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|All Authors / Contributors:||
John H Walton
|Description:||320 pages ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||I. The Old Testament world of composition and communication : Proposition 1: Ancient Near Eastern societies were hearing dominant and had nothing comparable to authors and books as we know them ; Proposition 2: Expansions and revisions were possible as documents were copied generation after generation and eventually compiled into literary works ; Proposition 3: Effective communication must accommodate to the culture and nature of the audience ; Proposition 4: The Bible contains no new revelation about the workings and understanding of the material world ; Stepping back and summing up: How the composition of the Old Testament may be understood differently in light of what is known of ancient literary culture. II. The New Testament world of composition and communication : Proposition 5: Much of the literature of the Greco-Roman world retained elements of a hearing-dominant culture ; Proposition 6: Oral and written approaches to literature entail significant differences ; Proposition 7: Greek historians, philosophers and Jewish rabbis offer instructive examples of ancient oral culture ; Proposition 8: Jesus' world was predominantly non-literate and oral ; Proposition 9: Logos/Word referred to oral communication, not to written texts ; Proposition 10: Jesus proclaimed truth in oral forms and commissioned his followers to do the same ; Proposition 11: Variants were common in the oral texts of Jesus' words and deeds ; Proposition 12: Throughout the New Testament, spoken words rather than written words were the primary focus ; Proposition 13: Exact wording was not necessary to preserve and transmit reliable representations of inspired truth ; Stepping back and summing up: How the composition of the New Testament may be understood differently in light of what is known of ancient literary culture. III. The biblical world of literary genres : Proposition 14: The authority of Old Testament narrative literature is more connected to revelation than to history ; Proposition 15: The authority of Old Testament legal literature is more connected to revelation than to law ; Proposition 16: The authority of Old Testament prophetic literature is more connected to revelation than to future-telling ; Proposition 17: The genres of the New Testament are more connected to orality than textuality. IV. Concluding affirmations on the origin and authority of scripture : Proposition 18: Affirmations about the origin of scripture confirm its fundamental oral nature ; Proposition 19: Affirmations about the authority of scripture asserts its divine source and illocution ; Proposition 20: Inerrancy has essential roles and limitations ; Proposition 21: Belief in authority not only involves what the Bible is but also what we do with it.|
|Responsibility:||John H. Walton and D. Brent Sandy.|