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By D. Z. Phillips, Mario von der Ruhr

During this assortment, uncommon theologians and philosophers of faith discover the relation of key Biblical techniques to our international. They study more than a few innovations, together with authority, religion and heritage, the historic Jesus, the resurrection and miracles.

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I do not know this because I have discovered empirically that God does not write insipidly, or that he writes many things which are not at all striking, for I do not discover empirically that God is the author of any text. I have never read a text, found it rather exciting and convincing, and then discovered empirically that it was written by God. Rather, I will not in general say that God speaks to me in a text unless I find some feature 18 The Bible and Our World of it arresting and convincing.

I might find the publicly available meaning uninspiring, not hear the voice of God in it, yet believe that the text is the word of God to me. This may encourage me to seek a meaning in the text other than the publicly available meaning. 40 The Bible and Our World What is advocated here is the hermeneutical method of the Dead Sea Scrolls, exemplified in the pesharim, commentaries on Old Testaments books, for example the Habakkuk Commentary, which explains that the literal meaning was all that the all-too-human Habakkuk understood, whereas God himself intended more in the text than Habakkuk could grasp, namely the spiritual view of the fulfillment of the words of Habakkuk in the experience of the Qumran sect.

5), “the narrative is false,” “untrue” (p. 6). ” For it is not a history book at all, but a religious book from a mythopoeic culture, and hence must be interpreted as such, as any biblical scholar will tell you. But it is over against this intolerable characterization, as a straw man, that is set the religious reading, to which the reader of Moore’s essay should hence be eager to flee (p. 12): A religious reading of a biblical text treats it as – to use a common christian expression – the word of God, and so as containing a truth.

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