CTM101 The Bible by wpr1947


									CTM101 The Bible
   How do we read it?
An introduction to biblical
       Aim of this session
 Toget an overview of what kind of
 authority the Bible has and how
 Christians can use it well
        Learning Outcomes
By the end of the session you will:
 Be familiar with a range of
  metaphors to talk about the Bible
  and its authority
 Be able to identify some of the major
  interpretive strategies used in biblical
        ‘The Bible says…’
What reactions might you encounter if
  you were to:
 challenge the behaviour of a friend

 justify a moral judgment

 critique the actions of the
on the basis that , ‘The Bible says…’?
What responses might you get?
 Power to enforce obedience, to
 Power to influence action and belief;
  power to inspire belief
(Oxford dictionary)
 Extrinsic authority- arises from the
  authority of the one behind the text
  (eg letter from the Principal)
 Intrinsic authority- arises from the
  text being convincing and realistic
(The Principal’s forthcoming Grove
        Some questions…
 Are  we consistent in our approach to
  biblical authority?
 How do we understand biblical
  authority given the untidy way in
  which the text came into being and
  has been handed down?
 If we question some passages, does
  that undermine the rest?
     What kind of authority?

 ‘Yourword is a lamp to my feet and
 a light to my path.’
What other metaphors- biblical or
 otherwise- can you think of which
 help to indicate the kind of authority
 it has?
        Love letter not hate mail
Stephen Barton Invitation to the Bible

3 ground rules for reading wisely:

1.   We need to be set on loving the triune God with all our
     heart, soul, mind and strength

2.   We can’t read wisely on our own- we need to be part of
     communities of discernment

3.   We need to practise- like playing a musical instrument
     or laying bricks
                     Some tests:
   Does this reading lead to faith in Christ and good works
    towards my neighbour, or does it undermine them?

   Does this interpretation fit with what the Church down the
    ages has come to confess as true, or is it a departure from
    that confession?

   Does this understanding build up the Church and
    strengthen its witness, or does it weaken the Church?
            A quotation:
‘ The Bible is like the manger and
  swaddling clothes which contained in
  them God’s precious gift to the
  Jesus the Christ.’
              Martin Luther
            ‘God’s Home Page’
Mike Riddell God’s Home Page

Why this metaphor? Riddell lists what the Bible is NOT:

A book of answers
A book of spells
A divine verbatim
A handbook of doctrine
An instruction manual
A collection of moral precepts
              ‘God’s Home Page’
   An intermediate place, somewhere between the cybersurfer
    and the hyperauthor where the two can meet and interact

   It gives a feel for the style and interests of God- it’s lots of
    bits and fragments relating to God’s dealings with humanity
    over a long period of time

   A home page allows intuitive and multi-directional roaming
    through all the material- a linear approach is not
    necessarily the best

   It’s an interactive site. There is no end to it.

   You need a connection to get on line.
 The  art of understanding; the
  method and techniques used to
  interpret written texts.
 Often uses the concept of ‘horizons’:
  the horizon of the text merging
  with/meeting the horizon of the
         Numbers 15.32-36
 When   we read the words, ‘The Lord
  said to Moses…’, what do we
  understand them to mean?
 Do we believe that God really wanted
  Sabbath stick gatherers to be killed?
      Some approaches to OT
 Literalapproach
 Allegorical approach (eg Paul in
  Galatians 4.24-26)
 Typological approach (eg Hebrews
 Negative approach (Marcion)
   Hermeneutics of suspicion
 We  are all situated as readers
 We need to interrogate our own
  vested interests as readers, and the
  vested interests of those who wrote
  and edited the texts we read

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