Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology? By Eta Linnemann. Originally published in German as Wissenschaft oder Anfragen and Alternativen. Neuhausen: Friedrich Hanssler,
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Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology? By Eta Linnemann. Originally published in German as Wissenschaft oder Anfragen and Alternativen. Neuhausen: Friedrich Hanssler, Translated by Robert Yarborough. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Eta Linnemann is an eminent continental scholar, a former student of Rudolf Bultmann, and a member of the prestigious Society for New Testament Studies. In she literally threw her many publications into the trash and invited others to do likewise.
Addressing the state of affairs in the German universities in the first part of her book, Linnemann calls for a break-away Bible College movement. She then turns to her main topic, Historical Criticism and the Bible. And they should applaud her frankness and courage. I seriously doubt that it will get much if any of a hearing from her former colleagues who have probably not heard a pulpit pounded since before their qualifying exams.
For my money, a second volume in which she constructively engages those elements of Historical Criticism that are hostile to faith would be welcome. Linnemann lists herself among the weak. Her humility is disarming, and her point well taken. Most liberals are as coercive as … well … as most of the rest of us. In the end it is not our brains that typically fail us, but our character cf.
James It is a set of beliefs resting ultimately on a personal trust in Jesus Christ. Those who study at institutions that are not sympathetic to such faith should expect to be faced with questions they cannot answer. They should expect their colleagues to find them a little odd.
This is the scandal of the Cross, the foolishness of Christianity. It is a privilege Eta Linnemann now personally knows, and which she seems to have taken in stride.
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The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar stylos and ground of the truth. Along these lines, I have long been intrigued by the testimony of German New Testament scholar Eta Linnemann who was trained in higher criticism, studying with top scholars like Rudolph Bultmann, but later rejected it after experiencing an evangelical conversion. This critique first appeared in German as Wissenschaft oder Meinung?
Historical Criticism of the Bible
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. I am sensitive to these kinds of special days as I am always trying to find ways to fit in. After writing a couple books using this methodology she was, by her own testimony, converted. Historical-Critical theology presupposes that the supernatural is not true. A God this transcendent ends up being no different than a God who is completely immanent.
Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology
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