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Scrawly
04-24-2015, 02:29 PM
We as humans have come a long way. There have been tremendous and wonderful advances in pretty much every area of human endeavor. The biblical authors would be in for quite the shock if they were exposed to our "new world", as they were part of the "old world".

My question is, to what extent was the "old world" reflected in the Biblical text? Is there any critical information/(world)views in the biblical text that we should consider outmoded and strictly relegated to the "old world"?

Cow Poke
04-24-2015, 03:14 PM
:popcorn:

Leonhard
04-24-2015, 03:23 PM
We as humans have come a long way. There have been tremendous and wonderful advances in pretty much every area of human endeavor. The biblical authors would be in for quite the shock if they were exposed to our "new world", as they were part of the "old world".

My question is, to what extent was the "old world" reflected in the Biblical text? Is there any critical information/(world)views in the biblical text that we should consider outmoded and strictly relegated to the "old world"?

I originally wrote sin, until I saw you had written views and information, and not merely something belonging to the old world. Definitely sin is outdated, we ought to be way past it. Old habits die hard. :sad:

KingsGambit
04-24-2015, 06:22 PM
There are references to the "evil eye" within the Bible, and I think most people would put that as part of the "old world". Bruce Malina expands on this in great detail in one of his books I had to read last semester.

Scrawly
04-24-2015, 06:50 PM
There are references to the "evil eye" within the Bible, and I think most people would put that as part of the "old world". Bruce Malina expands on this in great detail in one of his books I had to read last semester.

What's the scripture reference for the "evil eye"?

Scrawly
04-24-2015, 06:54 PM
How about the 3-tiered cosmos?

"Wayne Horowitz has chronicled Mesopotamian texts that illustrate this multi-leveled universe among the successive civilizations of Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. The heavens above were further subdivided into “the heaven of Anu (or chief god)” at the very top, the “middle heavens” below him and the sky. In the middle was the earth’s surface, and below that was the third level that was further divided into the waters of the abyss and the underworld.

Let’s take a look at the Scriptures that appear to reinforce this three-tiered universe so different from our modern understanding of expanding galaxies of warped space-time, where the notion of heaven and hell are without physical location. Though the focus of this essay will be on Old Testament context, I want to start with the New Testament to make the point that their cosmography did not necessarily change with the change of Old to New Covenants. (See Phil. 2:10, Rev. 5:3, 13,,Ex. 20:4, Matt. 11:23)".

Source: http://biologos.org/blog/mesopotamian-cosmic-geography-in-the-bible-part-3