The Bible as a True Narrative Representation

John Martin - Sodom and Gomorrah

I am still struggling with HG, so posting for now will be sporadic at best.  However, I recently managed to actually read through a book and retain some information from it (Yay!).

Here is one quote that stood out to me from the book, Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Famous City by Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne C. Scott on page 243:

If, in the cold reality of the twenty-first century, something long regarded as “mythical” can be proved to be historically present in the very dirt of a massive mound in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, then would not intellectual honesty require that the Bible itself be given a fresh, new look as a true narrative representation on its own terms?

Oller points out the implications of this: “If the Bible is true, since it extends from the creation to the end of time, it must be the basis for all TNR’s without exception.  If each of them is connected to space-time, and the Bible covers all of it, all of them are connected to the Bible.  If the Bible is true, all proofs must be consistent with it.”

NB: I found this book to be a fascinating read, although I do not endorse all of the authors’ views. For instance, I personally found this statement about John the Baptist on page 29 to be bizarre: “His captors had dragged this man, whose bones were made of insect shells and whose veins ran half honey, along these skidding stones and slammed him into one of the many caves that dot the slopes of the hill below the fortified compound.”  I’m sure I’ve read before that John the Baptist ate wild locusts and honey.  However, I don’t recall ever reading a claim that his bones were made of insect shells!


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