Book Notes: Humphrey, “Scripture and Tradition”


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Most Relevant Audience: Anyone interested in the Bible and church tradition and relationships between them.

Date: 3/25/2016

Edith Humphrey, Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013),

On translation of “tradition” 34

Contradictions in OT tradition 37-38

O traditions are “reread, modified, interpreted, and, in these ways, passed on.” 47

  • Chronicler

“The New Testament writings themselves do not give undue value to writing over other means of communication…the Bible itself, whether the Old Testament or the New, does not make a distinction between Scripture and Tradition in terms of what is written over against what is oral. Jesus critiques the Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of the Torah, not for having oral traditions. The Torah, Paul suggests, can be used so that it becomes a dead letter or a veil over the face.” 62

“God works not just top down but also bottom up.” 101

“…the Holy spirit is not bound to an ‘original’ language of transmission.” 148

“it is impossible to detach Scripture from the living Tradition of the Church and pay attention only to the written canon.” 149

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