Vote For the Best Book in the Bible, Round 2 of 6

Round One is finished, and half the books in the Bible have survived. But only half of those survivors will make it to the third round. Vote here, until next Sunday. Please comment below with your thoughts! :)

Results from the first round are below, with my comments.

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Genesis is the obvious winner. Exodus is great, but the second half is mostly dry instructions about the tabernacle and its use, while Genesis is one of the oldest and most epic records of the human race. My fantasy bracket last week has Genesis making it to the final four.

Leviticus is underrated. It’s controversial, but thoroughly infused with Atonement imagery, and it demands careful reflection in a way that Numbers just doesn’t.

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Well, folks, you blew it with this one. Everybody likes the story of the battle of Jericho, but Joshua is a pretty romanticized text, with little real meat. Deuteronomy, on the other hand, is a series of verbatim speeches by Moses, often quoting God. How does that not win?

Good call on the other one, though. The tragedies of Judges–especially Samson–are worthwhile, but Ruth is one of the world’s first short stories, and an immersive drama, to boot.

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The fall of Saul and the rise of David is a solidly better text than the muddled tales which follow.

1 Kings has Elijah. That contest was over before it started.

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I don’t care at all for either of the Chronicles books, so my heart wasn’t in supporting either one.

You got the other one wrong, though. Esther is overrated, and the Ezra/Nehemiah duo tells a powerful tale of personal and national renewal.

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I know, choosing between Job and the Psalms is brutal, but you made the right pick. The psalms are immortal, period.

On the other hand, I think the proverbs tend to be redundant and often obscure, when they’re not being obvious. Ecclesiastes, however, is a great big-picture guide to life. It orients priorities better than Proverbs does.

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Song of Solomon vs. Isaiah. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Right?

The other one is basically Jeremiah vs. himself, and the main book obviously wins.

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Argh! This is the most frustrating one for me. Yes, Daniel is good–it has important and memorable stuff, but have you Daniel voters even read Ezekiel? It’s a huge masterpiece! An epic juggernaut of poetic prophecy! Read it and repent, please. :)

I agree with you about Hosea, though. Hosea rocks.

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Amos clearly wins here–poor Obadiah never had a chance.

Why Jonah, though? Do you just like famous stories? The book of Micah is beautiful. Give it another chance.

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Close contests here, and hard calls. You went against both my picks here, and I’d be interested in hearing why, but I guess these choices are defensible.

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Malachi is great, but you might be selling Zechariah short.

Matthew over Mark, the latter perhaps an early source for the former. In my fantasy bracket, I have Matthew going all the way.

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Alright, so you like John more. Fair enough. I love the Great Intercessory Prayer as much as the next guy, but I just think Luke is better written.

Romans is awesome, but Acts has to win here–it’s the Bible’s only post-gospels narrative. So much is there!

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1 Corinthians is incredible at every level–writing, doctrine, inspiration, importance. Its “sequel” just can’t hold up.

Ephesians is a little better than the also-strong Galatians.

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Philippians vs. Colossians is a super tough call. You didn’t go with my preference, but that’s OK. Both are excellent.

1 Thessalonians is amazing, and while 2 is also fantastic, they’re just not equally good.

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A tie! I’ll break it with my preference. No pair in the Bible may be as closely matched in quality as the two letters to Timothy, but the first just has a little more importance and inspiration to it.

Why was Titus vs. Philemon even close? Seriously? What’s the case for Philemon here? I just don’t get it.

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I know, I know, James is a special gem of a book, especially for Latter-day Saints, but how did Hebrews not win here? It’s an insanely powerful testament of the Atonement. It’s one of the deepest works in the whole Bible. Hebrews got robbed!

A tie between the Peters, for some reason, so I’ll choose. The first epistle is obviously stronger, I say.

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1 John is really great, easily better than the other two combined.

Revelation is, of course, a major masterpiece. There’s a lot more there than just predictions of the future. It’s a big deal.

 

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