[quote=EA_Man]Talk about grasping at straws!
I never said the Bereans were reading the NT. I said they were reading the scriptures.
The point, which you so unartfully tried to avoid, is that we see the Bereans lauded for checking the testimony (oral preaching / tradition) against scripture to check its veracity. Not the other way around. Also, I don’t see Luke condemning the Bereans for verifying Paul’s testimony, on the contrary, he says they were of much nobler character.
Get that? Using scripture to check oral tradition for its trustworthiness.
Speaking as someone with a Masters in History, I can tell you that oral traditions stand a FAR greater likelihood of incurring transmittal errors than do written records.
But, thanks for the advice.
Your kidding me right? You said that we say there were no scriptures around and use this verse to “prove” it. Talk about grasping at straws. I wouldn’t give you a cup of coffee for that Masters I am sorry to say.
As for the Bereans being lauded for checking scriptures, you simply don’t read very carefully, which may be a part of your history problem.
11: Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessaloni’ca, FOR THEY RECIEVED THE WORD WITH ALL EAGERNESS , examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Their nobility was in their eagerness at hearing the word of God coming from Paul’s mouth. He wasn’t handing out Bibles. He was giving them oral teaching. It thrilled them that it matched with what was in scripture.
God bless EA