<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /> <title>Note: Christian Tractatus (Theo Todman's Web Page)</title> </head><body> <a name="Top"></a> <h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages</h1><hr><h2>Christian Tractatus</h2><p class = "Centered">(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)<hr> <P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B> 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 :-</B><ul type="disc"><li>Differences in the Old Testament between Kings & Chronicles etc.</li><li>Differences between parallel passages in the Gospels.</li><li>Different portrayals of Jesus in the Synoptic & Johannine Gospels.</li><li>Differences between the ethos of the Old and New Testaments.</li><li>Differences between the main thrusts of the Gospels & the Epistles. </li></ul><ol type="1"><li>In the context of the inerrancy / reliability debate, differences between <a name="1"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_3/Notes_398.htm">parallel</A><SUP>1</SUP> accounts of the same event act as double-edged swords.</li><li>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.</li><li>The Synoptic Problem is an example of literary dependence.</li><li>Variations amongst the different parts of the Bible with respect to message or emphasis are not necessarily <a name="2"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_3/Notes_399.htm">discrepancies</A><SUP>2</SUP>. 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.</li><li>Another problem internal to the Bible is the way in which the New Testament uses the <a name="3"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_4/Notes_400.htm">Old</A><SUP>3</SUP>. 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. </li></ol></P> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR> <TH WIDTH="25%">Note last updated</TH> <TH WIDTH="50%">Reference for this Topic</TH> <TH WIDTH="25%">Parent Topic</TH></TR> <TR><TD WIDTH="25%">12/08/2007 10:17:46</TD> <TD WIDTH="50%">279 (Bible - Internal Self-Consistency)</TD> <TD WIDTH="25%"><A href ="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_183.htm">Reliability</A></TD></TR> </TABLE></center> <hr><h3>Summary of Note Links from this Page</h3> <CENTER> <TABLE Class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR> <td bgcolor="#ffff4d" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_4/Notes_400.htm"><span title="Medium Quality">Bible - New Using Old</span></A></TD> <td bgcolor="#ffcccc" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_3/Notes_398.htm"><span title="Low Quality">Bible - Parallel Accounts</span></A></TD> <td bgcolor="#ffff4d" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_3/Notes_399.htm"><span title="Medium Quality">Bible - Parallel Non-discrepancies</span></A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P class = "Centered">To access information, click on one of the links in the table above.</P> <BR><HR><BR><h3>Summary of Note Links to this Page</h3> <CENTER> <TABLE Class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR> <td bgcolor="#ffff4d" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_183.htm#5"><span title="Medium Quality">Reliability</span></A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P class = "Centered">To access information, click on one of the links in the table above.</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><br><hr><br><h3 class = "Left">Text Colour Conventions</h3><OL TYPE="1"><li><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL><BR> <center><BR><HR><BR><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="2018-08-01T03:14" pubdate>01/08/2018 03:14:42</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>