Keith Ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity and head of the theology department at Oxford University, wrote a highly acclaimed five-volume series on comparative religions.
The Bible And Christianity - The Historical Origins A rational, secular, historical perspective on the history of Christianity and its scripture An essay by Scott Bidstrup "If the truth is that ugly -- which it is -- then we do have to be careful about the way that we tell the truth.
But to somehow say that telling the truth should be avoided because people may respond badly to the truth seems bizarre to me. Paul's Catholic Church The Bible is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to Christians, especially, it is a source of inspiration and a guide to daily living.
To others, the Bible is a historical document and a source of controversy. To others still, the Bible is a self-contradictory mish-mash of arcane rules and proscriptions, mostly relevant to long-dead cultures in far away places.
What is the truth in all of this? The reality is that it is all true to an extent, and equally nonsensical at the same time.
The Bible has meaning to all its readers, but it is important to consider that the meaning it has is informed by the prejudices the reader brings to it. To really understand the Bible and what it intends to say to present generations, it is necessary to understand who wrote it and why, and the cultural context in which it was written.
The story is an interesting one, in no small part because the story is so much messier than most of its advocates would have you to believe.
And its very messiness is why it is a story rarely told in any completeness to Christian audiences. The overriding theme of the Bible storylines is the theme of cultural conquest. Conquest by the Hebrews over their enemy neighbors, culturally by the Jews over the Israelites used here to mean members of the ten "lost" tribesthe Christians over the Jews, the Catholics over the Gnostics, Marcionites, and other pre-Catholic factions, and on and on.
In some cases, the conquest is recorded as a historical, often military event. In others, it merely is recorded as a change in content and context, an alteration of the storyline and outlook and worldview.
And the story of the editing and translation of the final form of the Bible into what today is regarded as holy scripture is a story not just of cultural conquest, but of political intrigues, and not just between competing bishops, but with secular political authority itself.
It is as if the U. The effect of its origins as selected parts of whole bodies of scripture, written by at least a hundred and fifty different people in dozens of different places at different times, many centuries apart, and for different reasons, colors what its authors wrote.
Yet that simple fact is widely ignored, both by people who naively follow what they read in it as the inerrant word of God, and by more liberal scholastic theologians, who seek to understand its historical context as well as a body of doctrinal scripture, which they often blindly follow, even though they know full well its messy origins.
Origins of the Earliest Scripture Prehistory to B. This book is an excellent survey of the current state of Old Testament archaeology.
It will be of considerable interest to both skeptic and apologist alike! This book was a best-seller on the New York Times best seller list and for good reason: A History of God: Scholars have traced the roots of many of the Old Testament stories to the ancient, pagan myths of the ancient Mesopotamian cultures.Cultural Context in How Many Miles to Babylon, Sive and 32a Words | 7 Pages cultural context of a text can determine the characters and events of the text greatly.
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Cultural Context – Part B To study the cultural context of “Sive” and “Children of Men” means to examine the world of each and the values and attitude of the people in these worlds. The worlds created in “Sive” and “Children of Men” are .
Cultural Context “A reader can feel uncomfortable with the values and attitudes presented in texts.” ‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’ and John B. Keane’s tragic play ‘Sive’ provided me with interesting insights into the attitudes and values of the society in each text.
However, I ‘Babylon’ is that in ‘Casablanca’ moral. Cultural Context in How Many Miles to Babylon, Sive and 32a Comparative Studies Cultural Context Q The cultural context of a text can determine the characters and events of the text greatly.
Discuss in relation to at least two texts you have studied in your comparative studies course. Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
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