A Penchant for Minutia

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God's <abbr>EPIC</abbr> Adventure
Foundationalism, as we will see in a later article, has a penchant for minutia which seems to assist readers of Scripture to read it fissiparously. Foundationalism has produced for us the plague of versitis, topicalitis, and systematitis.

The Bible was designed by God to be heard and read. In the “Welcome” section to The Promise Bible God’s Words in Your Words (Contemporary English Version) mission is described as being a translation that can be read, heard, and listened to with enjoyment.[ref]The Promise Bible God’s Words in Your Words (CEV). Promise Bible (Contemporary English Version vi.[/ref]

We must remember that the Bible was first meant to be heard as its stories were told and read later after they were written down. Of course, we in the Western world have a difficult time wrapping our minds around the idea of an oral Bible. We think that literacy comes from being able to read written works, so if one only had an oral work the person presenting and the people listening would thereby be illiterate. Susan Niditch argues the opposite point of view in her book, Oral World and Written Word: Ancient Israelite Literature.[ref]Susan Niditch, Oral World and Written Word. 39-41.[/ref]

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)