Theological threads and themes in the Bible Part 1
By Atheist Answers (Facebook Page)
The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by over 40 different authors, separated by a time span of over 1,500 years, from different geographical locations with different trades from fishermen to kings...
Now the Bible as seen through a Christian Theistic Bibliology (interpretation of the Bible) has two sides to it's authorship; one a very human side and the other an inspired authorship of GOD working through men via His Holy Spirit.
Now the human side is very easy to see of the Bible's authorship\nature and most skeptics would not apply any more to the Bible than a human authorship\nature.
What is interesting to note though is the theological background themes\threads that weave the Bible together as if there is one transcendent author, with themes which could never have been woven together by a man as these doctrines are not mentioned or worked toward, but they just all happen to fit together.
When we do a systematic theological study (study the whole Bible on a certain topic or theme) of Bibliology and Christology (the study of Jesus) we find an interesting correlation of natures and names.
Now that is:
Jesus had two natures as found in the Bible; HE was 100% fully GOD and 100% fully man (hypostatic union).
Jesus and the Bible share the same synonymous name and the same synonymous nature (they are both called the Word of GOD).
Just as Jesus was called the Word of GOD; so the Bible was called the Word of GOD.
(And the conclusion is found) Just as Jesus was 100% fully man and 100% fully GOD; so to the Bible was written 100% fully by men and was also written 100% fully by GOD...
(this doctrine is not written in the Bible as a verse, this doctrine is found when the Bible is pieced together and studied to make a theology)
OK now to go onto the theological background thread\themes, the above was just to show by comparing it with the nature of Jesus (which most people understand) what I mean by the Bible having two authorships\natures (human and divine).
There are lots of these types of themes I am about to show, but this thread will only be dealing with one of them. This thread is going to show how the lives of both Jesus and the Apostle Paul toward there end had a very similar symmetry when compared.
Now the stories for each character I am about to show are taken from pieces of a range of different New Testament books which have different authors. But when they are put together an interesting theological theme is found.
First Jesus then Paul
In John 9:4-6, the rabbis make false charges against Jesus to the Roman authorities. In John 19:4-6, however, Pontius Pilate wants no part in judging Jesus. This is the beginning. The ministry of Paul and his last days replayed what happened to Jesus in His last days. False charges were made by the rabbis against Paul to the Roman authorities, but the Roman governor wanted no part of judging Paul either as we see in Acts 18:12-18. What happened to Jesus also happened to Paul.
In Mark 14:12-15, prior to His arrest, Jesus met with His disciples at Passover in an upper room to break bread. In Acts 20:6-8 Paul met with his disciples in an upper room to break bread before he was arrested.
In John 10:15 and in Mark 10:32-34 Jesus predicted His death to His followers, accepting it as God's will for His life.
In Acts 20:24-25 we see Paul doing the very same things.
In John 18:11 Jesus' disciples attempted to convince Him to avoid this death, not to go to Judea in order to spare His life.
In Acts 21:11-13, Paul's disciples also try to persuade him not to go to Jerusalem in order to save his neck.
Matthew 7:15, 24:11, Mark 13:6, and Luke 21:8 contain warnings from Jesus about wolves that would come to devour the sheep once He left, and He did this at the end of His three-year relationship with them. Acts 20:29-30 shows Paul at the end of three years warning his disciples about false prophets who would come in among them.
Mark 15:12-15, John 19:15, Luke 23:21, and Matt. 27:21-23 record that the multitudes cried out for the death of Jesus, having been incited by the rabbis. In Acts 21:36 and 22:22 we find the multitude demanding Paul's death after having been incited by the rabbis.
Matthew 26:59-61 shows the rabbis trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus; He was falsely accused of teaching against the Torah and the Temple. Acts 21:28 records the same thing happening to Paul – the rabbis falsely accused him of teaching against the Torah and the Temple.
In Luke 23:8 we see how Jesus aroused curiosity, then intrigue, with the civil Roman government; in Acts 22:30 we find that Paul, too, aroused curiosity and then intrigue with the civil Roman government.
In John 19 and Matthew 27 the Roman government tried to release Jesus, but then turned the entire affair over to the rabbinic authorities once they were unable to free Him, knowing He was innocent. In Acts 22:30 and 18:15 it happened to Paul.
Matthew 27:24 reveals that the Roman authorities were forced to re-intervene in the case of Jesus in order to prevent rioting; Acts 23:10, 21:34-36 records that the Roman government also had to intervene in Paul's case to prevent rioting.
The Roman governor in Matthew 26:4 came from Caesarea to Jerusalem to judge Jesus when the rabbis formed their conspiracy to kill Him; the Roman proconsul came from Caesarea to Jerusalem to judge Paul under the same circumstances, in Acts 23:12, 21.
Jesus was delivered by His Jewish brothers into the hands of Gentiles and the governor in fulfillment of a specific prophecy as seen in Luke 23:1, Matthew 27:2, Luke 18:32. In Acts 10:18 Paul underwent the same ordeal, again in fulfillment of a specific prophecy.
John 18:22 tells of Jesus being struck for the way He spoke to the high priest; Acts 23:2 tells of Paul also being struck for the same reason.
In Matthew 23:27 Jesus called the religious hypocrites “whitewashed tombs”, alluding to the whitewashing of sepulchers for the Pesach. In Acts 23:3 Paul calls the priest a “whitewashed wall”.
Jesus used the Resurrection to counter-manipulate the Pharisees and Sadducees against each other when they had come together against Him, in Luke 20:26-40. In Acts 23:9, Paul uses the same strategy.