Tag Archives: John Walton

Oral Origins of the New Testament

In the next chapter of The Lost World of Scripture John Walton and D. Brent Sandy emphasize the oral origins of the New Testament. The written text preserved for us is essential for the church today. Neither John Walton nor … Continue reading

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Problems with the Prophets

What does it mean to claim that the prophetic literature is authoritative, inspired, and inerrant (if you like that word)? Does it mean that the named prophet (say Amos) wrote a book now included in our Bible? Does it mean … Continue reading

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The End of the Flood

Well, perhaps not so much the end of the flood as the last post on the new book The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. As Old Testament scholars they have explored the ancient … Continue reading

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Of Moldy Walls and Foreigners

As Christians know, the Bible is an important book. It is through Scripture that we learn about the mission of God in his people Israel. We realize that the Old Testament sets the stage for the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and … Continue reading

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The Most Challenging Passage

I have long felt that the most challenging passage in Scripture is found at the beginning of Genesis 6. When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage

Genesis 1-11 is primeval history and theological history. It plays an important role in the narrative of Genesis. It sets the stage for what is to come … Abraham, Israel, the kingdoms and prophets, exile and return, the front story … Continue reading

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Authority is in the Intent

Communication is a deliberate action with a specific purpose or intent. Human communication generally uses words and sentences and it uses these to convey an idea and to elicit a response. John Walton and Brent Sandy, The Lost World of … Continue reading

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The Unfolding Pattern

We’ve been working through The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. They summarize: Our view has been laid out: a real flood of universal impact was the impetus … Continue reading

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Errant or Inerrant … By What Standard?

The next chapter of The Lost World of Scripture by John Walton and Brent Sandy summarizes their main points thus far. The Bible as we have it emerged out of an oral culture and reflects the values and expectations of … Continue reading

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Local Flood – Authoritative Cosmic Interpretation

The next proposition in The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John Walton puts it on the line. The flood was a real, devastating, event that lived in human memory in the ancient Near East. But … Continue reading

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