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RLGN 325 B IBLE S TUDY A SSIGNMENT 1 Jerome Schroder [email protected] Assignment 1-2 : Answer the following questions: 1. Do you agree that the Bible is a divine-human book? Why or why not? 2. What is textual criticism? How is it possible to have a high view of the authority of Scripture and a positive view of textual criticism at the same time? Page 1 of 18 Yes, because although it was written by human authors, every word in the Bible came directly from God. That is why the Bible is called “The Word of the Lord” or “The Word of God”. According to Grasping God’s Word: (Duvall and Hays), Textual criticism is “ a technical discipline that compares the various copies of a biblical text in an effort to determine what was most likely the original text”. The answer to this question can be summed up in two words. “God’s sovereignty”. The Bible is based on two beliefs. It is historically accurate and it is inspired by God. Regardless of how many times the Bible has been copied and translated into different text over the centuries, the end results are still the same. The authority of scripture is God’s authority. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. John 1:1.
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RLGN 325 3. What is translation? Why is translation not a simple exercise? Describe the two main approaches to translation discussed in this chapter. Which approach do you feel most comfortable with? Why? Page 2 of 18 According to Duvall and Hays, Grasping God’s Word, “translation is transferring the message of one language into another language”. No two languages are exactly the same. For example, a particular word or phrase in one language may not have the same meaning as in another language. The formal approach, which is sometimes referred to as literal or word for word and the functional approach, often referred to as the idiomatic or thought for thought. The formal approach tries to stay as close to the original text as much as possible, which is Greek and Hebrew while the more functional approach tries to express the meaning of the original text in today’s language. The approach that I feel most comfortable with using is the more functional approach because for me it is easier to understand. For example, I have two Bibles. The NIV and the NLT study Bible. The KJV sounds too much like broken English and I sometimes have to re-read the same passage several times to grasp the meaning while the NIV and the NLT are in words easier for me to comprehend.
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RLGN 325 Assignment 2-1 : Describe the five steps of the Interpretive Journey. Answer each step with as much information as possible. In other words, do not just give a one line statement, but attempt to write a summary type paragraph for each step so that you can demonstrate a good understanding of the interpretive journey process. You may use the words in the textbook.
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