Old Testament Studies Today

Modern scholarship raises new challenges for thinking about inspiration, canonicity and interpretation. How the Bible was compiled – the writers, editors and their historical context – is now better understood. What issues do we face today that past generations barely understood?

Authorial intent is often appealed to when interpreting a text's meaning, at least by conservative interpreters. The very same principle would be involved in interpreting the intention of editors of Biblical text, not just authors. But what if the editor's intention differed from that of the original author? These are precisely the challenges we need to face in reflecting upon the history of text transmission, the theologies that emerge from the Bible, and the theory of how we are to interpret this Book.

The Bible shows overwhelming evidence of having been edited, and the faithful would presume the Holy Spirit works through this process as well. Here is just a snip of how Biblical scholars spot the signs of editing:

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