REL 253: Study Guide 40


Brown, Responses


Why did the Reformers discredit certain books, which are now part of the Protestant Apocrypha?


Why would it be difficult, if not impossible, to add books (like the Apocryphal books, in the case of the Protestants) to the canon?


What does he say is the meaning of the term "word of God"?


What does he mean by saying that the Bible is a library?


How does he understand the notion of "inspiration"?


What do you think about all this stuff? (This is the most important Q to have a response for on Tue.)





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?



"Last" things . . .


What questions still remain concerning all that you learned this semester about what the Bible contains and how people read, study, and interpret the Bible?



Bring your own written Qs & Cs that show your engagement with all the reading assignments (esp. in the light of Meyer's article and Gabler's speech).




Also, please prepare to answer the questions on the course evaluation for this class. Think seriously about what we did from the first days of this semester  (not necessarily what you liked or disliked, but what you found valuable, meaningful, or effective, and what strengths or weaknesses the course or instructor had, and what changes you would suggest).