Introduction to The New Testament
INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT 1
Introduction to the New Testament
Biblical tradition and the values and insightsof philosophy and science are not very much incompatible. In manyaspects, the two worlds are comparable, and they appear to complementone another. Many of the doctrines integral to biblical traditionhave significant philosophical presuppositions or implications. Inthe history of Christian divinity, philosophy and science haveoccasionally been viewed as a complement to theological thinking,although at other times practitioners of the two disciplines haveconsidered each other as worldly enemies.
The Bible was existed and written during therise and fall of the early cultures of the middle east. As a result,it is full of philosophies developed during the time. In other words,it can be said that the Bible is coloured by the beliefs of the timeit was written. At large, the Hebrews were a client people, meaningthat they existed within cultures and civilisations that were not oftheir creation. They lived within other people`s cultures. As such,all the values that are acceptable to the Talmudic faith areincorporated into their teachings. These same philosophical valuesare mirrored in the Christian New Testament with the Latin proclivityfor Eros during the time it was created. The scholars of that timehad been entirely captivated with the concept of love, and theteachings of the Christian New Testament imitate this. Love was amongthe key concepts that led to the fall of the Roman Empire (McMartin,2013). Ironically, this was what Jesus himself taught, and it can bebelieved that Jesus knew that Rome was destined to failure.Philosophical and science values reasons about God to the point thathe can be known by his effects, the biblical tradition studies thecreator, God, as He is known to himself alone.
McMartin, J. (2013). Analytic Philosophy and Christian Theology.Religion Compass, 7(9), 361-371.
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