Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Is Scripture Holy?
In today's show we set aside the question of whether we can say the Scriptures are true, reliable, accurate, historically verifiable, false, fake, or toxic, to ask whether they are holy--whether they are in themselves, and whether (and how) they make us holy. Reframing the question this way avoids many of the pitfalls of the past centuries and opens up new possibilities for theological reasoning.
1. The texts we discuss vis-à-vis their being-holy and making-holy qualities are Joshua 8:1–29, Nehemiah 7:7bff, and Mark 9:1. We also refer to Romans 1 and I Timothy 3:16.
2. Yes! Paul Hinlicky (i.e. Dad) has a forthcoming commentary on Joshua in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series. Personal favorites of mine are Ephraim Radner on Leviticus, Robert Jenson on Ezekiel, and Joseph Mangina on Revelation.
3. Walter Brueggemann's book is Theology of the Old Testament.
4. Karl Barth's essay is "The Strange New World within the Bible."
5. The texts of Luther's mentioned in this episode are the Large Catechism (Apostles' Creed, Article III, §40) and "The Freedom of a Christian" (sometimes known in English as "Concerning Christian Liberty").
6. Heiko Oberman's take on Scripture and tradition can be found in The Dawn of the Reformation.
7. Paul Hinlicky's book on God's nature and revelation in light of the gospel is Divine Complexity.
8. You can read about half of Origen's homilies on Joshua on Google Books.
9. Here is the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.
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