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BASICS OF BIBLICAL CRITICISM: Helpful or Harmful? [Second Edition] F. David Farnell, Thomas Howe, Thomas Marshall, Benjamin Cocar, Dianna Newman


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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Publishing House (May 07, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692319857
  • ISBN-10: 0692319859
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9

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Book Description

Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical criticism has done nothing more than weaken and demoralize people's assurance in the Bible as being the inspired and fully inerrant Word of God and is destructive in its very nature . Historical criticism is made up of many forms of biblical criticism that are harmful to the authoritative Word of God: historical criticism, source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-science criticism, canonical criticism, rhetorical criticism, structural criticism, narrative criticism, reader-response criticism, feminist criticism, and socioeconomic criticism. Not just liberal scholarship, but many moderate, even some "conservative" scholars have adopted historical criticism at some level. The authors herein show how adopting any level of biblical criticism by pastors, biblical teachers, students and scholars, will only diminish the trustworthiness of God's Word, e.g., inerrancy. Biblical criticism is extremely flawed , and its attack on the Bible has failed to demonstrate that the Bible is not the Word of God. On this Dr. Robert L. Thomas writes,

Someone needs to sound the alarm when evangelical leaders mislead the body of Christ. A mass evangelical exodus from this time-honored principle of interpreting Scripture is jeopardizing the church's access to the truths taught therein. Whether interpreters have forsaken the principle intentionally or have subconsciously ignored it, the damage is the same.— Robert L. Thomas. Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old (p. 160).


Author Biography

F. David Farnell is Full Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary.

Thomas Howe is Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Thomas Marshall is Adjunct Professor Liberty University

Benjamin Cocar is Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Temple Baptist Seminary.

Dianna Newman  earned her Masters Degree in Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary

Edward D. Andrews is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House, as well as chief translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV)


Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION The History of the High Criticism   1

Canon Dyson Hague   1

CHAPTER 1 History of Modern Criticism   27

F. David Farnell   27

CHAPTER 2 Grammatical-Historical Versus Historical-Critical   37

F. David Farnell   37

CHAPTER 3 Form and Tradition Criticism   42

F. David Farnell   42

CHAPTER 4 Historical Criticism   130

F. David Farnell   130

CHAPTER 5 Rhetorical Criticism   174

Thomas Marshall   174

CHAPTER 6 Reader-Response and Narrative Criticism   188

Thomas Howe   188

CHAPTER 7 Feminist Criticism of the Bible   233

Dianna Newman   233

CHAPTER 8 Socioeconomic Criticism   260

Benjamin Cocar   260

CHAPTER 9 The Synoptic Gospels in the Ancient Church: The Testimony to the Priority of the Gospel of Matthew   273

F. David Farnell   273

CHAPTER 10 Contemporary 21st Century Evangelical NT Criticism: Those Who Do Not Learn From the Lessons of History   307

F. David Farnell   307

CHAPTER 11 The Documentary Hypothesis   380

Edward D. Andrews   380

CHAPTER 12 The Authorship and Unity of Isaiah   433

Edward D. Andrews   433

CHAPTER 13 Daniel Misjudged   448

Edward D. Andrews   448

CHAPTER 14 Bible Difficulties Explained    469

Edward D. Andrews   469

Bibliography 500

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