Dec 8, 2008

A Common Theological Mistake: Searching for Answers Outside of the Text

Nijay Gupta has an excellent post concerning a common mistake in theological research. He writes,

We must be cautious, though, of too eagerly searching for answers outside of the text. What often ends up happening is this: We think Paul (or Luke or whoever) connects concept A to concept B. Why does he do that? Let’s look at the contemporary literature. Ok, we see that Philo links concept A to concept C. And we see Jubilees link concept C to concept B. Thus, Paul was influenced by Philo and Jubilees and THAT explains the mysterious relationship of A to B….right?

I think that Gupta is dead on with this caution. Raed his entire post here.

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