Ancient Near Eastern thought and the Old Testament : by John H. Walton

By John H. Walton

This quantity offers a considerate advent to the literature of the traditional close to East and a well-considered apology for its value to exegetical paintings. John Walton means that there are 3 very important roles comparative experiences can play in biblical interpretation: severe research, protection of the biblical textual content, and exegesis. He focuses relatively at the 3rd element and its significance for preventing Read more...

summary: This quantity offers a considerate creation to the literature of the traditional close to East and a well-considered apology for its significance to exegetical paintings. John Walton means that there are 3 very important roles comparative reports can play in biblical interpretation: serious research, safeguard of the biblical textual content, and exegesis. He focuses relatively at the 3rd element and its significance for combating misinterpretation in the course of the imposition of contemporary worldviews. mostly physique of the textual content, Walton bargains a considerate advent to old close to jap literature and the "common cognitive surroundings" that it offers for realizing the area of historic Israel. After surveying kinds of literature, he considers the views they provide on ideals approximately gods, faith, the cosmos, humans, and heritage. all through his learn, beneficial comparative sidebars specialize in previous testomony interpretation to illumine the continuities and discontinuities among the Israelites and their associates. This examine presents a superb creation to the sector of comparative stories and should be a massive consultant for college students, students, and clergy who have the desire to make use of extrabiblical assets to complement their knowing of historical Israel and its scriptures

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At the same time some critical scholars openly ridiculed what they saw as feeble attempts by apologists to use comparative studies to prove that the Bible was true. It took some generations for correctives to be put in place that served to establish an appropriate methodology for background and comparative study, which will be introduced below. Even as these have been put into place over the last several decades, abuse and misunderstanding persist in pockets. These methodological correctives have exposed the dangers inherent in research that ignores either similarities or differences between the Bible and the ancient Near East.

When a scholar believes that Moses, Abraham, or David did not exist and that the texts are simply later legends that have grown up around fictional characters, comparative study is going to be used to substantiate that skepticism and vindicate it. Scholars who believe that no flood of cosmic proportions ever occurred will understandably be inclined to bring their comparative study to the task of demonstrating the mythological and derivative nature of the biblical text. In these cases, whether the interpreter has an ax to grind or simply presuppositions to support, the historical, literary, and eventually confessional value of the text is undermined.

At the same time some critical scholars openly ridiculed what they saw as feeble attempts by apologists to use comparative studies to prove that the Bible was true. It took some generations for correctives to be put in place that served to establish an appropriate methodology for background and comparative study, which will be introduced below. Even as these have been put into place over the last several decades, abuse and misunderstanding persist in pockets. These methodological correctives have exposed the dangers inherent in research that ignores either similarities or differences between the Bible and the ancient Near East.

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