Scriptures not matching

Andrew Lee -

Question
I just completed my manual work and listened to the video of Lesson 1.  I found 3 errors in the verses Dr. Davis quoted.  I guess this would be more important to know if they were going to redo the manuals.

  1. Page 18, B, 2 - God asserts the absolute certainty of his divine Word, Isa. 44.26-28.  Dr. Davis says in the video he is quoting Isa 44.26-28 but in fact the verses he speaks are Isaiah 44:24-26 (which are the correct ones)
  1. Page 28, B, 5, c - in the manual is printed Psalm 1:3 and in the video he says Psalm 1:3 but in fact he quotes Psalm 1:2 - the correct verse.
  • Page 28, B, 5, b - it is printed Psalm 19:11 and in the video he says Psalm 19:11 but in fact he quotes Psalm 119:11 - the correct verse.

Answer
Thank you so much for your careful listing and reading to the video lesson.  The context of the text tends to be my modus operandi in presenting modules where 1,000s of texts, passages, and scripture verses are referenced.  While in the presentation of the modules we sought to be as accurate as possible, our quotation and allusion to units of thoughts (biblical paragraphs or pericopes) is to provide the general sense of the text in its contexts.  The general rule, as you go further into Capstone, is to see the sheer volume and breadth of scriptural quotation and allusion that occurs in a given segment.  I appreciate your critical eye and Berean spirit of double-checking, and think that the students will appreciate this kind of careful reading.

As a norm, I think you will find fairly direct connection between quotes, allusions, and references, albeit dealing with so many is a daunting task in presentations like this.  (I have been personally comforted from, for instance, the writer of the Hebrews use of the OT, where he weaves Scripture within the argument and theme of his preaching, and does so without altering or butchering the text.  This has been the gold standard used throughout Capstone).  You should, however, know that hermeneutically speaking, we tend to refer to passages, units, or spreads of verses in making theological claims and arguments, and the actual presentation of a text may include a portion of the unit.  In some modules there is an exact quotation from the text, in other portions you will find an allusion to a particular line of argument in a paragraph, section, or passage.  As long as you follow the flow of the argument and the general tenor of the claims being made in a given module, this kind of exactness will be not only helpful but clarifying.  However, is you ignore what is said above, you may miss the forest for the trees so to speak.  Continue this kind of specific, clear, exacting oversight; it will benefit the students and make sure that the arguments are tight.  However, make sure that you actually hear the argument being made, and see the ways in which the scriptures so quoted are alluded to and used.  Both will be needed to 1) actually understand the argument being presented, and 2) see how the scripture is being referred to in the context of the argument being made on the video.

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