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    Christian Theology - Thread: Inspiration of Scripture

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      Quote Originally Posted by jsimms435 View Post
      Which archeologists are you referring to? I haven't heard anything like that.
      Here's a good review: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient...rew-bible.html

      Here's a more detailed discussion of the Exodus and where the people of Israel came from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/moses-exodus.html

      There are more radical versions, that think the whole OT history was created during the Exile. I think the more moderate account in these two articles is more plausible. It assumes that there's some basic truth behind the histories, but that things didn't happen exactly as described.
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      In his former post (Post #28), Pedrito stated that Jesus’ actions in Mark 5:1-20 were decidedly important.

      The Reader might have wondered why that is so.

      First of all, Jesus, by taking the actions He did, gave Scriptural credence to the Jewish exorcism procedure recorded in Jewish writings (but not directly in the Bible itself).

      And by so doing, He also gave indirect credence to an associated Jewish belief that we will see expressed shortly.

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      An interesting interchange is recorded in Matthew 22:41-42:
      41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
      42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.


      So, Matthew 1:20 and Luke 3:31 not withstanding, the term “Son of David” was a recognised title of the long-awaited Messiah (the Saviour of Israel).

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      Now let’s have a look at Matthew 12:23:
      And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? (Note: Ancient Greek had no upper and lower case – capital letters in English etc. are supplied by the translators.)

      The people thought he must be the Messiah.

      Why was that?

      Well, let’s look at the previous verse, Matthew 12:22:
      Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

      The Jews were unable to drive the demon out of such a person. (Because they could not determine the demon’s name.)

      The fact that Jesus was able to do so, was proof that he was the Messiah. That the Messiah alone could drive demons out of people who were unable to speak, was the associated Jewish belief mentioned above.

      By driving out that demon without determining its name, Jesus proved in the eyes of the people that He was indeed the One that would deliver Israel. The fact that He would also be much more, and just how much more, would be revealed later.

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      So the supposed contradiction between Mark 5:1-20 and Matthew 8:28-34, is shown to be not a contradiction at all, but rather God-inspired recording from different perspectives.
      Seeking to understand with precision, God's holy and coherent revelation to us.

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