LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Dr. Daniel Warner
of the requirements for the completion of the course
Old Testament – Introduction to Old Testament
September , 2014
John N. Oswalt, curiosity about the study of the Bible and theological
questions was influenced in the 1960s, during his graduate studies at Asbury Theological
Seminary. Followed by further education in Theology, triggered a facet of questions during his
time at Harvard Divinity. William F. Albright, a scholar proposed the questions the Israelites of
the Old Testament and their reasoning about there beliefs. The ...view middle of the document...
Giving credit to Israelite people experience with faith, indicated that Oswalt will use the
Bible story experience illustrated faith. We experience faith in everyday life whether we
realize it or not whether we believe the word of God or myths.
The western world has been founded on a certain way of looking at reality. This was the
beginning of John N. Oswalt, premises to his argument to show that making the Bible out to be a
myth is false. Still giving credit to the thought of scholars searching for the depth of truth of
reality. The study of scholars and Greek Philosophers believed there had to be some type of
connecting force in the universe that brought all things together. They proposed and started the
started the theory in investing this very “thought”. Trying to make sense of why things happen
but we cannot always physically see the cause. Humans seem to negate the evidence of truth in
the Bible, through science and paying close attention to series of events. It obviously has been a
question for decades searching the reality of creation. Why we are living? What are
we to worship? What should we take pleasure in? What is godly and what
isn’t? And so forth.
Oswalt, ability to show the views of the Greeks and Hebrews outlined by mythical and
experience by there test of Israelites faith. Greeks, believed the effects of life were caused by a
unforeseeable force. Their beliefs in myths was illustrated in the Greek play, The Bacchae,
depicting the worship of a wine god. Oswalt, concluded Hebrews had declarations made by
prophets Nehemiah, Ezra, and Malachi.Were simple instructions to their faith. Lack of
obedience and worship to Yahweh, the only God, resulted in Israel’s defeat to Babylon and
Assyrian tyrants. What the Greek paid no attention to the Hebrews had difficulty understand.
Hence, why it seems the theological answer about God, now was pursued through science for
Oswalt, was able to point out through his own research that myth was not even a
category to place the Bible in. In addition he used another scholarly source Arthur Weiser to
point out the Bible connection to monotheism, the belief of one God. The revolutionary turn in
the study of deity shifted much during the scholarly points given. Points of the Bible being
evolutionary, locus revelation, and the thinking of the Bibles integrity containing wrong
information. This is evidence of critical thinking is random and wide range of opinions by
scholars is not reliable information to prove the Bible to be considered a myth. Philosophical
definition suggest under social, literal, and etymology. What is concluded for all three categories
they all tell “stories of gods” (Oswalt p. 39).
Oswalt, goes on to show how broad all these definitions are and lack solid...