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Digging for Truth TV

Today, we begin a four part episode focused on major ideas forming the prevailing secular worldview in western culture. Dr. Joshua Kline will help us to explore how the Bible should be our foundation for our worldview formation, the power of ideas, worldview basics, and foundations of thought.

Pastor Bryan Windle joins us from Canada to discuss the birthplace of Jesus, the little town of Bethlehem. Bryan will provide an overview from an archaeological perspective, an exciting discovery from 2012, Jesus' birth there, and the Church of the Nativity. Don’t miss this fascinating journey to the birthplace of our Savior.

Bryan Windle joins us to discuss the life of Herod the Great. Bryan will be discussing Herod’s rise to power, his background, his building projects, the Slaughter of the Innocents, and his role in the Christmas story. We hope you join us for this journey through the biography of Herod the Great.

Geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling joins us again to discuss his geological research in the Grand Canyon. In part two, Dr. Snelling further explains the significance of folded sedimentary rock formations in the Canyon. After Grand Canyon Park officials tried to block his research because of their contempt towards his worldview as a biblical creationist, Dr. Snelling won the battle and then his team collected rock samples and then spent thousands of hours examining them.

Geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling will join us to talk about his original geological research in the Grand Canyon. In part one, Dr. Snelling explains the significance of folded sedimentary rock formations in the Canyon. He will also tell the story of how Grand Canyon Park officials and secular geologists tried to block his research because of their contempt towards his worldview as a biblical creationist.

Scott Lanser interviews Henry Smith about a major ABR research initiative: The Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogy and Chronology Research Project. Here in Part 3, we will be discussing the syntax of Genesis 5 and 11, and the numerical divergences in the MT, LXX, and SP.

Scott Lanser interviews Henry Smith about a major ABR research initiative: The Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogy and Chronology Research Project. Here in Part 2, we will be discussing the chronology and lifespan of Abraham, the Father of Faith. We will see how the meticulous chronological details embedded throughout the patriarchal narratives require a literal, historical interpretation of Abraham's chronology and lifespan. This has major implications for our understanding of the lifespans of his predecessors, and for biblical anthropology.

It is no surprise that liberal/critical scholars reject the historicity of the patriarchal narratives, and particularly the begetting ages and lifespans of the men listed in Genesis 5 and 11. Esoteric interpretations such as secret numerical systems or dependence upon Sumerian sexagesimal numbering are found throughout the academic literature.

In recent times, many evangelical scholars have argued that the numbers do not refer to actual ages, but are intended to bring honor to these great men of old. This is particularly the case for Genesis 5, but in some instances, this kind of interpretation has now been extended to include Abraham’s lifespan of 175 years (Genesis 25:7–8). This particular perspective requires that the sacred text cannot be understood properly without modern, specialized knowledge of ancient Near Eastern archaeological discoveries and texts. Dependence on these outside "authorities" is a deeply flawed hermeneutic that not only places the external evidence in a position of authority over the sacred text, it violates vital doctrines of Scripture: authority, clarity, and sufficiency. This construct necessarily means that the Church and her Jewish predecessors were unable to properly understand vast portions of the Genesis narratives, since they had no access to the “keys” which unlock the real meaning of the sacred text. The true meaning of the numbers in Genesis 5 and 11 (and now, even Abraham’s numbers) has been beyond the reach of God’s people until modern scholars came along to reveal the truth to us. This hermeneutical “key” to the numbers in Genesis 5 and 11 is not derived from Scripture itself, but is entirely based on fallible and fallen human interpretations of pagan mythologies and other ancient texts and material culture from the ANE. Moreover, systematic and biblical theology must be pushed aside to make way for the hermeneutical priority of modern scholarly interpretations of ANE literature and material culture (and all the attendant and often erroneous assumptions that are bound up with that perspective). This is a modern form of Gnosticism dressed in PhD garb.

 

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