God’s View of the Scriptures

Is your view of the Scriptures you read consistent with what is presented in the Scriptures? In your desire to elevate Scripture to its rightful place, might you exalt it to a level exceeding God’s purposes?

In this one-minute snippet of a larger conversation, Mike Licona provides a morsel with which to consume our thoughts:

9 Responses to God’s View of the Scriptures

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I do think we must let Scripture be what it is; starting with not just its phenomena (our observation of it) but also what Scripture teaches about itself.

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  2. Craig says:

    Absolutely! Some have a too-high view (it must KJV / textus receptus) or too low a view (this and that must have been redacted, etc.). We can be ‘critical’ of the text–look at it critically–while not beginning with doubts about its authenticity. Having said that, this does not preclude us from probing things regarding how the text is written, or even just what constitutes the original Greek text (the discipline of textual criticism applied).

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  3. Craig says:

    My major focus of study has been on John’s Gospel, and I’m formulating opinions regarding how it’s put together and why it this is so. It is a very Jewish Gospel, and this is missed by a lot of exegetes. There’ve long been questions regarding its historicity because of some rough transitions between scenes. But, this need not be, if the Gospel is, IMO, properly understood. If I am correct (and others I’m reading), some long-held notions may have to be reconsidered. Any of these conclusions should not be seen as casting doubt on the historicity of John, but as a better understanding of the writer’s intentions, as superintended by the Spirit and from a post-Resurrection perspective.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Sounds like I need to study more in depth John sometime

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  5. Craig says:

    Earlier in the 20th century, Bultmann came out with a commentary, reordering the text! This is due to some of the somewhat choppy transitions between some scenes. This, along with some of his other theses, has not been adopted (some are easily debunked). Yet, he did, at times, have some good insights.

    More traditionally, Westcott’s commentary is really good. But, in 1968 came what I think is the breakthrough: J. Louis Martyn’s History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel. Martyn is the first to recognize ‘two levels’ in the text: at one level it depicts historical events, at another it shows how some of these events were better understood post-Resurrection, with the benefit of Holy Spirit-revelation. This was central to my thesis in this article here, particularly how 2:19 was later revealed by the narrator in 2:22, and how 12:12-15 is reflected upon by the narrator in 12:16. This ‘looking back’ is predicted by Jesus’ words about the Spirit’s function (14:15—16:15; he’ll testify about Jesus and remind the disciples of things Jesus told them, etc.).

    Raymond E. Brown’s 2-volumes on Anchor Bible are very good; but, given his RCC background, he reads some texts through that lens at times. He also focuses too much on speculation about a “Johannine Community”. Nevertheless, it’s still very worthwhile, for his overall theology and Christology are sound. Then there’s a book that came out last year—recommended by the late Dr. Larry Hurtado—by Jörg Frey, titled Theology and History in the Fourth Gospel. It’s sort of an update of, as well as an extension to, Martyn’s work. Now, for me, Culpepper is helping to put more pieces together.

    You probably missed my series on John’s Prologue. Here’s the last completed part: Probing the Prologue in the Gospel According to John: John 1:6-8. It touches on some of these issues. Unfortunately, I haven’t returned to it—as you can see, it’s quite involved technically.

    Question to ponder—and this pertains to the Gospel’s ‘Jewishness’: What did Jesus’ words about eating His flesh and drinking His blood (John 6) signify in light of the entire Gospel and the OT? I plan on writing a short article on that—God willing! I’ve got so many things begun…

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  6. SLIMJIM says:

    I just followed your blog

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  7. Craig says:

    Here’s some additional food for thought:


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