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According to Thomas Hobbes’ 33 rd chapter of Leviathan it does not actually matter if God wrote the Bible. Hobbes begins his argument by essentially declaring to the reader that scripture is law “ And because all rules of life, which men are in conscience bound to observe, are laws, the question of the Scripture is the question of what is law.” Hobbes proceeds by addressing the question of why the latter statement is true. He explains that because “it is believed on all hands that the first and original author of them is God; and consequently the question disputed is not that.” What Hobbes is saying here is that because the people believe God is the author of the scripture, it doesn’t actually matter whether or not he is actually the author. He continues by pointing out that there is no actual way to know if God wrote the Bible, but once again reminds the reader that this fact is indeed superfluous.
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Unformatted text preview: According to Hobbes the Bible should be read for its contributions to law. Collins, author of Introduction to the Hebrew Bible , in comparison, finds other implications for reading the Bible. To begin with Collins cites superior “literary quality, which establishes them as enduring classics…”(page 1). Collins also later looks to the Bible’s rich history, not merely in content but in the way in which it was composed. On page seven Collins specifically points out the great Christian tradition that contributed to the ultimate composition of the modern Bible. Collins also emphasizes the notion that when reading the bible we must understand the context in which it was written explaining “before we can begin to grapple with the issues raised by the biblical texts, however, we must first know something about the ancient world from which they arose.”(page 20)...
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