The Importance of Literary Analysis for Biblical Hermeneutics [An Excerpt]

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reymondRobert Reymond’s A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith is an excellent work. I’ve been making my way through it slowly over the past few weeks. Some time last week or so, I came across Reymond’s defense of the historicity of Genesis 1-11. He defends the historicity of the text, over against the idea that they are mythological and/or poetic, by appealing to the literary themes and devices used throughout the entire book of Genesis.

The significance of this defense is that it does not depend upon extrabiblical data (e.g. word-count theories concerning authorship, other ancient near eastern religious texts, etc). What follows is a long(ish) quotation from the relevant section of Reymond’s book.

Enjoy.

Soli. Deo. Gloria.

-h.

Modern thought, nevertheless, regards the early chapters of Genesis as at best religious saga, that is, as mythological stories that, while not actually historical, nevertheless intend to convey religious truth. The…

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