05 Composition~So What

05 Composition~So What - th century B.C., interest in the...

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REL1310 Spring 2008 How did the biblical writers write? Composition and Formation Summary: 1.) The Bible’s Literary Context: By the time the earliest biblical texts are written, an ancient tradition of writing and texts already existed in the ancient Near East. 2.) The Complexity of the Bible’s Composition and Formation: The Bible was not produced as a modern “book.” The Bible was not written all in one place at one time, but came together from numerous written texts. The biblical books were created from earlier written documents and oral traditions, which one calls “sources.” 3.) Text as Divine Authority: The idea of the text as divine authority takes hold with the prophets (e.g., Isaiah and Jeremiah), who were understood as God’s spokesmen (and spokeswomen; see Huldah, 2 Kgs 22:14-20) and in the idea of the text as witness to a covenant (i.e., a sacred agreement) with God (see Josiah’s reform, 2 Kgs 22-23). 4.) Authority and Authorship: With Greek cultural influence beginning in the 4
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Unformatted text preview: th century B.C., interest in the identity of human authors leads to a connection between authority and authorship (e.g., Moses, David). These ideas of authority carry forward into New Testament times. So What? 1.) Inspiration: As a divinely inspired (God-breathed) book, the Bible results from a process that involved cultural factors, human authors, and political and historical circumstances. 2.) Incarnation: Those human circumstances include a concern for the matters of this world: national crises, intellectual dilemmas, and cultural enterprises (like writing). The God of the Bible comes to us where we are. 3.) A Biblical Worldview: Life in this world matters (is good). Questions: Does knowing the authors establish the Bibles authority? If not, what does? What is more importantknowing the human authors or believing in the Bibles authority (no matter who penned it)?...
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