He stood for all that was good, and the Hebrews constantly strove to live in a way that would be pleasing to him. In seeking to build and adopt a biblical culture, let us avoid adopting the corrupted vestiges of Hebrew thought as they survive in mystical traditions or the Talmud, but let us adopt a biblical culture that allows the richness of applicability and Hebrew worldview with the common standard and equal standing of all before God that the Bible preaches so eloquently and forcefully.
Each approach has part of the whole story, but like the blind men trying to describe an elephant by feeling its tail, torso, leg, and snout, only a part. Teacher picks students The Rabbinical system has the Rabbi choose his student. Mystery God is mysterious and deep. One important difference between our worldview and that of the Biblical authors is that of cosmology.
As someone who tends to use words precisely but also intend a wide variety and applicability of meaning, I suppose I am someone who has dwelt in both realms of thought within my own life. In fact, the language in these covenants is similar to the language used in Hebrew marriages, which indicates that the Hebrews desired an intimate relationship with God.
The second example points to the negative tendencies in the humanistic variants of both Jewish and Greek thought that we all must guard ourselves against, since it is pristine biblical culture and not the corrupted traditions of either Jews or Greeks, that we wish to adopt, as is stated in 1 Corinthians 1: Further, God was not some entirely removed being from the world.
Greek Thought Having seen what Hebrew thought is like, with its layers of layers of possible meaning, let us examine Greek thought.
Chronology Greek views are concerned with chronology and making sure the order of events is perfect. It is not within the scope of this particular note though it is something I would like to write about eventuallybut there is an open question as to whether the original renewed covenant scriptures were originally written in Aramaic or Greek—and the Aramaic has a strong case that I believe is worthy of fuller investigation.
These are the people God looks to.
Perfect The Greek world strives for perfection. The Bible is composed of disparate pieces, each with their own author, audience, and purpose. And since I would hazard to guess that few people desire to purposefully misinterpret the Bible, it seems important to seek a contextualized reading of any Biblical text.
As can be expected, Greek thought is somewhat less rich in possibility than Hebrew thought, but considerably more precise. The Bible has a context that we must be very important to understand, but it is not limited to our narrow blinders about what we may think it means. Everything God created was good and purposeful.One important difference between our worldview and that of the Biblical authors is that of cosmology.
Cosmology is the branch of philosophy dealing with the origins and structure of the universe. Essentially, cosmology involves how you think about what the world and universe look like and function.
My personal opinion, for what it's worth, is that some of these characterizations of differences between the Greek and Hebrew wisdom traditions are a bit overdrawn and over-generalized. In the Hebrew worldview God is the Lawgiver. Man cannot question, nor does he have the authority to disobey the law.
Law established by people. The Greek worldview places the law in the hands of the people. They are the one’s to decide which is right and which is wrong.
Education for the best. The Rabbinical way is to teach those who excel. By revealing the supernatural worldview of the ancient readers and authors, we’re able to see how these passages fit into the mosaic of the Bible.
“On earth, as it is in heaven” We’re all familiar with the saying, “on earth, as it is. -Worldview - refers to the way one perceives or interprets the world around him. -Example: One who has a secular worldview would probably have a very different opinion of education than one who has a biblical worldview.
Keywords: Old Testament, worship, monotheism, worldview Challenges for the Biblical Origin of Hebrew Worship.
The Old Testament claims that Israel’s monotheistic worship appeared at the outset of their history as a direct result of revelation from God.Download