posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 01:38 PM
By "literal" what exactly do you mean?
What language version -Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, German, English? Different parts of the bible were written in different languages and they have words
which have different or multiple meanings. Even the cadence and emphasis on different syllables can determine meanings.
What versions? The bible was compiled by various groups - all with their own agenda.
What culture? It was common in Jesus days for a wandering orator to go from town to town and give his speech. How many orators keep the same exact
speech from place to place? Could they not be modified or added to depending on the crowd being spoken to? Could Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have
heard slightly different speeches in different places?