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Echt gebeurd? Verhalen of feiten? Over historische en literaire bijbelkritiek en de zeggenschap van de bijbel

HM Vroom

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 28, No 1 (2007), 345-371. doi: 10.4102/ve.v28i1.111

Submitted: 17 September 2007
Published:  17 November 2007

Abstract

A serious objection against Christian  faith is that the Bible is not trustworthy because the history it relates does not correspond to the facts of history. In theology this problem is “solved” by some biblical scholars by an acceptance of the research methods that are used for all literature alike while others accept the historical critique by understanding the biblical history  as a faithful but a-historical revelation. Fundamentalists reject  the historical-critical objections and stress the inerrancy of Scripture. In this contribution these three
“answers” are rejected: biblical studies shall take the (real) facts serious indeed (pace inerrancy), nor jump into an a-historical revelatory history next to historical criticism (pace strong Barthian views in the “Amsterdam School”), but neither read religious scriptures all in the same way “as all literature” — but apply academic methods as is appropriate for the Hebrew and Greek
Bible. 

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HM Vroom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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