By Norman L. Geisler
The booklet is split up into 4 significant parts,
Part one: idea of the Bible
Part : Canonization of the Bible
Part 3: Transmission of the Bible
Part 4: Translation of the Bible
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Genesis In Genesis God spoke to the patriarchs (cf. Gen. 12, 26, 46), and they made records in a permanent “family album” of divine dealings under the title “This is the book [records] of the generations of . ” (5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10; 25:12, 19; 36:1; 37:2). 1. Michelangelo’s “Moses” (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Exodus In Exodus the record reads, “God spoke all these words” (20:1). “And the tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing” (32:16). Moses said to the people, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do” (35:1).
Everyone who knows the words of those sentences knows exactly what they mean, even if they do not have the foggiest idea about the author’s intended purpose. 2. 141‐56. boil a kid in its mother’s milk would have the same meaning if it appeared in a cookbook, although the significance of the passage is obviously enhanced by its being in God’s Book. 20 2. It is not the purposes of the biblical authors that are inspired; the propositions of Scripture are inspired. The locus of inspiration is in the written text (2 Tim.
Limitation or misunderstanding? An important question arises from the issue of Jesus never accommodating to human error, and it is related to His divine-human nature. The Bible speaks of Christ’s “increasing in wisdom” (Luke 2:52), not knowing what was on the fig tree (Matt. 21:19), and not knowing the time of His second coming (Matt. 24:36). If Jesus were limited in His understanding as a man, was it not possible that He made some mistakes in His teaching? This question is built on a confusion of limitation and misunderstanding.
A General Introduction to the Bible by Norman L. Geisler