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Biblical TruthsThe Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century$
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Dale B. Martin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222838

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222838.001.0001

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(p.71) Chapter 2 Scripture
Biblical Truths

Dale B. Martin

Yale University Press

Many Christians in the modern period have worked with inadequate notions about what “scripture” is. They have often thought of the Bible as a rule book, a manual for human behavior, a source for scientific or historical facts, a constitution for modern structures, including the church, or even a sex manual. In order to proceed with an adequate theological interpretation of the Bible, Christians need to develop an adequate notion of what theological scripture “is.” Chapter 2 offers different and various ways of imagining the nature of scripture, as cathedral or space we occupy rather than a foundationalist source for ready-to-hand knowledge.

Keywords:   Scripture, Canon, History, Hebrew Bible, Old Testament

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