The Implications of Persistent Biblical Pluriformity (1)

Everything presented thus far points to the reality that the prebiblical and, later biblical, texts all existed in pluriformity, whether considered synchronically or diachronically. As one goes back in time, the story of their origins does not become less complex but rather more. Evidence for the persistent pluriformity of the books that were later includedContinue reading “The Implications of Persistent Biblical Pluriformity (1)”

Persistent Pluriformity of the Biblical Texts

Persistent Pluriformity as Evidenced by Modern Texts and Translations How does the fact that the ancient manuscripts which textual critics analyze are pluriform in nature impact the choice or reconstruction of Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek texts for use today? There is no “original” or even “initial” text for any book included in Jewish or Christian canonsContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of the Biblical Texts”

Persistent Pluriformity of the Prebiblical Texts (6)

Persistent Pluriformity as Evidenced in the Texts of the New Testament Given the evidence we have examined thus far, the state of Jewish Scripture during the development of both rabbinic Judaism and Christianity was pluriform in both Hebrew and Greek. Although several prebiblical texts, such as the Pentateuch and much of the Prophets were consistentlyContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of the Prebiblical Texts (6)”

Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (5)

Latin Versions             Before and during Jerome’s time (ca. 347 – 420 CE), a series of Latin translations based on the LXX were in circulation.  They are grouped together under the term Vetus Latina or Old Latin. Though these are persevered in very fragmentary manuscripts, some portions can be found both in the margins ofContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (5)”

Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (4)

Greek Translations Without a doubt, the single most significant translations which provide evidence of a variety of Hebrew parent texts, are those in Greek. Most commonly, biblical texts translated into Greek are collectively referred to as “the Septuagint.” Sadly, this is misnomer in that the prebiblical Hebrew texts were not all translated at the sameContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (4)”

Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (3)

Implications of Dead Sea Scrolls Pluriformity While there was no “the Bible” during the Second Temple period, the state of the texts that would eventually be included in the Hebrew Bible, and later in the Christian Old Testament, was one of pluriformity. This reality has significant implications for: (1) the importance of every form ofContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (3)”

Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (2)

Needed: A Paradigm Shift One reason this history is important is that these texts have only fully been accessible to all for a mere thirty years even though they were first discovered seventy-five years ago! Thirty years is not a lot of time for the revolutionary implications of the DSS to be examined, debated, andContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (2)”

Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (1)

Prior to 1947 Prior to 1947, while there was a recognition among textual critics that the manuscripts of the prebiblical[1] texts were pluriform in nature, it was understood that there were three main text families/types: (1) Masoretic (MT); (2) Septuagint (LXX); (3) Samaritan Pentateuch (SP). There were some manuscripts that could not be so categorizedContinue reading “Persistent Pluriformity of Prebiblical Texts (1)”

My Passion for All Things Biblical

August 19, 2022 Some may be wondering why I’m researching for, writing, and planning to defend and publish a dissertation with the title, What’s God Got to Do with It? Theological Implications of the Persistent Pluriformity and Polyphony of Τὰ Βιβλία. Well, quite simply, it comes down to the fact that I have an intenseContinue reading “My Passion for All Things Biblical”

DD 1.0 Introduction: Taking Up the Challenge

Posted: August 13, 2022 (approx. 1200 words) For all their criticisms of the “classical” doctrine of God, the very doctrine they find to be so widespread in evangelical circles, open theists nevertheless set about their biblical-theological task with a markedly conservative evangelical understanding of Scriptures. In its best sense, this understanding entails a commitment toContinue reading “DD 1.0 Introduction: Taking Up the Challenge”