Lost World of Scripture Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority

ISBN-10: 083084032X

ISBN-13: 9780830840328

Edition: 2013

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 12/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298

Brent Sandy (Ph.D., Duke University) taught for thirty years at two colleges and four seminaries. Most recently he was professor and chair of the department of religious studies at Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. Among his several books are Cracking Old Testament Codes: A Guide to Interpreting the Literary Genres of the Old Testament (1995, coedited with Ron Giese) and Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic (2002).

Preface
Introduction
The Old Testament World of Composition and Communication
Ancient Near Eastern societies were hearing-dominant and had nothing comparable to authors and books as we know them
Expansions and revisions were possible as documents were copied generation after generation and eventually compiled into literary works
Effective communication must accommodate to the culture and nature of the audience
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
The New Testament World of Composition and Communication
Much of the literature of the Greco-Roman world retained elements of a hearing-dominant culture
Oral and written approaches to literature entail significant differences
Greek historians, philosophers, and Jewish rabbis offer instructive examples of ancient oral culture
Jesus' world was predominantly non-literate and oral
Logos/Word referred to oral communication, not to written texts
Jesus proclaimed truth in oral forms and commissioned his followers to do the same
Variants were common in the oral texts of Jesus' words and deeds
Throughout the New Testament the primary focus was on spoken rather than written words
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
The Biblical World of Literary Genres
The Authority of Old Testament narrative literature is more connected to revelation than to history
The authority of Old Testament legal literature is more connected to revelation than to law
The authority of Old Testament prophetic literature is more connected to revelation than to future-telling
The genres of the New Testament are more connected to orality than textuality
Concluding Affirmations on the Origin and Authority of Scripture
Scripture confirms its fundamental oral nature
Scripture asserts its divine source and illocution
Inerrancy has its strengths and weaknesses
Belief in authority not only involves what the Bible is but also what we do with it
Faithful Conclusions for Virtuous Readers
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