ok so i went through the website wondering where i should start reading…and hit upon the following article Briefly, 3 Edgy Things About How the Old Testament Works - The Bible For Normal People
Please accept that my critique of individuals who do not align with my own beliefs is going to be to focus on highlighting the negatives…and i hope that you guys can recognise that is our nature…we are looking for the error in other peoples views.
Dr enns makes the following claims…
- The Old Testament contains diverse theologies and perspectives that reflect the personalities, purposes, and changing times of the biblical writers. Without accepting that, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Jonah and Nahum, and the contradictory law codes of the Pentateuch will forever be a problem.
My response to this is that according to my own denominations understanding, there are no contradictory law codes of the Pentateuch! If Dr ennes seems to think so, then i would immediately question his religious denomination and especially what day of the week he worships on. Believe it or not, one of the biggest stumbling blocks the law has on Christians is those who worship on Sunday…and i belive that is because they have attempted to reconcile Sunday worship by claiming the Mosaic law is old and outdated and Christ brought in a new one (the new convenant).
The flaw in the old vs new covenant theology and sunday worship is this…the bible tells us clearly that even Abraham was saved by faith (not by the sacrifices of sheeps and goats). The new covenant is very clearly no different to the old one. It is simply a more concise definition…a catalogue of the 10 commandments ie first few commandments are about loving God and the latter, about loving your neighbour…they are joined by our creators ministry and keeping the Sabbath.
- The Old Testament as a collection of books took shape in response to the crisis of the Babylonian exile 586-539 BCE .
hmm i take issue with this…jewish history dates back long before the Babylonian empire. Are we honestly going to make the claim that all of those writings were so accurately compiled across vast distances in the region without a written record? Sorry but that is a difficult claim for the modern scientific approach to make.
Oh and there is also this… Professor Gershon Galil of the department of biblical studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign), and has shown that this is a Hebrew inscription. The discovery makes this the earliest known Hebrew writing. Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered.
- The writings of the Old Testament are more windows onto the times in which they were written than they are historical accounts of the events they describe.
I do not think this even needs a proper response…it is clearly obvious given the dates, times, places, and witnesses to the writings of the Old Testament that Dr Ennes claim here is absolutely false. If he wishes to turn the old testament into fairytales…
it becomes nothing more than writings that at best are comparible to Socratean morality lessons. As such, I wold have to immediately challenge any Christian with the following dilemma:
if biblical writings are simply philosophical morality lessons, who needs Christ and who needs salvation? According to Socrates, we can simply fix it all ourselves!
- Dr Ennes finalises the above article with the statement willingness to accept how Scripture comes to us is a mark of faith and trust in God, not an act of disloyalty to God.
see i have a big problem with such a claim…even Dr Ennes should know that the prophet Samuel (a real man of God he knew king david personally and not just a mythical character), said to king Saul “to obey is better than to sacrifice”. God is not interested in our version of morality, our version of explaining our lack of obedience, our lack of belief…God has simply told us to obey! The bible is quite specific about its history…these are not allegorical stories from which to draw Socratean morality arguments.
Sorry guys, despite the academic achievements of Dr Ennes, even a lowly Bachelor degree holder such as myself is easily finding serious biblical challenges to the fundamental claims in this article…and i have done this all off the top of my head without even researching! (ok so i did google “oldest Jewish writings” and posted the top rank response i got in google, however i knew that his 6th century claim wasnt accurate)
So first article i have read…is a huge fail. And since this is the foundation from which i imagine he intends to read into biblical writings such that he can force harmony with whatever his actual world view is…its not a good start. I hope he isnt ID or YEC…if he is, im shooting myself in the foot because i cannot agree with his statements above.