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The Intrusion and the Decalogue

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  1. grungegun
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    The article is by Meredith Kline, a fairly well known theologian. This is basically his explanation of Old Testament God vs New Testament God. I don't see many religious posts here, except for...

    The article is by Meredith Kline, a fairly well known theologian. This is basically his explanation of Old Testament God vs New Testament God.

    I don't see many religious posts here, except for @suspended, so I'll be interested to here your thoughts on it. Also, there's a certain rhythm to reading the article. It may start out rough, but it does get easier, and the ideas discussed in it are definitely valuable, at least if you're interested in a Reformed perspective on Biblical continuity.

    Edit: JI wasn't very clear. The article is against the dichotomy, I am too.

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    The title that you originally posted for the article was: I corrected the title. I am a lay person who has spent most of my time studying Biblical scholarship through the lens of the...

    The title that you originally posted for the article was:

    Intrusion of the Decalogue

    I corrected the title.

    I am a lay person who has spent most of my time studying Biblical scholarship through the lens of the historical-critical method.

    Please, before you continue to read what I have to say, read that Wikipedia article (or at least the first paragraph).

    The Bible isn't a book in the way we understand books today. The Bible is a library. It is a huge anthology.

    Thus, there are many authors that contributed to this library. I believe that it is important to hear from each author in and of themselves.

    Every single author had their own belief system that was influenced by others before them, politics, polemic, so on and so forth.

    This false dichotomy of a 'Hebrew Bible God' versus an 'Early Jesus Movement God' is a mistake that is easily made by so many people.

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      Thanks for the change of title. Sorry that I wasn't clear. I don't believe there is a dichotomy, and the article argues explicitly that there isn't. I'll update my comment to make it clearer....

      Thanks for the change of title.

      This false dichotomy of a 'Hebrew Bible God' versus an 'Early Jesus Movement God' is a mistake that is easily made by so many people.

      Sorry that I wasn't clear. I don't believe there is a dichotomy, and the article argues explicitly that there isn't. I'll update my comment to make it clearer.

      Edit: Also, I should emphasize that this is a religious article, and Kline presumably doesn't agree with higher criticism, and other modern critical techniques. I think his article is lit despite that.

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        That's fine and everything but I just don't approach the Biblical texts from a theologian's point of view. Again, I deal with this material from a historical-critical method. Ultimately, I'm...

        That's fine and everything but I just don't approach the Biblical texts from a theologian's point of view. Again, I deal with this material from a historical-critical method.

        Ultimately, I'm trying to bracket or set aside my personal beliefs when I study textual criticism.

        I must say that this is difficult to do for anyone whether they are a scholar or not. Biases always creep in so it is a constant struggle.