Why Do Churchgoers Need to Be Warned and Educated About the Dangers of Biblical Criticism?

Higher critics have taught that much of the Bible was composed of legend and myth, that Moses did not write the first five books of the Bible, 8th century Isaiah did not write Isaiah, there were three authors of Isaiah, 6th century Daniel did not write Daniel, it was penned in the 2nd century BCE. Higher critics have taught that Jesus did not say all that he said in his Sermon on the Mount and that Jesus did not condemn the Pharisees in Matthew 23, as this was Matthew because he hated the Jews. These are just highlights for there are

THE HISTORY OF THE HIGHER CRITICISM

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 →

BIBLICAL CRITICISM: Rhetorical Criticism

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 →

The Word of God Builds Faith

The very first Christians who were disciples of Christ had a bit of an advantage, as they traveled with Jesus, they heard and saw him. They were assured that he was the Messiah by the things they saw and heard, such as his healing the sick, opening blind eyes, raising the dead, Jesus himself being... Continue Reading →

The Alarming Rise of the Evangelical Hyperbolic Hermeneutic as Opposed to the Traditional Grammatic-Historical Approach

This year, Protestants celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation (1517-2017). Since the days of the Reformation, except perhaps for their inconsistency in prophetic literature like the book of Revelation, the Reformers fervently championed the plain, normal, literal interpretation of Scripture. Indeed, one can say that the Reformation was at heart a hermeneutical reformation in biblical interpretation. During... Continue Reading →

Form Criticism and Tradition Criticism

2 Peter 1:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. Introduction The historical-critical methods of form[1] and tradition[2] criticism are the natural end-products of the radical historical... Continue Reading →

Grammatical-Historical Versus Historical-Critical

Great Confusion over Terminology and Practice Overview Much confusion exists in evangelical circles regarding grammatico-historical and historical-critical approaches to exegesis.[1] These two hermeneutical disciplines are distinct and must not be confused by evangelicals. Several factors may be cited in contrast. The independence approach associates itself with the grammatico-historical hermeneutic that has its roots in the... Continue Reading →

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