Monday, November 14, 2016

Prophecy as revelation

The truly critical historians, however, take into account the fact that our contemporary ideas of historical truth were not those held by ancient writers or readers. Above all, they know that the truth of revelation cannot be verified or falsified on a historical basis, whatever its standards. They will reserve their judgment and confine themselves to the claims of the prophetic literature. The literature’s claim that it is the revelation of God’s word is understood and explained in its historical context where, as we have seen, the problems of historicity had not been raised.—The Prophets of Israel, pages 34–35

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