Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?

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Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?

Authors: Craig L. Blomberg, Darrell L. Bock, Richard S. Hess, Alan Millard, Eckhard

Is historical accuracy an indispensable part of the Bible’s storyline, or is Scripture only concerned with theological truths? As progressive evangelicals threaten to reduce the Bible’s jurisdiction by undermining its historical claims, every Christian who cares about the integrity of Scripture must be prepared to answer this question.

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? offers a firm defense of Scripture’s legitimacy and the theological implications of modern and postmodern approaches that teach otherwise. In this timely and timeless collection of essays, scholars from diverse areas of expertise lend strong arguments in support of the doctrine of inerrancy. Contributors explore how the specific challenges of history, authenticity, and authority are answered in the text of the Old and New Testaments as well as how the Bible is corroborated by philosophy and archaeology.

With contributions from respected scholars—including Allan Millard, Craig Blomberg, Graham Cole, Michael Haykin, Robert Yarbrough, and Darrell Bock—Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? arms Christians with fresh insight, arguments, and language with which to defend Scripture’s historical accuracy against a culture and academy skeptical of those claims.

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Part 1: Biblical, Systematic, and Historical Theology

  1. Religious Epistemology, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, and Critical Biblical Scholarship: A Theologian’s Reflections
  2. The Peril of a “Historyless” Systematic theology
  3. The Divine Investment in Truth: Toward a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy
  4. “These Things Happened”: Why a Historical Exodus Is Essential for Theology
  5. Fundamentum et Columnam Fidei Nostrae: Irenaeus on the Perfect and Saving Nature of the Scriptures

Part 2: The Old Testament and Issues of History, Authenticity and Authority

  1. Pentateuchal Criticism and the Priestly Torah
  2. Old Testament Source Criticism: Some Methodological Miscues
  3. Word Distribution as an Indicator of Authorial Intention: A Study of Genesis 1:1–2:3
  4. The Culture of Prophecy and Writing in the Ancient Near East
  5. Isaiah, Isaiahs, and Current Scholarship
  6. Daniel in Babylon: An Accurate Record?
  7. A Critical-Realistic Reading of the Psalm Titles: Authenticity, Inspiration, and Evangelicals
  8. The Old Testament as Cultural Memory

Part 3: The New Testament and Issues of History, Authenticity, and Authority

  1. God’s Word in Human Words: Form-Critical Reflections
  2. A Constructive Traditional Response to New Testament Criticism
  3. Precision and Accuracy: Making Distinctions in the Cultural Context That Give Us Pause in Pitting the Gospels against Each Other
  4. Paul, Timothy, and Titus: The Assumption of a Pseudonymous Author and of Pseudonymous Recipients in the Light of Literary, Theological, and Historical Evidence
  5. Saint Paul on Cyprus: The Transformation of an Apostle

Part 4: The Old testament and Archaeology

  1. Enter Joshua: The “Mother of Current Debates” in Biblical Archaeology
  2. Yahweh’s “Wife” and Belief in One God in the Old Testament
  3. New Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Early History of Judah
  4. The Archaeology of David and Solomon: Method or Madness?
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