John H. Walton's Ancient Near Eastern thought and the Old Testament : PDF

By John H. Walton

ISBN-10: 1441259155

ISBN-13: 9781441259158

ISBN-10: 1585582913

ISBN-13: 9781585582914

This quantity presents a considerate creation to the literature of the traditional close to East and a well-considered apology for its value to exegetical paintings. John Walton means that there are 3 very important roles comparative reviews can play in biblical interpretation: severe research, safeguard of the biblical textual content, and exegesis. He focuses relatively at the 3rd point and its value for preventing Read more...

summary: This quantity presents a considerate creation to the literature of the traditional close to East and a well-considered apology for its value to exegetical paintings. John Walton means that there are 3 very important roles comparative reports can play in biblical interpretation: serious research, safeguard of the biblical textual content, and exegesis. He focuses fairly at the 3rd point and its significance for combating misinterpretation during the imposition of recent worldviews. normally physique of the textual content, Walton bargains a considerate creation to historical close to japanese literature and the "common cognitive surroundings" that it presents for figuring out the area of historic Israel. After surveying forms of literature, he considers the views they provide on ideals approximately gods, faith, the cosmos, humans, and historical past. all through his examine, important comparative sidebars concentrate on previous testomony interpretation to illumine the continuities and discontinuities among the Israelites and their friends. This learn offers a good advent to the sector of comparative stories and should be a tremendous consultant for college kids, students, and clergy who need to make use of extrabiblical assets to complement their knowing of old Israel and its scriptures

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A. Kitchen has done a thorough job of demonstrating the appropriate use of this approach in his book On the Reliability of the Old Testament, in which he seeks to validate the credibility and plausibility of the details of the biblical text by using the information from cultural studies. He especially seeks to deflect negative criticism that has made claims defaming the reliability of the text or the composition date or process of one book or another. Exegesis of the Biblical Text Many readers of the Bible could arguably ignore with impunity the two roles already discussed.

Understanding the genre of a piece of literature is necessary if we desire to perceive the author’s intentions. Since perceiving an author’s intentions is an essential ingredient to the theological and literary interpretation of a text, we recognize that understanding genre contributes to legitimate interpretation. Where similarities can be observed between the biblical and ancient Near Eastern genres, they help us to understand the genre parameters and characteristics as they existed in the ancient mind.

In the same way, if we are going to comprehend communication that took place between members of an ancient culture, we are going to have to adjust our thinking to be able to sit in the circle of communication with the ancient audience. The Bible has plenty of examples like “Iron Curtain” and “daylight savings time” that are not explained, and we do not intrinsically understand. But in many cases the key to understanding can be found in other ancient Near Eastern literature. When we study an ancient text, we cannot make words mean whatever we want them to, or assume that they meant the same to the ancient audience that they do to a modern audience.

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