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Patterson has heheld a ne\\ land for traditional evangelical hihlicists and has led the way into it. The following chapters reflect some of his vision. 43 LITERARY FORMS AND INSPIRATION John S. Feinberg Accurate identification of literary genres affects many issues. even some we might not suspect. The complaint about teaching the theory of evolution as scientific fact in public schools is common among Christians. If evolution has a right to be heard in the science class, then so does creationism.

1:1). Surely, this refers not only to the prophets' oral communication (their preaching), but to their writing as well. o the prophets in various ways. Theologians and exegetes have not always taken seriously enough these two facts: (1) God spoke ^rowg^ the prophets in many ways and (2) he spoke /o them in many ways. However, both facts have great significance 1. James Barr, 7»eZMVe («f/beModem W^rM(Lond«n: SCM, 1973), 125. 46 Literary Forms and Inspiration for a proper understanding of the genres of Scripture.

Symbolic logic consists of various symbols and various rules for combining those symbols to communicate one idea rather than another. Thus, if a written document contains nothing but the symliols of symbolic logic, the marks on the paper will communicate nothing unless they are arranged according to the agreed upon rules for communicating something by means of those symbols. Anyone reading it will not he able to understand it. So, there is a genre that identifies even a technical language, like symbolic logic, as a language and allows us to understand what the writer is trying to say.

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