REL 253: Study Guide 39
Please be very familiar with Gabler. Outline his arguments if that helps. Know what he claims in each paragraph.
What do you think of Gabler's claim that biblical theology needs to be freed from dogmatic theology (church's control)? Where does he talk about that? But then what about dogmatic theology? What is its role?
Learn the distinction between biblical theology (true & pure biblical theology) and dogmatic theology.
Know what Gabler suggests about 1) how to do these 2 theologies and 2) how they should be related.
What came first, the Bible or dogma/doctrine? What came first, religion/faith or the Bible?
Please don't be alarmed by what may go over your head, at least during your first reading (read it several times if you need to). You're always welcome to ask Qs in class—in fact I expect you to have some about this illuminating speech (it's one that helped clarify things for me in the past). It's worth having a photocopy of this (especially if you consider yourself to be religious) to read again in about 10 years & then again in about 20 years & then again in . . . . It's that illuminating, even if you can't understand it fully right now.
Figure out the main points in Meyer about faith & history.
What does he mean by the issue of "faith & history"? (77)
How does he propose that we understand all the gospel claims about Jesus as the Christ? (78)
What does he mean by "synthetic judgment"? (79–80) What does he mean by "patterns of meaning that were imposed" on Jesus' insignificant life? (80)
What does he mean by "analytic judgment"? (80–81)
What does he mean by "language game"? (81–82)
What is his proposal in contrast to the former 3 approaches? (82–83)
What do you think about all this stuff? (This is the most important Q to have a response for on Tue.)