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Transcript of The Bible
Rainbow - a symbol of God's promise
Blesses Noah and his sons
places all plants and animals under human command
Promises that He will never again destroy all life on earth by flood
Creates the rainbow as the sign of this covenant for all ages to come Creation: - the beginning of the story
Decreation: - when things start to go wrong, bad things start to happen
Recreation: - God intervenes, and in some way he fixes up the problem Images of God Revision
Thursday 22nd November 2012 LITERAL (fundamentalists)
Understand the Word of God as it is written in the Bible
have been consistent in their understanding of the bible since it was written
cannot make mistakes interpreting the Bible - the bible means exactly what it says
claim the Word of God is superb for all ages as it is written - it will always be revelant Ways of reading the Bible CONTEXTUAL
say that the text is not enough - the context is more important.
can change their understanding of the bible whenever they want so that it is made 'afresh' and 'relevant'
claim that their interpretation of the bible takes into account the historical, religious, cultural and literary worlds in which the bible was written
claim that their interpretation of the Word of God is better for the 'new age' 2. Abraham
Circumcision - sign of covenant
to make of Abraham a great nation, to bless those who bless him and curse who curse him
To give Abraham's descendants all the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates
to make Abraham a great father of many nations
to give Abraham and his male descendants circumcision as the permanent sign of this everlasting covenant 3. Moses
Make Israelites his chosen people - ten commandments including Sabbath as a sign of this covenant
to make the Children of Israel His special possession (chosen people) among all people if they obey God and keep His covenant
to make the Children of Israel a kingdom of priests and a holy nation
to give the Children of Israel the Sabbath as the permanent sign of this covenant Key aspects of covenant:
1. God introduces himself
2. God reminds the people of his good deeds
3. The demands or the do's and don't's
4. Blessings and curses
5. Sealing of covenant God is like a husband (Hosea 2:19)
God is like a mother (Isaiah 49: 15-16)
God is an angry God. He will punish those who rebel against and insult him (Exodus 9: 13-14)
God is like the rain (Hosea 14: 5)
God is like a shepherd (Isaiah 40: 11)
God is the creator of the world (Isaiah 40: 21-22)
God is a judge who rewards and punishes (Deuteronomy 28: 1, 15)
God is mysterious. No one can predict or control God (Ecclesiastes 11: 5)
God is like a soft whisper (1 KIngs 19: 11-12)
God is like lightning and thunder (Job 36: 32-37: 3)
God is like fire (Exodus 19: 18)
God is like a potter (Jeremiah 18: 5-6)
God is like a doctor (Jeremiah 30: 17)
God is like a teacher (Jeremiah 31: 33)
Gos is like a builder (Amos 7: 7)
God is like a king (Jeremiah 10: 7)
God is like a father (Jeremiah 3: 19) GENESIS
- Chapter 1: "In the beginning..." the creation of the world
- Chapter 2: God creates man and woman they live in the Garden of Eden
- Chapter 3-11: The first couple sin; banished from the Garden of Eden; Cain and Abel; Noah's flood; Tower of Babylon
- Chapter 12-50: Abraham; Isaac; Jacob; Moses; EXODUS; The Covenant; Moses dies Who wrote the Bible?
It was written by many different authors
Mostly Hebrew, with some Greeks, though many are unknown. Who chose these writings?
The writings were not chosen by ACKNOWLEDGED to be inspired. When was it written?
At different times over 1000 years (900 BCE - 100 CE)
At different places: Palestine, Babylon, Egypt, Rome, Corinth, Antioch
For different purposes: religious, patriotic, historical, instructional, political, legal etc. Why read the Bible?
To help you understand God
To help you to know how to live and act
To share stories of human experiences in poems and songs, laws and histories, prophecies and wisdom, short stories and letters
To learn more about Jesus Messiah
To understand the most important book in history "Scripture" means "Sacred Writings"
"Testament" means "Declaration" these are stories of origins and of the Covenant between God and the Hebrew people after they came from Egypt - and how it worked out these are stories and teachings about the covenant between God and people based on the life and teachings of Jesus Messiah What is the Bible?
It is a collection of ancient writing about God (Yahweh) in two parts: 5 Stages in the formation of the Bible
1. Events and people
2. Oral tradition
3. Writing-probably-from around 1000-587 BCE
4. Editing and publishing by priests during the time of exile in Babylon (6th century BCE)
5. Canonical stage First 5 books of the bible are also known as "The Law" or "The Torah" Summary of
gathers together inspired stories and traditions that reveal God's nature and purpose
story of Israel's liberation - how God liberates the people from slavery in Egypt
the Torah (law) of the priests
picks up the story of the Isralites where Exodux leaves off
means 'second law' in Greek. The first law given on Mount Sinai was proposed by God to guide Israel in its wilderness journey. Exodus 15
"The Lord is a warrior..."
"...the Lord is a light for me..." What are the scriptures about?
the beginning of the world and of the Hebrew people
departure from Egypt under Moses
Legal ruling concerning sacrifice, purification and so forth of concern to the priests, who came from the tribe of Levi
The numbering or taking census Israelities in the desert
Meaning "second law," because many laws found in the previous books are repeated here.