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.
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...