“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 Bill Thomason’s new book, “This Is the Word of the Lord”: How the Bible Became Text and Why It Matters, just published by Smyth & Helwys Publishers.  Beginning February 27, 2022 at 4:30 – 5:30 in-person in the CHBC Parlor and via Zoom Bill will offer a seven week long Sunday Evening Theology Forum. Recordings of those session can be found below.
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Session 1 - February 27, 2022

Learning to Read the Bible with a Critical Eye

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Session 2 - March 6, 2022

Oral Tradition of the First Testament

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Session 3 - March 13, 2022

First Written Narratives and Temple Liturgies

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Session 4 - March 20, 2022

The Prophets and the Deuteronomic History

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Session 5: March 27, 2022

The Creative Exile, rise of the Priestly Class, and the Idea of “Scripture”

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Session 6 - April 3, 2022

First and Second Generation Christian Writings

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Session 7 - April 10, 2022

Why the Bible Still Matters

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