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God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible

Jaensch, Andrew (2014) God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible. Lutheran Theological Journal, 48 (3). pp. 186-197. ISSN 0024-7553


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This article explores what is meant by a critical approach to the Bible in the context of teaching a foundational unit on the Bible to school teachers or teachers in training. It stresses that a “critical” approach is not meant to be negative but positive. It does not question the authority of scripture but leads the reader into a deeper appreciation of its form, structure, and overall unity. It also wrestles with different Old Testament texts and stresses that ultimately the whole Old Testament can only be properly understood in the light of Christ. This Christocentric approach to the Old Testament looks towards the New Testament and God’s own willing self-submission in Christ to human violence. On the cross we see in faith God’s power hidden under human weakness; his victory hidden behind defeat. A critical approach plumbs the depths of scripture and can lead to a stronger and more resilient faith as it wrestles honestly with difficult problems.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Christocentricity of scripture; theology of the cross; biblical criticism; Old Testament; violence in the Old Testament; Old Testament as a Christian book; scripture as divine and human; Bible study, biblical authority.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Ms Rosslyn Darmody
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 00:12
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 00:12
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1768

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