“This Is The Word of The Lord” How The Bible Became Text and Why It Matters
Have you ever wondered how the Bible came to be a book? Did biblical authors write books like authors do today, or was that process very different 2,000 to 3,000 years ago? In the ancient world, did you have to know how to read and write in order to be well-informed? When a biblical book was completed, did its author (and those who knew about it) consider it to be Scripture? Where did the idea of Scripture come from? How does the process of the production, editing, and transmission of books affect their status as Scripture — that is, what does that process imply about our use of the Bible today as a guide to our faith and practice?? How would you respond to a fundamentalist (who says the Bible is inerrant) or a secularist (who says the Bible is irrelevant)?
These are some of the questions dealt with in BillThomason’s new book, “This Is the Word of the Lord”: How the Bible Became Text and Why It Matters, published by Smyth & Helwys Publishers. In February 2022 Bill offered a seven week long Sunday Evening Theology Forum. Recordings of those session can be found below.