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The Bible Among the Myths
Religion and Theology
Pages 11 (2761 words)
Introduction The introduction states that the idea of revelation is that there are some things in this world which are not explainable, and that there is a need for revelation from beyond to explain such things in the world. The very idea of revelation, however, is foreign to many in the world, who believe that each individual is in charge of his or her own destiny.
The author also states that, in comparing the Old Testament and literatures of the ancient Near East is that there is a difference in how the medium by which the divine is known. Israel’s neighbors comes to know their divinity by nature, while in Israel, knowing their divinity relies upon human-historical experience. Since Israel comes to know their divinity by historical analysis, it therefore becomes important to understand if the historical facts presented in The Bible are true – did they really take place? There is increasingly a skepticism that these events did take place. This, in turn, presents a new conundrum – if the historical events are not true, then can we believe the word of God, as the medium through which he is understood is the historical analysis? The author thinks that this is not possible, that if the historical events are not true, then the word of God cannot be extricated and preserved. ...
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