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Monday, October 09, 2006
 
How does the Bible teach? ::

Following the discussion that my first two posts on "What is a family?" and "Does the Bible present a preferred pattern of family?" I realised that there's a need to clarify more how we work out what "the Bible teaches" about some topic. For some it is just a question of grabbing a few convenient sentences from here and there, et voilà ! But that wont wash, a sentence out of context is rubbish, (the Bible says "There is no God" ;-) unless the new context just happens to match up enough with the "old" one...

Different genres "teach" differently. Narrative - even a teaching narrative like parable - works very differently to an epistle or legal text... and then there's the question of the apparently free and easy way the New Testament writers (and even Jesus in the Gospels) seem to treat the Old Testament - as if they were mining it for good weird phrases to quote...

So, I've tried to deal with all of that in just over 1000 words! In "Reading the Bible: seeking teaching on family". Let me know (there or here) what you think...


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