David Lose, The Marbury E. Anderson Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, recently spoke on a podcast entitled, “What is the Bible?”
During the podcast he said this about the Bible,
“(i)t is this collection of stuff, all kinds of stuff from all over the place that have been passed down and put together and sometimes edited and changed . . .” (listen here)
Prof. Lose is stating a standard teaching theory in the ELCA called Redaction Criticism.
“Redaction Criticism of the Bible is the theory that different copyists and commentators of the early biblical writings embellished and altered the biblical texts throughout early Jewish and Christian history to make them appear more miraculous, inspirational, and legitimate. An example of redaction theory would be the claim that Old Testament prophecies were modified by redactors after the fact to make them appear as miraculous prophecies. Redaction criticism reduces the quality of the biblical record, casts strong doubt on its inspiration, and implies that the Bible is not trustworthy as a historical document." (read here)
And one wonders how the ELCA can make policies and take positions that are completely contrary to what God tells us in scripture? It's because many leaders in the ELCA have very little regard for it.
Read more about Redaction Criticism and the ELCA here.
Read more about David Lose from Exposing the ELCA here.
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1 Thessalonians 5:21
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