Wednesday, September 9, 2009
People of The Book, Should Be People of Books
There is a great article over at Modern Reformation by Rick Ritchie that is worth checking out.
"Biblical religion's focus on the written word of God has always led naturally to literacy among God's people. It is common when arguing the authority of the Bible with an unbeliever to be asked the question "But wasn't this believed by primitive people who didn't even know how to read or write?" The answer is that a written revelation led to a literate society. The synagogue was an educational institution which required literacy, as in it the Scriptures were read. According to Scripture, Jesus read (Lk 4:16) and wrote (Jn 8:6). His accusing questions to the Pharisees begin with the words "Have you not read...?" (Matt 12:3,5; 19:4; 21:16,42; 22:31; Mk 2:25; 12:10,26), suggesting that his hearers were readers who should have read with more diligence. People of the book were always a literate people."