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Theological Sources: The Bible
POPULAR VIEWS OF THE BIBLE AND HOW PEOPLE USE IT?
Rule Book Christian Roulette & Randomness
Good luck advice Proof‐texting to prove a point
Students should be able to:
This unit will help us move from these “popular” views of using or reading the Bible to being theologians that accurately and properly handle the Bible in its fullness. The Bible is the primary and authoritative source of Christian theology. Students need to be able to unpack the Bible’s larger picture rather than taking it apart in individual pieces. This week’s learning outcomes are listed below.
How‐To Guide to Life
Identify historical context of each book and the original audience Identify themes in the Bible such as God’s Covenant and the Kingdom of God Identify the different types of writings in the Bible and their purpose Have a bigger picture mindset when approaching the Bible
“Every detail of Scripture is worth pursuing endlessly; no scholarly attention expended over the text is ever wasted.” – Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book, Introduction One of the resources we will use is Eugene Peterson’s book titled, “Eat This Book.” Peterson uses a food metaphor and the idea of consuming Scripture to stretch the reader’s perspective.
AS A GROUP, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE BIBLE:
1) WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY TYPES OF LITERATURE OR WRITINGS FOUND IN THE BIBLE? 2) WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT? 3) DESCRIBE THE WAY THAT YOU CURRENTLY READ THE BIBLE AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN OR GAIN AS WE PROGRESS IN THIS UNIT OF STUDY?
PLEASE READ GENESIS, CHAPTER 1‐12 AND MAKE 5 OBSERVATIONS. BEGIN READING EUGENE PETERSONS BOOK (“EAT THIS BOOK”) AND BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF THE TITLE IN GREATER DETAIL. HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE THE WAY THAT YOU WOULD APPROACH SCRIPTURE?