Gutenberg Bible of the New York Public Library, bought by James Lenox in 1847. The first to come to the USA, national folklore has it that the officers at the New York Customs House removed their hats on seeing it. CHRISTIAN SCRIPTUREDivine Word and Human Words
BibliologyThe study of the Bible for morethan simply academic purposes.“Without a proper view of theBible our views about God, Jesus,salvation, eternity, [and a host ofother topics] become clouded anddistorted.”
Bibliology – Helpful InformationBible = “book” = the Written Word of God = holds the key to knowing for certain that God exists = God speaking and revealed!
Bibliology – Helpful InformationWhy a written record? To reach all generations, that would touch people everywhere.
Bibliology – Helpful InformationThe Bible inspired:5. Inerrancy (think practice or method)6. Infallibility (think principle or idea)
Bibliology – Helpful InformationThe Bible guarded:The writers were not robots.The writers were human (some more so than others ).
Bibliology“Is the Bible truly God’s Word?”Internal Evidences: 1) unity, 2) detailed prophecies, and 3) unique authority and power
BibliologyExternal Evidences:1) historicity,2) integrity of the human authors,3) resilience/indestructibility
Bibliology – Helpful InformationThe canon of Scripture-- “books recognized by TGT as inspired”--Old Testament place and influence--In our day, became fixed by AD 367 under Athanasius, and also confirmed in AD 397 (Carthage).
Bibliology – Helpful InformationThe canon of Scripture3 criteria for canonicity: --Apostolic in origin? --Used and recognized by churches? --Teach sound doctrine?
Bibliology“Does the Bible contain errors, contradictions, or discrepancies?” A considered approach valuing infallibility over inerrancy
BibliologyWhat to do with alleged Bibleerrors? The “Paramount” Question Not, “Is it fully accurate in every detail it records?” But, “Does it lead into truth?”
Review1. Bible2. Important Terms3. External/Internal Evidence4. Canon of Scripture5. Important Questions and Paramount Question