Tag Archive | Bible

The True Hermeneutic of the Church

Contra_Mundum on the Puritan Board:

We would expect the Bible itself to contain further directions, hints, and clues as to growing in appreciation of its message. As a complex book, there could be doubts as to its overall coherence. This raises the question of how the Bible was put together; is it a haphazard collection, more a product of time and accident? Or is it a deliberate collection, brought together on some principle of unity (even if one does not grasp it)? If one has found (has been given) an accurate orientation to it, then its coherence seems to show itself effortlessly in major things; and rewards further investigation on more obscure/minor things.

One of the major helps to judging the overall coherence of the Bible (developing a faithful hermeneutic) is finding how later human authors within the Bible express their understanding of previous revelation. Later OT writers express an “authoritative” interpretation of previous writers, beginning with Moses. We take it on faith (again, as a presupposition) that any purported prophet of a later era, who spoke “not according to this word,” was regarded by believers and preservers of the sacred text as unreliable. His word was not preserved, nor included in the growth of the canon.

This idea is extended into the NT/Apostolic age. Jesus’ interpretation is definitive, he is the Prophet par excellence, the One Moses commanded Israel not to miss or despise. He explained the OT entirely in reference to himself as the Chief Fulfillment. And so also labor the apostles to express the same in their Acts and epistles. The hermeneutic of the apostles becomes the true hermeneutic of the church. It gains an early, almost childlike expression in “the rule of faith,” the so-called “Apostles’ Creed.” This is the lens by which the Bible is to be interpreted, and the Bible is the judge of the church’s teaching.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-church-precedes-scripture-pedagogically.95743/, Comment 3

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No Cases Where It Has Been Proved Wrong

“…archaeology has confirmed countless passages which have been rejected by critics as unhistorical or contradictory to known facts…Yet archaeological discoveries have shown that these critical charges…are wrong and that the Bible is trustworthy in the very statements which have been set aside as untrustworthy…We do not know of any cases where the Bible has been proved wrong.”

– Dr. Joseph P. Free (Archaeology and Bible History, pp. 1, 2, 134)

Source: https://devosfromthehill.org/2013/12/10/the-uniqueness-of-the-bible-part-2/

It Has Often Led To Amazing Discoveries

“…it may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”

– Dr. Nelson Glueck (Rivers in the Desert, p. 31)

Source: https://devosfromthehill.org/2013/12/10/the-uniqueness-of-the-bible-part-2/

Why are there Only Four REAL Gospels?

Stand to Reason on extra-canonical gospels:

…But these weren’t the only Gospels about Jesus in the ancient world. In fact, we have discovered many other Gospels, like the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Philip, and so on.

Given the plethora of Gospels out there, why does the New Testament only include Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? What is so special about these four Gospels?

…Simply put, the four Gospels are the REAL Gospels of Jesus’ life because they were recognized widely in the early Church, they are the earliest Gospels we possess, they are apostolic, and they lack obvious embellishment

Read more: https://www.str.org/blog/why-there-are-only-four-real-gospels

All Washed Away Like Pharaoh’s Chariots

Sinai inscriptions verify the existence of Moses and the veracity of Exodus.  The inscriptions as deciphered by Douglas Petrovich in The World’s Oldest Alphabet:

“He sought occasion to cut away to barrenness our great number, our swelling without measure.” (Sinai 349)

“Our bond servitude had lingered. Moses then provoked astonishment. It is a year of astonishment.” (Sinai 361)

An insightful comment by Randolph Parrish on this discovery:

So much, then, for the JEPD theory of the Pentateuch (written, according to the theory, by a variety of late authors with varying concepts about the nature of God).  So much for the idea that the Israelites never lived in Egypt at all, or were just a group of wandering tribes who made up most of their history centuries later.  All washed away like Pharaoh’s chariots.

Source and read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/moses_vindicated_.html

The Best Set of Instructions

“I think that the Bible, properly understood…is the best…set of instructions that we have to understand what it would mean to live a life that would enable us to bear suffering nobly and to constrain malevolence.”

~Professor Jordan Peterson, at approximately 35:57 into this video (“Crazy Female Atheist CLASH With Jordan Peterson In Heated Debate”) (repeated and unnecessary words like “um” removed):

Did Matthew (27:9) falsely attribute a prophecy to Jeremiah that came from Zechariah (11:12-13)?

Many skeptics and liberal scholars have suggested that Matthew’s gospel contains an error:

Matthew 27:9–10
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

The quotation about the thirty pieces of silver is highly reminiscent of Zechariah, and it is, therefore, assumed that Matthew made a mistake…

Read more: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/mixed-prophets/