When I found out it was one of the first classes I had to take during my freshman semester at Ethnos Bible Institute, I was less than thrilled. How about something more exciting, like Romans or Galatians? Studying bibliology conjured up images of dry dusty bookshelves and old scholars spending hours pouring over the details of decrepit scrolls. Great fun. What Is Bibliology?
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It often includes such topics as revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, illumination, and interpretation. This he has done through miracles, visions, dreams, theophanies, providential control of history, conscience, Jesus Christ, and Scripture.
Theologians have spoken of general revelation through nature i. Thus general revelation is equally available to all men at all times and while it alone cannot save, it is nonetheless both essential and preparatory to special revelation. As a result of our sinfulness and finiteness we stand in need of such divine guidance and wisdom; scripture was inspired to that end. Inspiration, however, is not limited to mechanical dictation indeed, very little of it can be said to be mechanical in any way , as we might have, say, in the receiving of the Ten Commandments or the letters to the churches in Revelation , but rather occurred in a variety of situations involving the writers as whole people their minds, emotions, wills, etc.
Some theologians have referred to the verbal extending to the actual words, not just concepts , plenary the entire Bible, not only those parts that seem to speak directly to issues of faith and practice inspiration of Scripture. But, while we can learn much from these views, we may safely set aside their antisupernaturalistic prejudices as both unfounded and contrary to the teaching of Jesus who himself strongly upheld the complete trustworthiness of Scripture without reserve e.
If what the authors of Scripture penned was indeed under the supernatural influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit as is properly affirmed , then since God is true, what they wrote and affirmed is in all ways true as well.
Thus inerrancy applies to the autographa and Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic copies insofar as they faithfully reproduce the autographa. The doctrine rightly teaches that the scriptures are without error in all that they affirm i. Thus the scriptures are the final authority in matters of faith and practice and take precedence over tradition, culture, and creed.
This doctrine also allows for different literary styles, poor grammar, approximations in numbers, etc. Psalm She, as the redeemed community, constituted of those who have genuine faith in Jesus Christ, is qualified for this task. It is important to note, however, that she did not determine which books were canonical, but only recognized those books which were canonical; scripture is self-authenticating.
In the case of the Old Testament, generally speaking, she received it as the authoritative Bible of her Lord and his apostles, i. In the case of the New Testament, the church, by applying varying tests such as apostolicity was it written by an apostle or authenticated by an apostle? This list was accepted by the churches east of the Mediterranean while churches in the west came to accept the same list some 30 years later, in AD , at the Council of Carthage.
Also, the Diocletian persecution AD , in which Christians were tortured, their property taken, and their sacred books destroyed by fire, undoubtedly helped to move the church along in its recognition of which books were sacred i. That is, there arose the need to know which books to copy and preserve in light of the possibility that the state continue to try and destroy the faith. The extent of the canon has been in some question among Protestants and Catholics since the addition of the Apocrypha at the Council of Trent AD Anyone who has read these books will find them spiritually encouraging, much the same as reading great Christian literature, but they should not be regarded as on par with the 66 books, a fact which is recognized even by the Catholic church in its reference to them as deuterocanonical.
Further, we are, by faith in Christ, to put into practice that which the Scripture teaches us, lest we become blinded by our accumulated ignorance James and progressively blurred in our comprehension of spiritual realities. In this way illumination increases and our grip on the truth strengthens or perhaps its grip on us! Interpretation involves, then, three elements: 1 coming to scripture humbly with a knowledge of my presuppositions, traditions, and cultural influences so as not to blunt or skew the force of scripture but rather to allow it to leave its mark on me ; 2 understanding what an author meant when he said such and such, and 3 understanding what he means, that is, how it applies to our lives today.
Thus, in the first step we are interested in gaining an awareness of how our culture, tradition, and past acquaintance with Scripture has affected us. In the second step we are interested in the grammatical-historical meaning of a passage of Scripture. In order to achieve this we study the words of a text in their historical context, the literary structure of a passage, its mood, and the kind genre of literature it is.
Combined with this is the comparing of scripture with scripture e. In this way, and through the illuminating work of the Spirit, the church comes to grips with the meaning and abiding relevance of Scripture. But this is only half the job. Moses did not write Deuteronomy and Paul did not pen Philippians simply to be understood i. In short, their writings call for a response and this involves first letting the Bible speak to me; convicting, educating, encouraging, and showing me where to go.
I must bring my presuppositions and patterns of life to the passage and allow it to judge and straighten. Then I must allow the Scripture—as the very voice of God himself—to speak to my community and the larger world-context in which I live. The Lordship of Christ extends to the entire universe!
And we must remember that his word is a primary way in which he expresses his grace oriented, kingly rule over us. Norman L. Geisler Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Dan O. Via Philadelphia: Fortress, ; Bruce M. But even though there are disagreements regarding grammar, background, and theological emphases, there can be little doubt that the relevant thought for our purposes is quite clear: man in his unrengenerate and carnal state cannot understand and accept the things of God e.
See Marion L. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, and Robert L. Hubbard Dallas: Word, ; Moiss, Silva, ed.
Bibliology Explained : An Introduction To The Ins And Outs Of The Bible
Introduction to Bibliology Introduction Of all the doctrines of the Bible, none is more important or foundational than bibliology, the doctrine of the Bible. The reason for this is simple. Our understanding of God, of man, and of the salvation He offers mankind in Christ is all very much dependent on how much men believe and know the Bible. God has revealed Himself in a number of ways: in creation, in history, in miracles, visions given directly to the prophets. But what we learn about the person and work of Jesus Christ, we learn from the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. The majority of that which we can know about God comes from the Bible.
Bibliology - The Doctrine of the Written Word
How does Jehovah regard His Word? Neo-orthodoxy - This system of thinking puts Christ above the written word and says the Bible only becomes authoritative when it speaks to the individual. Romanism - This is the Catholic position. Since the Bible is the product of the church, only the church can be the final authority concerning what the Scriptures say. Tradition is also a source of revelation. What does Galatians ; and 2 Thessalonians ; say about traditions?
Bibliology Session 01
It often includes such topics as revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, illumination, and interpretation. This he has done through miracles, visions, dreams, theophanies, providential control of history, conscience, Jesus Christ, and Scripture. Theologians have spoken of general revelation through nature i. Thus general revelation is equally available to all men at all times and while it alone cannot save, it is nonetheless both essential and preparatory to special revelation. As a result of our sinfulness and finiteness we stand in need of such divine guidance and wisdom; scripture was inspired to that end. Inspiration, however, is not limited to mechanical dictation indeed, very little of it can be said to be mechanical in any way , as we might have, say, in the receiving of the Ten Commandments or the letters to the churches in Revelation , but rather occurred in a variety of situations involving the writers as whole people their minds, emotions, wills, etc. Some theologians have referred to the verbal extending to the actual words, not just concepts , plenary the entire Bible, not only those parts that seem to speak directly to issues of faith and practice inspiration of Scripture.
1. Bibliology: The Bible
What is Bibliology? Question: "What is Bibliology? The Bible is the inspired source of knowledge about God, Jesus Christ, salvation, and eternity. Without a proper view of the Bible, our views on these and other issues become clouded and distorted. Bibliology tells us what the Bible is. Our answer to this question will not only determine how we view the Bible and its importance to our lives, but also ultimately will have an eternal impact on us. What is the canon of Scripture?