I have been following these posts with avid interest. Pete is interviewing scholars who have come to a different understanding of the Bible than what they originally learned, often in childhood. I may have more to say later, but I will note each one of these scholars is really reacting to the same thing, a view of Scripture what was externally imposed on them, usually in a very strict fundamentalist or conservative evangelical environment. As they actually studied Scripture, the phenomena they observed did not match up to the expectations that their early inculcation led them to believe. Here is a sample of one of the posts:
But I will say that they are all worth reading, even if you find yourself disagreeing with the conclusions to which these scholars have come. I will have more to say later, I’m sure, but for now, this is valuable insight into why such changes occur.