Chapter Sub 2 Essay

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Chapter Submission Assignment 2

1. Do you agree that the Bible is a divine-human book? Why or why not?

Yes, I agree that the Bible is a divine-human book. Obviously humans wrote the different “books” of the Bible. And in their respected books they claim that this holy book is by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. Thus you have a divine-human book, though it’s the divine that gives it true value and importance.

2. What is textual criticism? How is it possible to have a high view of the authority of the Scripture and a positive view of textual criticism at the same time?

Textual criticism is a discipline that focuses on bringing about “the most accurate text possible based upon available manuscript evidence. God’s
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If we don’t get one part then we just spiritualize it or turn it into an “Aesop’s Fable” so that we can learn something useful from it. If we don’t like another part then we just twist the words around so that it does not sound so harsh. Is that what God really intended? This is the main difference between the Reader Response and Authorial Intent: one is taking a personal bias to interpret meaning and the other is a method of communication. Authorial Intent, takes into consideration that the author is communicating with purpose; be it: information, entertainment, persuasion, argumentation, exploration, evaluation, documentation, instruction, application, and negotiation. The reader is obligated to search for the intended purpose, whereas reader response gives the author no purpose to exist, because the reader determines meaning.


Element 1: A Christian person who has lost his/her job.

Element 2: A Christian who is experiencing a variety of trying circumstances as a result of following Christ faithfully.

The Christian trusts that God will take care of his/her family and will help him/her to find a job soon.

Element 3: Christ will give the Christian strength to endure any circumstances.

This gives the Christian strength and confidence, which shows in interview. S/he finds a job in a few
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