Let me tell you a Bible story. In this story you’ll hear why you think the Bible is backwards and xenophobic; but is more progressive than you’ll ever be; why we need to listen to our Jewish cousins when we study Scripture; and why chronological Bibles suck.

Ezra 9 tells the story of Israel’s people returned from exile in Babylon, rebuilding their society in and near Jersualem. But — gasp — the Israelites are intermarrying with foreign…