But a better description of what the book is actually about is found in the book’s subtitle, “The Story of how God Developed His People in the Old Testament”. Dr. Towns’ book focuses on the people who influenced the events of the Old Testament, unlike most Biblical survey books that provide the outline, information about the author, and a commentary of the Old Testament content. It does more than just locate the people and events on a time line, it interprets the Old Testament chronologically through the influence of the people that made and helped form Bible history. Starting from the beginning of his book, Dr. Towns explains his purpose and reasoning behind his unique approach and style of writing for this work; “God’s people want to know about God’s people… they will love reading about Old Testament people like themselves.…The people who lived before Christ were not much different from us today.
The fact that the author of the book did not identify himself as he wrote the book refrain to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” has brought a lot of conclusion to the author of the book along the years. But the question remains: Who wrote the Gospel of John? Introduction Following the ministry of Jesus here on earth, the several accounts were recorded in the first four books of the bible. The gospel, as they were referred to have similarities in all aspects and they tend to contain similar stories of Christ’s mission compared to one another. In spite of that, it is
Islam and Christianity show the way to the one God, but have many different understanding such as The Bible and the Quran, the Trinity and monotheism and the practices of each religion. At first glance, “the Quran and the Bible look alike” (Totten), but they have many similarities and differences. Islam and Christianity seem to have several points in common when it comes to God, the Creator, the Last Judgment eternal life and eternal death. Characters from the Old Testament like “Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jonah” (Islam) appear in The Bible and also in the Quran. Even Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the holy book of the Muslims.
Throughout Coward’s book, he makes the reader aware of the fact that a scripture can be written or oral, and in some aspect, can be found in all world religions. For scholars of the academic study of religion, the idea and understanding of the written scripture and the oral scripture must be separated in order to understand the significance of each. Every religion has been founded upon
One main topic of discussion in the Bible is numerology. After researching the number seven, I came across how the number is significant. It can represent God, as many believe 666 represents the devil. (www.biblerefrence.org)There are many significant numbers in the Bible, but seven stuck out to me when I figured it’s meaning of wholeness and completeness. The meanings behind the number seven are perfection, spiritual perfection, and completeness.
Emphasis on the number seven, times of great tribulation on Earth, the “Lamb” that saves his people, and a new Earth to replace the old all combine to tell the tale of the final days on our planet. The Book was written using very intricate and unusual symbolic language which makes it very hard for people of the modern era to understand. Because of this, there are multiple outlooks on The Book that debate the philosophical meaning as compared to a more literal and religious view. There are four major schools of interpretation which all break down The Book of Revelation in different ways. The Preterist view states that John the Apostle, the author of The Book, was unveiling events of his own time, and that it was only meaningful in the past and has no relevance to us now (1).
While literal hypotheses such as the Supplement Hypothesis and the Documentary Hypothesis (which are discussed and delineated by Whybray) try to account for the inerrancy of humankind as the ammunation toward dismantling the Pentateuch as a complete narrative authored by Moses, I simply look to scripture to why these theories should not influence the weightof the Bible as inspired literature from God to Moses. 2 Peter 1:21 (which Archer also points out), which states “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” is one reason alone why I hold to the traditional view. One can also point to scripture within Pentateuch, throughout the rest of the Old Testament and allusions iterated in the New Testament to validate Moses as the author: Exodus 34:27 and Joshua 1:8, 8:32 to name a few. Nevertheless, there are numerous albeit yet-to-be substantiated reasons why the traditional view does not hold up. For one, how can Moses be the author when he dies in the book, so how would have he written the whole thing?
In modern times the dove has many meanings, it can represent; the Holy Ghost, peace, and innocence. “There are also different meanings for different colored doves. Christ redeeming man with his blood is symbolized by the red dove. The diversity of the 12 prophets is symbolized by the speckled dove.” (Parsons, 2011) In “Gregory the Great and Three Scribes” the write dove is used to represent the Holy Spirit. This was important as it taught that the text written by St Gregory was inspired by God.
Is biblical fundamentalism an acceptable approach to the study of the Scriptures? The reality of biblical study could be seen to rely on the same tools and practices as literary analysis of any other text, particularly those texts which have weathered the test of time and have entered the canon of classic literature. Quite correctly much has been made of the inspired nature of the bible. It will be shown that whilst the inspired nature all the sacred scripture is critical to its sacredness this inspiration can be largely ignored when examining the bible from a literary point of view, which is ultimately only a human point of view. Biblical fundamentalism is the practice of accepting the bible as literally the Word of God.
But, fortunately, that is not how God chose to speak to us. Rather, he chose to speak his eternal truths within the particular circumstances and events of human history......... The Bible is the Word of God given in human words in history.” So whilst being divinely inspired and having 'eternal relevance', the Bible also has 'historical peculiarity' – each text is conditioned by the language, time and culture in which it was written – interpreting the Bible means understanding these things – i.e. understanding the context in which the text is written. It is important to recognise that interpretation has already taken place for most people reading the Bible; translators have 'interpreted' words and meanings in their Bible translations.