<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Word of God?: The Bible After Modern Scholarship (Ward (Keith)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_3672.htm">The Word of God?: The Bible After Modern Scholarship</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/W/Author_Ward (Keith).htm">Ward (Keith)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_3672.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Amazon Customer Reviews</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The book acts as a discussion on what the bible is and how it has been historically understood - bar the 20/21st century and the fundamentalist/literalist movements. </li><li>The book starts by suggesting that the bible was inspired by god, in that people who considered god wrote what they thought about him and how they could interact with him accordingly. It then goes onto discuss how this historical interaction occurred in the Old Testament and how metaphor was central to understanding god. Metaphor itself being neither certain nor distinctive, capable of one central meaning. </li><li>It then goes on to suggest that the bible acts as a historical narrative showing how the understanding of who god is continued to develop until it arrived at the New Testament and the loving example set by Christ. It discusses what Christ would have intended to do with his ministry and how biblically he was unique in the message he gave - which shows how the bible is a developing understanding of what and who god is. </li><li>Finally the book concludes by saying that the bible cannot be taken as word for word revelation. Historically it is a developed narrative on how god is understood and to fail to consider it this way means that contradictions occur, i.e. god cannot be angry and merciful. It also looks at how these contradictions are sometimes used by fundamentalists to explain that god will punish sinners for all eternity, but he does love you - a contradiction in itself. </li><li>The author concludes that the bible should be used and understood to be the revelation of Christ, who was the ultimate inspiration on who god is. It suggests that all those who came before were helping to push the understanding of who god is and what he is like forward, nothing more. It finally suggests that a definitive reading of any biblical text should be avoided as the bible itself is not conclusive enough to support such readings. This means that all readings should be put in the context of the overall message and put into dialogue with readings offered by other parties to see who is more faithful to the biblical message - i.e. god is love, and he loves you. </li><li>Overall, a decent book. Not very long and distinctly aimed at fundamentalists and those who have no idea of what the bible is or how it should be used. The book itself was easy to read, not complex in language and short enough to hold one s interest without seeming incomplete. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Introduction: the Bible and modern scholarship  1</li><li><b>Part 1: The Nature Of Biblical Inspiration</b><ol type="1"><li>The Bible as a spiritual text  7</li><li>Is the Bible inerrant?  14</li><li>Can we believe in biblical miracles?  17</li><li>Diversity in the Bible  23</li><li>What does inspiration mean?  28</li></ol></li><li><b>Part 2: The Old Testament</b><ol type="1"><li>Reading the Old Testament  37</li><li>The prophets  42</li><li>Religious beliefs in the ancient world  47</li><li>Prophetic monotheism  49</li><li>Are there immoral rules in the Old Testament?  54</li></ol></li><li><b>Part 3: Biblical Metaphors And Christian Doctrines</b><ol type="1"><li>Metaphor in the Bible  63</li><li>Metaphors of creation  67</li><li>Metaphors of incarnation  75</li><li>Metaphors of atonement  84</li><li>Metaphors of salvation  91 </li></ol></li><li><b>Part 4: The New Testament</b><ol type="1"><li>The positive gospel of unlimited divine love  99</li><li>Metaphors of the kingdom of God  104</li><li>The kingdom: a case study  113 </li></ol></li><li><b>Part 5: The Development Of Ideas In The Bible</b><ol type="1"><li>The development of biblical ideas of God and morality  123</li><li>New Testament developments of biblical ideas  128</li><li>The development of biblical ideas of the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>1</SUP>  132 </li><li>A case study in development: retributive and restorative justice  139 </li><li>Development beyond the Bible: the cosmic story to which the Bible points  142</li><li>Conclusion: the Bible as the word of God  149</li></ol></li></ul></FONT></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T03:59" pubdate>02/08/2018 03:59:46</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>