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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- Spring '08
- Thomas Hobbes, bible, Biblical canon, Tanakh