Bible critics would tell us that the book of Isaiah is like a tapestry, with many hands contributing to its greater unity. Scholars recognize at least three distinct authors in the text. Is this true?
For about twenty-five centuries no one dreamt of doubting that Isaiah the son of Amoz was the author of every part of the book that goes under his name; and those who still maintain the unity of authorship are accustomed to point, with satisfaction, to the unanimity of the Christian Church on the matter, till a few German scholars arose, about a century ago, and called in question the unity of this book. What is true?
The errors of the higher criticism of which I shall write pertain to its very substance. Those of a secondary character the limits of my space forbid me to consider. My discussion might be greatly expanded by additional masses of illustrative material, and hence I close this article with a few book books that I... Continue Reading →
What is the meaning of Higher Criticism? Why is it called higher? Higher than what? At the outset, it must be explained that the word “Higher” is an academic term, used in this connection in a purely special or technical sense. It is not used in the popular sense of the word at all and... Continue Reading →
The survival of the Bible through the ages is very difficult to explain if it is not in truth the Word of God. Books are like men—dying creatures. A very small percentage of books survive more than twenty years, a yet smaller percentage last a hundred years and only a very insignificant fraction represent those... Continue Reading →
Introduction At the very beginning of his monumental work, A History of Literary Criticism and Theory, M. A. R. Habib declares, “In our world it has become more important than ever that we learn to read critically.” What does it mean to “read critically”? What, in fact, is criticism? The term is tossed around and... Continue Reading →
The reliability of the Gospels has long been questioned because of pseudo-scholarship. Were the Gospel writers plagiarists? Did the synoptic Gospel (Matthew, Mark & Luke) writers merely copy from one another? Is there a document called Q? Was the Gospel of Mark written first? Are the Gospels authentic and reliable?
Hebrews 1:1-2a Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 1 Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in many ways, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son … Introduction As our coverage of the various forms of Biblical Criticism in this book has been showing, scholars seek... Continue Reading →
“AS THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES GO, SO GOES THE CHURCH”—J. Gresham Machen—The Christian Faith in the Modern World, p. 65 Should a pulpit committee hire a pastoral candidate from certain seminaries who staff their faculty with evangelical, critical scholars who will train your church people in God’s Word and lead in the spiritual development of your congregation?
We have just spent four chapters explaining the Bible contains no errors and contradictions. They are simply Bible difficulties. In the next few chapters, we will cover some of the accusations by today’s Bible critics. In chapter 17, we will cover whether science has invalidated the Bible, demonstrating it is unscientific. One of the long-held... Continue Reading →