In Walton’s Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, he writes, “With no revelation . . . there was no way to know what pleased and what angered . . . This is the plight of those who live in a world without revelation. In the end, for all of their conscientious ritual, they did … More Why is Revelation from God important?
Introduction to The Synoptic Problem With the rise of scholarly research regarding the New Testament Canon there has been a general trend toward criticizing and playing down the historical traditions that have been associated with the New Testament. “The adjective ‘synoptic’ has been used since the time of J.J. Griesbach (ca. 1790) to describe the … More Synoptic Problem
When Oswalt summarizes James Barr and Brevvard Childs who claim “if the historical basis on which the supposed revelation rested was false, then why should we give any special credence to the ideas resting on that basis” (Oswalt, 31), he gives the perfect wording to what is already known. When we look at the Bible, in … More How should we approach the Bible?
The four criteria of authenticity according to the textbook, The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown are the criterion of Multiple Attestation, the Criterion of Palestinian Environment, the Criterion of Dissimilarity, and the Criterion of Coherence. The Criterion of Multiple Attestation is simply whether or not the same event and saying occur from more … More Is the Bible Authentic?
Give a definition of the word “canon” and describe the basic criteria and time-line of the formation of the New Testament canon. Why did early Christians feel a need to establish an authoritative list of Scripture? What element in the criteria is most important in your opinion? Which element is least important in your opinion? … More What is the Canon?