Is Passing the Impasse Too Impossible?

Jim West asks:

What’s intriguing to me is that no matter how far we seem to proceed in the discipline of historical methodology, we’re constantly brought back to the core issue which seems to be, the biblical text either is or isn’t ‘history’ (with all manner of variation along that spectrum). Is there a way past this impasse?

via From the Introductory Chapter of ‘From Conquest to Coexistence’ « Zwinglius Redivivus.

I think this is interesting for a lot of reasons.  First, I cover this in the introduction and first chapter of my book Of Men and Muses (currently undergoing revisions for a new edition, forthcoming); I believe the problem is that historical critical questions are not asked correctly, that is to say, they are too narrowed in their objectives.  Historical critical methods are, as part of their very nature, based not in retrieval (the interest of the author to his readers) but in Hegelian-esque interpretation (to assume a core historical event then seek to discover what that event is).

In order to push beyond this impasse, the historical critical method, still an important part of scholarship, should be employed only after one can determine the value the text has, theologically and culturally.  Only after the narrative function of a text is understood, the value, historically, can be understood.

Depravity: Teen Girl Killed on Facebook-Arranged Date

Why are youths this young going out on dates via Facebook?  Where are the parents?  How deplorable and tragic.

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian police say a 14-year-old boy has admitted killing a 13-year-old girl he met through Facebook.

Police spokeswoman Dalia Petrauskiene says the girl from the town Alytus was murdered after arranging on the popular social networking site to meet the boy, who lives in the capital, Vilnius. Her half-naked body was found at a bus stop outside Vilnius on Sunday.

The spokeswoman said Monday that the boy confessed to the killing. If found guilty of murder he faces a maximum 10-year sentence.

Lithuania is one of Facebook’s fastest growing markets, with some 710,000 users in the country of 3.4 million.

via Teen girl killed on Facebook-arranged date – Technology & science – Tech and gadgets – msnbc.com.

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