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1. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy opens as follows: WE AFFIRM that the Holy Scriptures are to be received as the authoritative Word of God. WE DENY that the Scriptures receive their authority from the Church, tradition, or any other human source. Would ancient Jewish and Christian Bible exegetes agree with these statements? 2. To what extent were ancient Jewish and Christian Bible interpretations concerned with the simple or plain meaning of the text, and to what extent were they shaped by other considerations?
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Unformatted text preview: What were those other considerations? 3. Respond to the following quotation: The Christian apple fell far from the scriptural tree. Christian use (one might say appropriation) of the Hebrew Bible served only to justify its a priori claims to authority and legitimacy, and in no way grew out of the Hebrew Bible or the Judaic tradition. Christian interpretation, therefore, can be seen only as a foreign use of the Bible, where Judaism adhered much more closely to the Hebrew Scriptures in its interpretation....
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