Mid-Term Review

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Print syllabus quiz – and syllabus – counts for 5 points: OLD TESTAMENT – MID-TERM EXAM REVIEW
(1.1.1) What are the names of the two methods of interpreting Scripture, and which of these interprets the Bible at face value?

Answer: Traditional View (accepts Bible at face value)
and Modern View.
Our text book outlines two methods of interpreting Scripture, the Traditional View and the Modern View. The difference between these is that the Traditional View accepts and interprets the Bible at face value. The Traditional View

In accepting the Traditional View of biblical interpretation, the student makes the following assumptions about the Bible: 1. Accepts the biblical documents at face value;
2. Assumes the documents are historical;
3. Synthesizes the material and weaves together;
4. Weighs and evaluates biblical documents.
Christianity teaches that the universe was created by God. There are a number of scriptures which teach that Jesus Christ Himself was actually the Creator. For example, in Colossians 1:15-18 Paul speaks of Jesus when he writes. Also, the writer to the Hebrews in 1:1-4 says much the same thing. There is the same thought again, the Creator and the Upholder. Now, if God has created the universe and has placed mankind on this earth, the question arises as to how He would communicate with this creature. How would He make Himself known to His creature? It is unthinkable that God would create the universe, put mankind upon it, and then have nothing whatsoever to do with Him. It is inevitable that such a Creator would communicate with His creation. How has He done so? He communicates through His inspired word—the Bible. There are various meanings attached to the term "inspiration of Scripture" which require some explanation. Following is one definition of “inspiration of Scripture” that is supported by many biblical scholars: God so supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture that without waiving their human intelligence, literary style, or personal feelings, His complete and coherent message to man was recorded with perfect accuracy, the very words of the original Scripture bearing the authority of divine authorship. Now notice some important features of this definition. In the first place, by “inspiration of Scripture,” we do not mean that Scripture was dictated from God to man as an executive would dictate a letter to an assistant. There have been those who adopted this view and there are still a few around today. In the definition, we said that God did not waive the human intelligence of man, the literary style of man, or the personal feelings of man. God allowed man to develop his own vocabulary, his own literary style, and his own background of experiences. And yet God was so superintending this whole process that eventually when man—whether he be Moses, Paul, or whoever—sat down to write Scripture, he spontaneously wrote the Word of God. This is what we mean by the inspiration of Scripture. Notice also in our definition, that inspiration extends only to the original manuscripts of Scripture. These are sometimes called the autographs. Most theologians will not insist that the copies of these manuscripts were inspired. Nor will they insist that the current translations from these manuscripts are "inspired." There are errors in our modern translations. There are errors even in the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts which we have today. But this definition says that the original manuscripts of Scripture were inspired of God and are thus inerrant, i.e., without fault as God saw them. This would seem to put us in a very bad position then. If only the original manuscripts are inspired and we do not have the original manuscripts, then surely all is lost. But this is not the case at all. Although we do not have the original manuscripts, we have literally thousands of complete or partial copies. Plus, for generations scholars have engaged in the science of...
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