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This is from brother Wally’s blog a few weeks ago:

It is very true.  We cannot have a pick and choose approach towards the Bible.

We can easily fall into this error even when we confess publicly and know that this ought not to be.  This is why I think every local churches’ regular staple of Sunday preaching ought to be expository preaching which is contextual preaching that gives attention to the flow of the context.  The nature of expository preaching with its way of verse by verse teaching forces one to see what God’s counsel has to say helps us to minimize the danger of picking and choosing specific aspects of the Bible while ignoring the rest.

For those who are interested here’s Veritas Domain’s Hermeneutics Series: Course Level One, Two and Three.

 

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Richard Taylor. Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, July 27th, 2016. 208 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book is part of the Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis series published by Kregel Publications.  Previously I have enjoyed the work on interpreting Old Testament historical books by Robert Chisholm very much and was looking forward to this volume largely because of it.  I was also excited for this volume since apocalytpic literary forms is one of the hardest to interpret in the Old Testament and as a preacher it would be helpful to think through critically and be equipped in handling passages of Scripture like the book of Daniel.

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After dozens of posts dealing with specific Bible contradictions I thought I write on how to handle Bible contradictions.  Here in this post there are three sections: Before Interpreting the Bible, While Interpreting the Bible and Thinking Beyond Bible Contradictions.

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This post is probably more technical than some of the other responses we wrote answering alleged Bible contradiction but I think it is helpful in demonstrating how a working knowledge of the original language of Scripture is helpful and important.

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Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible pose: “How did David kill Goliath?”

Here’s the two answer they pointed out in which their point is that there is a contradiction:

With a sling only.

(“There was no sword in the had of David.”)

And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. 50 Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. (1 Samuel 17:49-50)

He cut off his head with a sword.

Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:51)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible.  What is in bold is the emphasis by the skeptic webpage.)

Also the website also asked “Or did he kill him twice?”

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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I’m behind working on a post dealing with a Bible contradiction which hopefully I would post tommorow or Monday.

For now I thought I share this video that was taught by our brother who blogs at Eternity Matters on the topic of reading the Bible in Context.

He has posted this on Vimeo:

Enjoy!

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Robert B. Chisholm Jr. Interpreting the Historical Books: An Exegetical Handbook.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, December 1st,  2006. 231 pp.

This book exceeded my expectation.  I really enjoyed this book on interpreting the historical narratives found in the Old Testament.  Some people might not think of hermeneutics as “fun” but this really was fun to read.  It was also helpful for me too.  I think the book was a rare combination of being meaty and yet insightful into the Scriptures that makes readers excited to want to read the Old Testament.

The book is divided into six chapters.  The first chapter focuses on what is narrative literature with the breakdown on what are the elements of narratives and interpretative principles that are conscious of them.  The second chapter is on the primary themes of the historical books while the third chapter is on the preparing for interpretation.  Chapter four is titled “interpreting narrative texts,” chapter five is “proclaiming narrative text” and chapter six is “From Text to Application: Two Samples.”

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One thing I’m glad I started this year on our blog has been looking at some Bible contradictions and showing how they really are not contradictory when one examines them carefully.

I decided to look up some of the verses that I answered and see how other Christians have answered it.  I don’t want this to be about me, but I see that some of my posts are more detailed than some of the offered answers out there.

Lord willing I plan to roll out more posts refuting Bible contradictions and showing how they are not contradictions.

But I do want to say something: Answering Bible contradictions takes time.  Why is that?

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