Have you ever been confused by something you read in the Bible? Have you heard debates about the Bible and wondered what it was all about? Have you wished you had somebody who had really studied it to answer your questions? Welcome to Ask-a-Prof. We are temporarily suspending this program. Please check back in the spring when we hope to have it up and running again. In the meantime, please follow the link below for the Previous Questions and Answers. Thank you for your patience.
Follow the links to:
Can I Ask a Question?
How Will I Get My Answer?
Are There Rules About What I Can Ask?
Can I Ask a Particular Professor on the List?
Suppose I Don't Get an Answer?
How Long Will It Be Until I Get an Answer?
Do the Answers Reflect the Opinions of MassBible?
Anybody can ask a question. It doesn't have to be complex or profound--just sincere.
Your responses will be sent by MassBible to the e-mail address you provide. You may get one response or several and MBS will forward responses as we receive them from those answering. Responses will also be posted on the website.
There are only the normal rules of tact and courtesy. All questions are first received and evaluated by MassBible. Questions that have a simple factual answer (like "Where can I find the Ten Commandments?") will be answered by MBS staff, sent to you directly, and will not be posted on the site. Questions that contain offensive language will be returned to the questioner to either re-frame or withdraw. Questions that require a more complex response will be sent to our participating professors.
You can certainly request that a certain professor respond to your question and MassBible will pass along that request. We make no guarantee, however, that the person you selected will reply. Every professor will see every question and has the option to respond or not to each one.
The program is supspended at this point in time. Please check back in the spring, and do review the Previously Asked Questions and Answers.
Not necessarily. We do not edit the responses except for length and expect that all those reading the responses, including the staff and Trustees at MBS, will find some responses to be right in line with our own beliefs and some with which we would have strong disagreement. This is not about promoting one "right" interpretation. This is about showing that scholars can have a variety of opinions about any given issue in the Bible. We believe the responses should be just the beginning of your study. Take them to your study groups. Pray about them and ask for God's guidance. Bring discussions about them to our Facebook page. Enjoy the exploration! You can read the Massachusetts Bible Society's Statement on Scripture here.
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