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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)

We now consider some issues of the internal self-consistency of the Bible, the major problems of which include the following discrepancies, or alleged discrepancies. Examples could be multiplied, but I have restricted myself to some general observations :-

  1. In the context of the inerrancy / reliability debate, differences between parallel1 accounts of the same event act as double-edged swords.
  2. In conservative Biblical scholarship, inter-source agreement on peripheral matters is sometimes taken as being a significant pointer to the reliability of the main subject-matter preserved in these sources. However, if the two accounts are, in general, identical in peripheral areas, literary dependence is the more natural conclusion.
  3. The Synoptic Problem is an example of literary dependence.
  4. Variations amongst the different parts of the Bible with respect to message or emphasis are not necessarily discrepancies2. It is possible, indeed likely, that these differences were intended by the respective authors. For instance, God's ways of dealing with men (or the situation of the times generally) may have changed in the interim between the instances in question.
  5. Another problem internal to the Bible is the way in which the New Testament uses the Old3. Superficially, at least, the New Testament takes texts out of context, quotes the text loosely where the precise wording would seem to be essential to the argument, and adopts other liberties with the text that no competent modern Bible student would dare to do.

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