O noua biblie de studiu

thxq5t3oxnEditura Zondervan a publicat o noua biblie de studiu: ‘NIV cultural background study bible in luna august. Aceasta biblie prezinta contextul cultural in care au fost scrise cartile biblice.  Scriptura nu este aculturala; ea a fost scrisa intr-un context cultural total deosebit de cel al nostru. Cunoasterea contextului cultural al bibliei ofera o mai buna intelegere a textului biblic. In spatele textului biblic exista realitati pe care ca si cititori trebuie sa le stim: cultura, istorie, geografie, si viata oamenilor carora Scriptura le-a fost adresata in mod direct. NIV cultural background study bible este o sursa pretioasa pentu cei ce doresc sa-si largeasca orizontul biblic. Doresc sa prezint un  exemplu din Gen.3:1: ‘1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?b” The Serpent. Referinta despre sarpe afirma: ‘In the Gilgamesh Epic, after Gilgamesh acquires the magical plant that will rejuvenate him, it is stolen by a snake. In the Story of Adapa, one of the guardians of Anu’s palace, where Adapa is offered the food of life, is serpent-shaped or accompanied by horned serpents, and he is the guardian of the demons who live in the netherworld. In Egypt, the serpent was associated with both death and wisdom. The Genesis account draws on both aspects in the wisdom dialogue between the serpent and Eve and with the introduction of death after the expulsion from Eden.

Many Egyptian gods, especially the primeval gods, were represented in serpent form. Wadjit, a lower Egyptian deity, was considered the protector of the pharaoh and is represented by the uraeus serpent on his crown. The earth-god Geb had a serpent’s head. The snake-god Apophis was considered the enemy of order. In addition, the idea that animals in general, and serpents in particular, could communicate with humans is common in Egyptian literature. Serpents in Egypt are also connected with occult wisdom. The ureaus is sometimes invoked as a magician.
Because of the NT and the development of Christian theology, it is most common for people today immediately to think of Satan as the serpent in Ge 3, but the Israelites never made that connection. We cannot recover what Adam and Eve would have thought about the serpent, but the ancient Near Eastern literature gives us an idea of some of the images that came to mind for the Israelites living in their time and culture. Foremost is the association of the serpent with life and death. Likewise the serpent is wise, is connected with disorder, and can be the enemy of God—perspectives that are meaningful in this context’. ◆

NIV cultural background bible se poate cumpara de la libraria crestina ‘Koorong’ ori descarca electronic ca ebook costul fiind de 4AUD. Recomand aceasta biblie de studiu tuturor cititorilor, si mai ales celor ce predica pentru a elimina ‘folclorul teologic’ prevalent la amvoanele bisericilor datorita ignorantei cu privire la contextul cultural in care a fost scrisa Scriptura.