The question, then, is how biblical literature makes assertions about the way things are. Let me count the ways: through myth, legend, and chronicle; through the description of the bios of a people and individuals thereof; through the critique of prescription (torah) and prediction (prophecy); through satire, parody, and parable (e.g., Jonah, Esther, and the parables of Jotham and Nathan); through prayer, by definition the most fundamental indictment of the way things are; through praise, the affirmation of particular features of the way things are; through empirical observation and speculative inquiry within the bounds of philosophical religion (Proverbs; Job; Qohelet).I was struck by these concise definitions of prayer and praise (my emphasis). There is more...
Monday, June 18, 2012
Why Bible Study
John Hobbins has a remarkable summary of what the canon of the Bible represents. This small sample is not the only part worth the effort to read and ponder.
Posted by Bob MacDonald