Editorial -- By: Anonymous
BETS 9:3 (Summer 1966) p. 109
Crucial to an analysis of the tensions in modern theology is an under-standing of the subject of divine revelation. All too frequently present day theologians are not familiar with the use and significance of this term in the history of doctrine nor with the biblical data from which this concept emerged. To this issue the following studies in this volume should provide further insight and understanding.
Timely indeed is the critical yet constructive evaluation Dr. Preuss provides in his discussion of modern views prevailing on the subject of divine revelation. With keen insight he points out the ambivalent usage of this term by modern writers. Delving into the inconsistent way in which the doctrine of revelation is used currently he critically analyzes the contextual passages of current theologians and then offers a fair evaluation in terms of the biblical basis for divine revelation. The consequences of a hazy view of revelation suggested by Dr. Preuss are worthy of serious consideration by every Christian scholar who desires to provide biblically based and constructive leadership in guiding the Christian Church today.
Exegesis and interpretation of Scripture are vitally affected by a theologian’s view of revelation as well as inspiration. This is apparent in the scholarly insights provided in the three studies in this issue on the subject of prophets. Book after book published since the turn of the twentieth century reflects a non-biblical view of divine revelation. Very frequently the naturalistic interpretation prevails without any consideration for the supernatural.
Prophets were deeply involved in God’s communication to man. If a prophet was actually delivering a message for God the question of its origin is crucially significant. Did he produce it as a result of an ecstatic experience or through his keen intellectual insight and analysis of current events or was it divinely revealed? Did God actually speak in some manner to the prophets and accompany this message with confirmation through miracles?
All too frequently extended studies have been published on the subject of prophets that reflect merely a cultural approach without a biblical perspective of divine revelation. Added to this is the assumption that the religion of the Israelites was adapted from contemporary culture. It is at this point that the biblical scholar needs to apply a keen sense of critical analysis. A simple word study on “ecstasy” or “high places” must be carefully evaluated on the basis of the biblical context. Immediately a scholar’s viewpoint is affected by his perspective on divine revelation. If the Pentateuch for instance represents the religion revealed through Moses then subsequent references should be interpreted on this basis. If the Pent...
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