By Norman L. Geisler
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The Lord spoke to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I was with Moses, I will be with you’” (1:1–3:7). “And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God” (24:26). Judges After the death of Joshua, the book of Judges reveals that “the Lord said” (1:2), and again, later, “God spoke to Gideon” (6:25). The angel of the Lord appeared with a message on several occasions (Judg. 2, 5, 6, 13). Ruth This book was probably appended to the book of Judges in its original position (see discussion in chaps.
The Bible is written for the common men of every generation, and it therefore uses their common, everyday language. The use of observational, nonscientific language is not unscientific, it is merely prescientific. The Scriptures were recorded in ancient times by ancient standards, and it would be anachronistic to superimpose modern scientific standards upon them. 5‐58. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1949) pp. 38‐39. 267‐96. Ibid. ” The Scriptures say that the Queen of Sheba “came from the ends of the earth” (Matt.
Matt. 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19) and such permanent and special laws as the one “written with the finger of God” can be stated in different ways, then there should be no problem in extending to the rest of Scripture a diversity of expression within the concept of a verbal inspiration. The use of individuality and personalities Inspiration does not exclude the use of different personalities, with their own literary styles and idiosyncrasies, in recording the written word of God. To observe this, one need only compare the powerful style of Isaiah with the mournful tone of Jeremiah in the Old Testament.