Justin Taylor, writing for the Religion News Service, adds his critique of Newsweek’s recent article on the Bible to others about which I’ve posted. He closes with this:
If Eichenwald wants to engage his subject matter with the true intellectual curiosity it deserves, he may discover that he has a far more interesting story to report next Christmas.
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The many sins of Newsweek’s expose on the Bible (COMMENTARY) – The Washington Post.
Here’s how Michael Kruger begins “Part Two” of his critique of Newsweek’s “hit piece” on the Bible.
On Christmas Eve, I wrote part one of my review of Kurt Eichenwald’s piece, and highlighted not only the substantive and inexcusable litany of historical mistakes, but also the overly pejorative and one-sided portrait of Bible-believing Christians…I appreciate that even Kurt Eichenwald joined the discussion in the comments section.
But the problems in the original Newsweek article were so extensive that I could not cover them in a single post. So, now I offer a second (and hopefully final) installment.
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A Christmas Gift from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 2) | Canon Fodder.
Al Mohler joins with Michael Kruger and Daniel Wallace to create a chorus of criticism for Newsweek and its writer Kurt Eichenwald and their cover story “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”
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Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin – AlbertMohler.com.
Yesterday I drew attention to Michael Kruger’s scathing criticism of Newsweek’s recent major misrepresentation of the Bible. Another New Testament scholar, Daniel Wallace was similarly incensed.
Dan Wallace concludes his critique with this:
I applaud Kurt Eichenwald for stirring up Christians to think about what he has written and to reexamine their beliefs and attitudes. But his numerous factual errors and misleading statements, his lack of concern for any semblance of objectivity, his apparent disdain for and lack of interaction with genuine evangelical scholarship, and his über-confidence about more than a few suspect viewpoints, makes me wonder. I wonder why he really wrote this essay, and I wonder what he hoped to accomplish. The article reads like it was written by a political pundit who thought he might try something clever: If he could just link conservative Christianity with conservative politics, and show that Christians’ smugness about being Bible-based believers was both incorrect exegetically and had a poor, self-contradictory foundation (since the Bible is full of errors and contradictions), he could thereby deal a deathblow to both conservative Christianity and conservative politics. I do not wish to defend conservative politics, but simply point out that evangelicals do not fit lock, stock, and barrel under just one ideological tent. Eichenwald’s grasp of conservative Christianity in America as well as his grasp of genuine biblical scholarship are, at best, subpar. And this article is an embarrassment to Newsweek—or should be!
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Predictable Christmas fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible | Daniel B. Wallace.
On December 23, 2014, Newsweek published a 9,000-word cover-story by Kurt Eichenwald titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” Professor Michael J. Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte gives it its due this first installment of a response.
My own response to this Newsweek “hit” piece can be seen in the following two comments I made to it on the Newsweek site:
I once held a view practically identical to the author of this article. Then I decided to read and study the New Testament for myself. It didn’t take me long to realize that the New Testament documents made more sense than the view I had held of it.
How does this writer claim to be dealing with the Bible when he fails to deal at all with the central claim of the Bible? That is, the New Testament repeatedly and emphatically declares that Jesus of Nazareth has been made Lord of heaven and earth by virtue of His resurrection from the dead according to the promises of God in the Old Testament. Do you wonder at all why the journalist devotes himself to majoring on minors?
While Dr. Kruger deals with Eichenwald’s errors of commission, I dealt with what I felt was far graver: his error of omitting discussion of the Bible’s central claim.
This Newsweek essay reminds me of how hostile modern culture has become to Jesus Christ. It also reminds me that half-truths are more pernicious than outright lies. Anyone who trusts Newsweek’s opinion of the Bible has put themselves in demonstrably unreliable hands. Do today’s journalists not realize that they have made “journalistic integrity” an oxymoron?
I only recommend that you read Kruger’s critique. Reading Eichenwald’s article is a punishment no one deserves.
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A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 1) | Canon Fodder.
2013 BEST SELLING BIBLES BY TRANSLATION from Baker Book House Church Connection
I wish the NASB was #1. I will maintain hope.
Septuagint as Targum: Use of the Septuagint in Hebrews 10:5 [Editorial note: as of August 23, 2014, this link is no longer being supported by the publisher.]
This is a scholarly article of 2,100 words, which includes footnotes and a bibliography.
I learned of Kevin when saw him commenting on James McGrath’s Exploring Our Matrix blog.
Has the Bible been through a number of additions and revisions? Mike Licona answers this question. (Video 2:55)
In our readings from Justin in the past and coming weeks, Justin makes a spirited case for Christianity on the basis of the Old Testament. Though Justin had access to the “memoirs of the apostles,” which likely included the Gospel of John, the Scriptures that became the New Testament had not yet been canonized and collected, so it is not surprising that Justin relies on the Old Testament. Since he was writing in Greek, Justin did not read the Old Testament in Hebrew, but in Greek. In two notable passages, which we’ll take up in a moment, Justin describes how the Old Testament was translated into Greek and the difference that made for Christian theology.
via An Introduction to the Septuagint, the Old Testament in Greek | Read the Fathers.