When the Bible talks about ritual purity and laws regarding clean and unclean practises, it’s vitally important to note the social context of such passages in order to attain a clearer understanding.
An exceptional introduction to a vital aspect of Biblical knowledge by fellow apologist James Bishop.
Much of our Biblical Studies course focuses on the art of biblical interpretation. We do this by analysing our biblical text via three key lenses: the world-behind-the-text, the world-of-the-text and the world-in-front-of-the-text. This builds a solid foundation upon which we can perform exegetical work. We shall touch on the importance of exegesis (interpreting a text) as well as very briefly on the three lenses just mentioned.
Why is interpretation necessary? Why is it important?
The obvious case is that the Bible, independent of the book we focus on, is an act of communication between an author (the sender) and an audience (the receivers). There is intentionality behind our biblical texts whether that would be the author trying to get his audience to change their minds or behaviour about circumstances. In other words, our authors have goals and reasons for why they are writing in the first place.
However, we must…
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It’s time to answer another quick Bible contradiction offered by the skeptics. This one is on the issue of God’s anger.
I see a lot of critics throw out verses of OT law in order to enforce the “barbaric” nature of the Bible. Are these laws truly disgusting, or did the ancients have something else in mind?
Worship is one of the biggest images of our faith’s identity. Hands lifted high. But isn’t it self-centred of God to create us just for this purpose, or is there something more?