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By Norman L. Geisler

The ebook 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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5:17; 7:12), and only once does it even suggest a possible threefold (Luke 24:44). However, in the same chapter, Jesus refers to “Moses and . . the prophets” as being “all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). Within the Old Testament itself there is a basic, twofold division between the law of Moses and all the prophets who came after him (Neh. 9:14, 26 and Dan. 9:2, 11 ). The same twofold division is carried on in the period between the Old and New Testaments (2 Macc. 11). 5 THE LAW The first and most important section of the Old Testament is the Torah, or law of Moses.

That is sufficient for a “cast metal sea” (2 Chron. 4:2) in an ancient Hebrew temple, even though it would not suffice for a computer in a rocket. But one should not expect scientific precision in a prescientific age. The Bible speaks correctly in the language of its day in the mode of understanding of the people of that day. The Bible must be judged by the very nature of the divine revelation. The revelation came from God through men speaking human language and living in a cultural context. To be meaningful it had to come in the language of the prophets and apostles and employ the cultural background of figures, illustrations, analogies, and everything else associated with linguistic communication.

43:11; Dan. 7:1 Hab. 2:2). AN EXPLANATION OF BOOKS THAT LACK EXPLICIT CLAIM FOR INSPIRATION The vast majority of the books of the Old Testament (about twenty-six of thirty-nine) explicitly claim that they are God’s words to men, but some do not have such clear statements as to their origin. Several reasons may be offered in the clarification of this important matter. They are all part of a given section Every book is included within the organic unity of a section (Pentateuch, Prophets, Writings) in which there is distinct and indisputable claim for inspiration, which fact thereby speaks for every book within that section.

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