Yale Divinity Professor Gets Almost Everything about the Bible Wrong

HE WROTE AN ARTICLE IN RESPONSE TO MARCO RUBIO’S TWEETS FROM PROVERBS. THE LESSON HERE IS SHORT: FRIENDS WON’T LET THEIR FRIENDS ATTEND YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL. OR ELSE, THEY’LL END UP AS BLIND AS THIS PROFESSOR…

Marco Rubio has been tweeting Bible verses since May. His quoting from Proverbs has ruffled some feathers. And rightfully so, because Proverbs minces no words. In response, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School published an article at Politico in an attempt to blunt the force of Solomon’s words. He begins with the striking implications of Proverbs:

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Proverbs is notable in that is presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished. In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.

He’s basically right. That’s the Christian worldview in a nutshell: good things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people. I say “generally” because we know that God’s providence is more mysterious than that. Job and his friends discovered that. Good things happen to bad people, and bad things also happen to good people. But, in general, God created the world, he planned history, he established the rules of conduct, and he rewards and punishes in history based on those rules.

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It’s so stunning, actually, that it’s difficult for most Christians to even accept in this modern era. But the Harvard professor assures us that things are ok. This isn’t really the way things are. It’s okay to scoff at this simplistic and even harsh worldview…

 

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