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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: The old testament  Reply with quote

Jim wrote:
Paul;
Obviously, "allegory" is never a scriptural concept.
However, unless one subscribes to a complete, YEC literal interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis, I do not think that one can take allegory or parable out of the equation.
Certainly, Job was one of the earliest texts written which forms the Torah, the Pentateuch having been either written, or, in my opinion, very heavily edited, in the sixth/fifth centuries B.C.


I never argued that the literal sense rules out the allegorical sense. For instance, it is possible to believe in both as indeed the Church always has, that is, whilst believeing something to be literallly true one can also believe that it has an allegorical meaning as well. What I believe can't be argued for is that the ancients never believed in Genesis in a literal sense. I have never seen any evidence for this. But neither am I arguing for a wooden literalness (ie. the meaning of "day" in the creation account or God "walking" in the garden).

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