Item description for Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology: Reflections of a Bultmannian Turned Evangelical by Eta Linnemann & Robert W. Yarbrough...
Overview The ideas contained in secular humanism, Enlightenment, and German idealism have greatly shaped Western universities and indeed our society. But has it also influenced biblical scholarship? Eta Linnemann, a former student of Rudolf Bultmann and Ernst Fuchs, asserts that it has. The author presents a telling analysis of the relation of scientific method and biblical interpretation within the context of the history of ideas. She offers a radical prescription for its recovery. In his translator's introduction, Robert Yarbrough contends "Linnemann's diagnosis and prescription have preemptive value, calling evangelicals to consider their ways before current maladies escalate to fatal proportions-assuming, of course, that is not already too late."
In "Historical Criticism of the Bible" Eta Linnemann tells how modern Bible scholarship has drifted far from the truth, and why its assumptions are nonetheless so influential and thereby inherently dangerous. In part 1 she analyzes the ideas that have shaped Western thought through four centuries, explaining how secular humanism, the Enlightenment, and German idealism have influenced Western universities in general and biblical scholarship in particular. In part 2 she argues that historical criticism constitutes an ideological system rather than the objective scientific method scholars say they observe--exposing the presuppositions and dangers of the historical-critical system.
"Every leader and participant in our educational system owes it to themselves and to the public to face the issues starkly laid out in this volume. The intellect is in severe trouble today, and Eta Linnemann shows clearly why. Her analysis sets the agenda for responsible Christian intellectuals and ministers in our day." --Dallas Willard, University of Southern California. "
She offers important insights and challenges to all who, within the academic enterprise, seek to be faithful interpreters of the Scriptures as the Word of God." --E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Nov 6, 2001
Publisher Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN 082543095X ISBN13 9780825430954
Reviews - What do customers think about Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology: Reflections of a Bultmannian Turned Evangelical?
Read this *before* theological college May 22, 2005
Linnemann brings a refreshing corrector to the many nonsenses of higher criticism/s. Her conversion story (covered partially in her introduction - pages 17-20) is a beautiful example of God's sovereign grace.
The term "Historical Criticism" is really only defined by the translator - page 7. This may be because Historical Criticism is a more well-known term in the German. It does not seem to be the same as "the Historical-Critical Method" which Edgar Krentz writes about in the Fortress Press offering in the "Guides to Biblical Scholarship" series. Rather, it includes all the higher criticisms, such as form and redactional criticism. Textual criticism is an example of lower criticism, which, used honestly and properly, glorifies God because it is aimed at ascertaining what the text of the original languages actually says, rather than dodging the commands of a holy God. Good introductions to Textual Criticism are Clayton Harrop's "History of the New Testament in Plain Language" and D.A. Carson's "The King James Version Debate". The latter is not simply a polemic against the KJV, it is also a very helpful primer on textual criticism. For those who want to get more serious (or who have slightly deeper pockets), Bruce Metzger's "A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament" is indispensable.
There are three reasons why I was lead to this book:
1) It is in the "For Further Reading" section of "Theological Liberalism: A Handful of Pebbles" by Peter Barnes (along with Machen's "Christianity and Liberalism", Murray's "Evangelicalism Divided" and Shaeffer's "The Great Evangelical Disaster". After having read Barnes' excellent book on theological liberalism I decided to work my way through his whole "For Further Reading" section.
2) I enjoyed, Linnemann's "Is there a Synoptic Problem?", which is also translated by Yarbrough.
3) The overall importance and urgency of the subject matter that Linnemann covers.
I thought that the rather lengthy proposal for evangelical learning centres should have been in the latter part of the book, rather than the former. But this is a minor gripe, and the book thoroughly deserves 5 stars.