It cannot be looped with paraphrasing and didactic or literal translations because these focus on keeping the original thought. The Message Bible is a paraphrase that has helped many to understand Christ better. Its intent is to be compared side by side with the Bible and embellish it. Rewriting the Bible undermines its original intended meaning. With each revision, the meaning that b... ... middle of paper ... ...s distorted by authors who are not qualified in writing it and the chance for a soul to be transformed by the Word of God is lost.
In another attempt to defile the integrity of scripture, critics have found what they believe to be flaws in the Old Testament. One example of this is a theological flaw. They propose that Christians create an entire idea or philosophy based merely on a singular verse or phrase. A great example of this is that the idea of original sin can only be supported by Psalm 91:5. (Suttile, 2008) This notion proposes that the Bible is not supportive of itself and also leads many to jump to conclusions and make uninformed assumptions.
Popular belief is that the King James version is as close to the Hebrew version as possible. While researching the first fall account, I had noticed that not only are the English versions inconsistent with each other but inconsistent with the Hebrew Bible, which I would believe to be a more accurate version of what the original authors and intended the Bible to reenact stories and philosophize. Armed with the knowledge that the Bible is not written to be concentric like today's modern writing, I will attempt to critically analyze as thoroughly as possible a neophyte can the many interpretations, interpolations, and extrapolations that can be made from these few verses of the Bible. "And the woman said to the serpent, from the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. That from the fruit of the tree is in middle of the garden, Elohim said you shall not eat from it, nor shall you touch it, lest should die" (Genesis 3:2-3)- NRSV.
One of the many Biblical debates in today 's society is whether the Bible 's content can be taken literally or not. One of the main concerns in today 's discussion is whether the Bible can be trusted to represent the culture . Passages within the Bible. alluding to slavery and gender roles, have been questioned for their implication to society today. Parts of the Bible can be taken literally, while others need to be evaluated further based off the culture it was written, as long as it does not change the understanding of Christ.
Believe it or not, not to many people believe in the bible. The different translations also makes the bible one of the universally difficult things to understand, like what Martin Cockcroft said “ Translators want to reflect the original Greek and Hebrew as accurately as they can, but in a way that communicates clearly. It might be that one Greek word really should be translated as three English words. He also goes on to say “ "The bible has real significance. When I say the Bible is true, I 'm saying it explains life in a way tht is beyond question.
The idea that David is a prophet is debated among scholars and is something worth looking into, since these are decisions we must make regarding the Old Testament. Some believe that Psalms 22 is an accurate account of the crucifixion of Jesus; others find that there are large discrepancies within the passage and claim that the metaphors in the passage are taken too literally. As students of the Bible knowing the history of these works can help us better form our own opinion on such topics. We will find that this will be a common argument within the bible, whither to take it literally or metaphorically. After the Death of King David, his son Solomon becomes... ... middle of paper ... ...nant of land, people and a blessing to all families.
Some of the parables had more than just one thing to gather from them. All of the parables can be found in the Bible under the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The reasons for the use of Jesus’s parables were for someone to be able to fathom more easily, to be more interesting so a person could remember more vividly, so that Jesus could safely use them without being charged with crime for it, and as he spoke in Matthew that the listeners would have a more firm knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven. Through these few reasons it can be perceived that there was such utter importance of Jesus using parables when he would teach a lesson.
Overall I enjoyed the book simply because it improved my overall knowledge of the historical background of Muslim belief and thought as well as interactions between they and Christianity. Like most historical documents its presentation can get a bit repetitive but its has a greater worth because I always find it interesting to complete my picture of the historical world behind me. I think most can agree that Richard Fletcher does well at attempting to keep our attention in keeping the book in the form of little historical stories at times. I do believe he needs to put something about the everyday society of people under some of these conditions, however drawing out his own opinion more could lead to greater overall speculation of his book. Anyone who wants an in depth view of the Muslim relationship with Christians should read this.
He provides both internal and external evidence to support his claims that the biblical manuscripts were changed, but some of the reasoning he uses for textual changes based on cultural views seems to be somewhat of a reach at times. This could be a sign of bias; him interpreting his findings to fit his theory. However, as someone new to the world of textual criticism and ancient manuscripts, I cannot honestly comment too deeply on the accuracy of his claims. The book is a good introduction to the field, and it is obviously written for people with no prior knowledge of the subject. It serves as a good primer, and Ehrman’s arguments clearly support his thesis.
The Bible will never be able to be put into a beaker and tested so that any individual will be able to see for himself that all that Christians claim to believe is in fact one hundred percent proven fact. There are certain things in life that require faith such as belief in the Bible as divine revelation and faith in God itself. If our faith could be proven then what room would we be leaving for the faith needed for salvation that Jesus talked about. I am glad to have had a chance to rediscover the importance of my faith through this reading assignment.