Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thoughts on Issues in the Theology of Scripture Part 2: The Idea of the Bible

Greetings, faithful readers!

Welcome to Part 2 of my new blog series discussing the course I'm currently taking entitled "Issues in the Theology of Scripture." If you would like to know what this series and the course are about you can check out the introductory post linked below. If you would like to read Part 1, which reproduces an essay I composed for the course on the topic "What do we mean when we say that the Bible is true and what methods of interpretation help us to appreciate its
truthfulness," check out the link for Part 1 below.

This second post will address a few ruminations I derived from the lecture and presentation given by my professor, Shane, this past Thursday. The topic for the day was "The Emergence of the Idea of the Bible in the Second Temple Period." Let me give you a brief overview of the material Shane covered in order to then create some linkages to my own thought.

As our assignment for the previous night, Shane had us read a few texts from what is known as the Second Temple Period. With a little wiggle room for scholarly debate in Jewish/Biblical History, the Second Temple Period is the time stretching from the Israelite return from exile (approximately 537 BCE) until the destruction of the eponymous second temple by Romans quelling a Jewish Revolt (70 CE).