In 2000, Peter Nash returned to the USA, and the Colombian Catholic biblicist
Maribel Mena Lopes took his place for a short period.
As a good biblicist
, this was not only unacceptable to Menno, but something he considered to be the ultimate "blasphemy."
He found little in the black religious heritage important enough to influence or inform his unyielding biblicist
and radical exclusivist perspectives.
As professor emeritus at the school of social work at Bar Ilan University in Israel, Loewenberg brings to these texts a methodological focus trained on realities that in the texts are often opaque to biblicists
, Judaicists, and historians.
It remains, however, that the most interesting challenges to secularist assertions about questions as profound as the nature of the person have not come from divine command theorists or strict biblicists
. Rather, they have been articulated by Protestants and Catholics attempting to present their case on the very territory that post-Enlightenment thinkers have long proclaimed to be their own--human reason.
The problematic word is tsammah ([LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) in the phrase [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], which Pope has translated as "behind your veil." This word appears three other times in the Hebrew Bible: Song of Songs 4:3 and 6:7, and Isaiah 47:2, always in the genitive construct [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (3) Most contemporary biblicists
concur that tsammah means "veil" (from the root [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], as in the Arabic [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], to draw together or tie up") (4) and that the thrust of this phrase is a praise of the Beloved's eyes whose shining beauty can hardly be concealed by her veil.
If it were a matter of theology, surely biblicists
would notice the problems.
In a devastating tour-de-force, the Colonel laid bare the awful irony of the whole fundamentalist enterprise, what I like to call the "sliding scale of biblical infallibility." It is this: biblicists
start out claiming that the Bible is a divine revelation and should therefore govern both belief and behavior.
He studied injerusalem and can quote medieval and modem Jewish biblicists
with understanding and empathy.
For example, the department of biblical studies is one of five departments in the school, but three biblicists
are in the department of theology, and two are in the department of religion and religious education, he said.
Anabaptists were no mere moralists or simplistic biblicists
, as has sometimes been implied in the past, and much of the second chapter is devoted to distinguishing between more literalist and spiritualist Anabaptist interpretations of Scripture.
The Maronite patriarch greeted them with an encyclical that condemned their version of the Bible and forbade Maronites to associate with the English bibliyyun ("biblicists