The Bible and Its Worldview as a Cultural Document

John D. Early

in Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043838 | DOI:
The Bible and Its Worldview as a Cultural Document

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Taking an anthropological point of view, this chapter examines the Bible as a cultural document that employed theological categories of Hebrew culture to give moral instruction. The Bible as it currently exists is the result of theological interpreters editing ancient Jewish traditions to express the moral pattern of human communities: election, sin, judgment, redemption, liberation. This same pattern was used by early Jewish Christians to express the meaning of the life of Jesus. The biblical editors used a literary technique of parallel “historical” phases to form the pattern that symbolizes and teaches moral action and its metaphysical import, not to prove it nor to narrate history in a contemporary sense.

Keywords: Bible; anthropological view; edited work; literary technique; literary parallelism; moral action; biblical pattern

Chapter.  4099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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