Welcome to Talking Back!

How Do We Create a Meaningful Relationship with God Consistent with Science, History, and Culture?

Award-winning book presents author’s personal experience and the latest scholarly research in an inspirational approach to understanding the ministry of Jesus and the books of the Old Testament

Millennials seeking a new approach to spirituality, those who identify with the “emerging church” identified by Marcus Borg and others, anyone interested in Christ’s Jewishness and the elimination of anti-Jewish bias from Bible study, and women, LGBTs, and others who seek a Biblical approach that overcomes insistence on obedience to questionable Old Testament commands will be intrigued by the new book by Edward G. Simmons.

The award-winning Talking Back to the Bible: A Historian’s Approach to Bible Study offers stimulating and readable insight into the Bible in the form of scholarship and life experience based on a personal commitment to God as the source of meaning in the universe.


Welcome to the writings of Dr. Edward G. Simmons — a historian and teacher of wide-ranging experience and scholarship. He is also an accomplished speaker to groups of all sizes, ages, and interests. His most recent book is Talking Back to the Bible: A Historian’s Approach to Bible Study.

Here is a quick bio:

Dr. Edward G. Simmons was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1943. A graduate of Mercer University, he earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Simmons taught history at Appalachian State University until he was drafted to serve during the Vietnam era. Stationed in California, South Dakota, then Georgia, he served in the Air Force.

Following his military tenure, Dr. Simmons became an expert in the field of organizational management as a result of thirty-four years of service for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, during which, in addition to consulting for top-level managers in various state organizations, he continued to teach history part time at local colleges.

In retirement, he teaches history part time for Georgia Gwinnett College and Brenau University. He also continues to speak to professional, educational, and religious groups.



2017 Illumination Awards Gold Medalist


2017 Illumination Awards Medalists

Talking Back to the Bible – Gold Medal Winner

Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

4th Annual Awards

Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Illumination Book Awards. The awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

Illumination Book Awards are given in 20 categories. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each category.


GOLD: Talking Back to the Bible: A Historian’s Approach to Bible Study, by Edward G. Simmons (Dorrance Publishing)

SILVER: Redeemed for a Reason, by Amy Garner (Westbow Press)

BRONZE: Awake! Sleeping Giant: A Call to Arise to the Truth of Victorious Living, by Rosalie Gregory (Olive Orchard Press)

“Talking Back to the Bible can be a unique and useful tool in Christian education.” – Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. Jordan, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, Retired Elder United Methodist Church

“This is truly a remarkable text that has reminded me not to limit how we approach the various ways in which we study the Bible. I would recommend this book to anyone who has doubts about faith and life while on this journey we all walk.” – Rev. Shon Peppers, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA

“In working through the book I have enjoyed it and found it helpful with some new lenses to use in looking at the biblical narratives.” – Rev. Dr. J. Colin Harris, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Mercer University

“Talking Back to the Bible, is the most honest account of a spiritual journey that I have ever read.” – Dr. Andrea Croce Birch, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, Brenau University

EzineArticles by Edward G. Simmons


“The Prodigal Son and Forgiveness.” February 13, 2017,   http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Prodigal-Son-and-Forgiveness&id=9641892

“Solid or Fragile Faith?” March 23, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Solid-or-Fragile-Faith?&id=8968883.

“Jesus as a Popular Performer, Jewish Style,” March 4, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Jesus-As-a-Popular-Performer,-Jewish-Style&id=8945045.

“Is There Room for Agnostic Believers?” February 18, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-There-Room-for-Agnostic-Believers?&id=8929745.

“Fifty Years Make a Difference for Sam Oni,” February 18, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Fifty-Years-Make-a-Difference-for-Sam-Oni&id=8929313.

“Showing Respect by Talking Back to the Bible,” February 18, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Showing-Respect-by-Talking-Back-to-the-Bible&id=8928374.

“Ethical Lessons in Parables of Counting and Inclusion,” February 18, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Ethical-Lessons-in-Parables-of-Counting-and-Inclusion&id=8928341;


“Teamwork in Education,” April, 20, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Teamwork-in-Education&id=9001340.

“Open Communication: Its Power and Limits,” April, 1, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Open-Communication:-Its-Power-and-Limits&id=8979926.

Big History:

“Genesis, Creation, and Big History,” March 23, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Genesis,-Creation,-and-Big-History&id=8967659.

“Big Questions about Big History,” March 11, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?Big-Questions-About-Big-History&id=8953598.

“Big History and Donald Trump Changes,” February 13, 2017,  http://ezinearticles.com/?Big-History-and-Donald-Trump-Changes&id=9642564.

History and Politics:

“The Trump Alternative to ISIS,” February 13, 2017, http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Trump-Alternative-to-ISIS&id=9641943.

“How the Navy Saved D-Day,” March 2, 2015, http://ezinearticles.com/?How-the-Navy-Saved-D-Day&id=8942141.