and the Bible

Friends and fellow seekers discuss the Bible and its role in their spiritual life. Tag: bible

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Quaker Bible Index: Esther Greenleaf Mürer has worked since 1992 to compile "a comprehensive scripture index to early Quaker writings in print." The last time she posted a count she had cataloged 35,000 references! It's really a fantastic resource for those of us who want to understand how the Bible shaped the theology and world view of early Friends. Bonus: Quaker blogger Mark Wutka pulled together a list of the most quoted verses from the Quaker Bible Index. Blogger Kirk Wattles of has been using this service to tag verses that "mean the most to me, relating to Quaker faith and practice, particularly in the historical context." These includes references from William Penn, the Quaker Bible Index and Vail Palmer. Here's Kirk's eBible profile, which includes his links and his "friends," many of whom are active Quaker bloggers. This project comes from Friend Sue Jeffers, a professor at Earlham School of Religion and Bethany Theological Seminary, both in Richmond Indiana. She describes the site as "peace church bible study" and it has an extensive set of links.'s Friends and the Bible: Bill Samuel has a great page that starts with an explanation of how early Friends related to the Bible and then goes on to link four centuries of Quaker statements and testimonies! His Friends Christian Renewal listing is a great guide to some hard-to-find meetings and worship groups.

The Scriptures as Understood & Used by Conservative Friends: An introduction from Quakerspring, an annual gathering at Barnesville Ohio that brings visitors from across the Friendly spectrum.

Bible Reading in the Manner of Conservative Friends is a technique for using scripture in meeting for worship. In this interview Charles Martin of the Christian Friends Conference introduces it and explains it's particular utility in introducing Christ-centered worship to audiences not accustomed to it.

The photo above is George Fox's bible, photographed in Swarthmoor Hall, England.

Discussion Forum

Day of Visitation

Started by David McKay. Last reply by Forrest Curo 4th month 18, 2016. 17 Replies

Anyone with experience in this?

Started by Stephanie Stuckwisch. Last reply by David L. Hoffman 3rd month 10, 2010. 12 Replies

Hiding Leaven

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invitation, not sequentially-based.

Started by Forrest Curo 5th month 24, 2009. 0 Replies

Late start

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Comment by Angela Kurkiewicz on 10th mo. 8, 2011 at 10:48am
Just wanted to say hello! I have very little experience with the Bible itself (my grandmother would recite things from heart...and it was mostly from songs not actual bible verses anyways). I am currently reading the Gospel of John and am enjoying it immensely.
Comment by Stephanie Stuckwisch on 9th mo. 10, 2011 at 12:09pm

I just finished reading Douglas Gywn's latest book Conversation with Christ: Quaker Meditations on the Gospel of John.

In my experience, most people either skate along on the surface of this gospel or get lost in it's "gnostic tendencies". Gywn does neither. His approach is both intellectual AND experiential. Writings from early Quakers are used extensively. Each chapter ends with a guided conversation to draw the reader into their own conversation with Christ.

My multi-meeting Bible study will be using this book.

Comment by Rodney Guy Pharris on 4th mo. 18, 2011 at 10:39am

My teenage son wanted his own Bible awhile back, so we went down to a nearby Christian bookstore to Bible shop.  I haven't been in a Christian bookstore in a long time (I shop mostly on-line), and I was amazed at what I found in the Bible section.  The only phrase that comes to my mind is "dizzying array".  Not only were there versions and translations I had never heard of, but there were topical and theme Bibles to meet a multitude of different tastes and preferences.  The one Bible that stuck in my mind was the "Patriotic Bible".  I didn't pick it up and examine it, but it left me wondering, "Is there a different Patriotic Bible for, say, Canada? Mexico? Mongolia?"  Endless publishing and marketing opportunities, I suppose.  Fortunately for my son and me, the teen section narrowed our search, and my son soon zeroed in on the Bible he wanted.

As we left the store, I was very glad to be a Quaker.  I don't think I'm saying that in a holier-than-thou way, but in a simplistic way.  It is very telling that there is no such thing as a Quaker Bible commentary or a "Friends Study Bible".  It would not sell very well, in the first place.  More importantly,  the notes and comments would be very brief and probably repetitive--"Listen to your Teacher, that is all you need to know".  Hard to make a monetary profit from that.


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