The Bible's Seven Pillars of Wisdom
by David Hamshire
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Available from : Christian Publications International
Interestingly, this short study makes a useful follow-up to Peter Sammons' "The Messiah Pattern", also available via CPI (re-published internationally as "The Jesus Pattern"). A PowerPoint summary of the main theological 'connections' is included here: [ click here ], and readers might want to associate this with the booklet as a visual summary.
From the Foreword, by Desi Maxwell:
While we stand indebted to many scholars, much academic study of the Bible is specialized. An 'expert' on the Hebrew Bible is not allowed to comment on the New Testament, and vice versa. Such is the degree of specialization that the view of the sweeping forest has been obscured by the twigs on the trees. The outcome is to the detriment of us all. Given the fact that Hebrew, the language of the Scriptures, has no word for theology, doctrine or creed, surely alerts us to something? All our attempts to 'organize' the Bible into rigidly systematic units is rather meaningless. Surely, it's time to take a step back and to look at the text as a whole?
Abraham Heschel once observed that the Greek studies to understand, while the Hebrew studies to revere. Our reverence, and indeed our awe, will certainly only increase as we grow in sensitivity to interconnections of time, place and people in this unique literature. This is what David does in these pages. It's as if he invites us to don a new pair of 'tri-focals' to see with excitement that no one text can be studied in isolation. No one angle, neither time, place, nor people, will provide a definitive interpretation, but all three combine to give us a high definition insight. The rabbis were often masterful at this and their method sets them apart from our traditional western methods.
As you journey with David, you won't find everything sitting neatly labelled on shelves, ordered with the precision that we've come to expect. That's simply not the way that the Bible was intended to be read.
I invite you to travel with David as he discards the old containers and lets the richness of the flavours mix.
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