What does the Bible teach? Well, pretty well anything, depending on who is speaking. Do we just accept what we were taught when we were young, or recite a few favourite texts and ignore the rest, or feel well and truly turned off by all the claims?

Here’s my potted history of biblical meaning. It is derived from a number of biblical scholars, the main one being John Barton.

Cartoon of bishop

This post is at the request of Laura Sykes, editor of Lay Anglicana. In a Facebook dialogue she published a cartoon, as below, mentioning that bishops move diagonally.

I haven’t completely forgotten my chess-playing days, so here is some more information. It may or may not be a helpful meditation on episcopacy today.